It's 2020 - a brand new decade. What are you up to? Life is short. Now is the time to take action on all the things you dream of. You deserve to live a life that feels good and is what you want it to be. As we slide into the end of the first month of 2020, how are your annual intentions and goals for the year going? For many of us, this means looking at new ways to live healthier, be more productive, and find balance within our busy schedules. Here are 6 ways to boost your likelihood of success no matter what your personal goals may be.

1. Exercise: consistency over duration.

Many people create their own barrier to fitness by setting unrealistic expectations. The key is consistency. 15-20 minutes of higher intensity workouts will keep you in better shape than one or two hours + long sessions during the week. Identifying exercise you can work into your daily routine can help. Whether it’s doing push-ups, jumping jacks, or doing a few vinyasas, finding ways to stay consistent will keep you in better shape over the long run. Consider vitamin B12 shots to boost energy and recovery and get the most in your fitness.

2. Get enough sleep.

Whatever your productivity goals are for the coming year, those goals depend on having a body and mind that can deliver the focus and energy required to function. One easy way to change bad habits is to reorganize your space and eliminate stimulating devices in your sleeping area that keep you up. Avoid working in your bedroom and consider offline, calming activities right before bed. Aromatherapy can also be a great way to wind down. I recommend lavender for sleep.

3. Have a growth mindset.

Having big goals require us to build courage and motivation in order to learn new things and overcome fears and bad habits. Stanford University has done a lot of work on the topic of having a growth mindset and has found that motivation is key. Considering that new job but don’t have the skills yet? Envision your future and make a plan to get there, starting with an audit of the skills needed and how you will acquire them. Looking to radically improve your health? Consider trying new things like naturopathic medicine, meditation or whatever it is you have always been wanting to try, but haven't done yet.

4. Small steps toward big goals.

One reason new year resolutions often fail is because we bite off more than we can chew at a time. Want to change careers? Try taking an online class to learn those new skills. Looking to run a marathon? Try starting with a 5 or 10k run/walk to start. Breaking big goals down into smaller action steps can keep you motivated as you achieve each milestone.

5. Find a supportive network.

You don’t have to go it alone. Simply creating a network of supportive individuals around you can help you stay motivated for the long haul. Many of my regular patients come to me not only for custom vitamin shots, but also to learn how natural medicine can help them achieve goals in all aspects of their life. My team and I are here to answer questions and offer support. Just reach out and connect with me. I look forward to supporting you.

6. Progress not perfection!

Did you already fall off track just a few weeks into your 2020 goals and resolutions? All is not lost. Guess what? You are totally allowed to just get back on the horse so-to-speak. You don't have to do it perfectly. But you do need to KEEP GOING if you want to succeed. So just start again. Creating new habits can include some falls and slip-ups sometimes. That is okay. Most importantly, DON'T GIVE UP! And before you know it, you will have achieved those dreams.