Make 2022 your Best Year Yet

Make 2022 your Best Year Yet and we don’t mean resolutions!

I’m getting ready to move, not just to a brand-new city – but a whole-new continent! This may give me a fresh start, but January represents a natural re-set for anyone. It’s a time I like to reflect on the past year and consider what I want to achieve in the next.

Here are my 5 top tips for getting what you want out of life in 2022:

  1. Get focused with specific Goals

It’s no secret that high performing business people, athletes and renowned public figures all set goals. To quote international author and life coach Tony Robbins: “setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible to the visible”. Be it Career, Physical, or Hobbies, spend just 10 minutes considering how these areas may work harder to fulfil you. Remember to be specific and actionable. So, if you want to act and sing, make a goal to contact the local theatre group to find out about ways you can get involved.

Assessing my motivations and passions led me to launching my own business, which has brought more purpose and happiness to my life. I love being surrounded my fragrances every day and seeing the joy my candles bring to people. It’s also allowed me to work with some other incredibly creative people from whom I always learn something. 

  1. Express your subconscious desires with a Vision Board

This is a creative way to set your goals and create better intentions. Browsing websites and magazines for inspiration is a way of tapping into your instinctive side and understanding what motivates you deep down. I usually produce a physical board using cut outs and print outs: retro, I know! From my magazine days I have always loved tearing my favourite images and inspiration from the beautiful glossy pages. For a virtual version, Figma or Pinterest are good options.

No matter what you put on your vision board, you must have the intention to achieve your pursuits, otherwise the exercise won’t make your ambitions a reality.

  1. Soothe the mind with Journaling

Journaling is a proven way of emptying the mind of worries, inspiring ideas, and supporting positive mental health. It’s important to write a stream of consciousness to ensure it is authentic and coming from the heart. Ideally write one side of A4 if possible. Doing this immediately when you wake up is the optimal time, but of course any time to suit you works too.

I actually journal just before going to sleep. It’s helped me to articulate ideas that seem to always come just as I’m about to fall asleep, remember useful tips and advice I’ve learnt throughout the day or simply to vent my anxieties. I always feel a weight lift once I have offloaded.

  1. Reduce anxiety and improve focus with Meditation 

Meditation is something I have been constantly recommended by both friends and self-help books. I had put off trying it. But surprisingly, after starting last year, it has improved my sleep, reduced anxiety, and made me clearer about my goals. I started with an app called Headspace which features a range of different meditation techniques from breath work, visualisation, and reflection. Now as part of my daily routine I meditate as soon as I wake up for 20 minutes.

This daily practice has had a huge impact on my focus for the day and general wellbeing. Try it – it really does work!

Recommended reading to get you started:

The Promise of Mediation, by Robert A. Baruch Bush

  1. Reading takes you to another realm

I was listening to the On Purpose with Jay Shetty podcast recently and he advised that the best gifts at Christmas were books and technology. It’s so nice to be selected books by friends and family that truly know you as they have a different angle about what will interest and inspire you. I have started to read books I would not have picked up from a range of genres and love learning new ideas, insightful tools, or about different cultures. 

Here are my top picks:

For improving your mindset: The High Five Habit by Mel Robins (non-fiction)

For finding hope and courage: We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt (fiction)

For pure escapism: On Beauty by Zadie Smith (fiction)

For career inspiration: She Made It by Angelica Malin (non-fiction)

I have found these methods useful in helping me achieve what I want in life so far – though I also understand that life is a journey. It’s not the destination that matters. It’s about making the experience as enjoyable and fulfilling as it can be that counts. 

Good luck and best wishes for a happy and successful 2022!