Can you believe that we’re already less than 90 days from the new year? It seems like the older I get, the years become shorter. I’m amazed at how years began to feel like months and months began to feel like days. I’m constantly asking, “Wasn’t January just last month?” People are usually busy living life during the year and rarely take a step back to see if they are accomplishing things they said they would at the beginning of the year. That is okay! Life happens, things happen. There were definitely things I said I would do and didn’t. But I did do things I wouldn’t imagine doing!

I have always waited until the new year has started to reflect on the previous year. It would be a couple of months into the year before I began making plans on what I wanted to accomplish for the year. After doing this year after year, I decided instead of waiting and taking old habits into the new year or regretting what I didn’t do, I am going to spend the last 90 days preparing myself for 2018. Here is how you can do so too!

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Write Down Successes

How often do we talk about the things we’ve done well and what is going right? I’ll have to say not very often. I’ll be honest, I can complain a lot about little things. Take time and write down everything you have succeeded at. Whenever you second guess if you are capable, go back and look at everything you’ve been able to accomplish.

Stay in the Present

Don’t try to control the past or worry yourself about what is yet come. You only have now, so enjoy the moment. Be present in everything you do. Time is the only thing that doesn’t wait on anyone. So don’t waste time worrying about things that you can’t control.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Drink water, eat fruits and vegetables, and exercise. Then repeat, just that simple right? It’s usually not but living a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be difficult. My rule of thumb is to do today what your future self will thank you for.

Develop habits

Every year I say I want to do this and that but often times never follow through with them. I will start for a few days but it doesn’t go past that. Having healthy habits allows room for a structured life. Once you’re able to create one habit, it should be easier to pick up other ones. You may start one thing and fall off, but always start over.

I realized I found myself arriving to the end of the year feeling like I should’ve started making my New Year resolutions before the New Year. I try to make each year better than the year before. I believe I can do so by preparing for it, instead of waiting for it to arrive.

How are you preparing for the new year?