5 Actionable Ways to Start the New Year CONFIDENTLY

Available for Interviews:  Julie DeLucca-Collins

Julie DeLucca-Collins shows people how to create simple habits and go from overwhelm to self-doubt to having more peace, purpose, power,  passion, and prosperity. She is the author of Confident You: Simple Habits to Live the Life You Have Imagined.

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How to Start the New Year Confidently:

As a new year approaches, many people are looking to put 2020 behind them, while others are uncertain what 2021 may bring. Starting a New Year means introspection, intentionality and planning. 

 1) Create an intention for the new year. May people create resolutions, but these fade as the year progresses. The first way in which you can build confidence in the new year is to focus on an intention. Intention is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought.

 2) Pick one habit you want to tackle rather than an outcome. Focusing on what actions and habits to tackle can create more success. Goals are only achieved by the simple actions we take daily. This is the compounding effect. If we want to be fit, the daily actions and activities will be the road map that gets us there. Create a plan that is clear and doable. Acting on the plan will create momentum toward reaching our goals. 

 3) Share your goals and build accountability. Goals take time, hard work, perseverance and commitment to achieve. When you are accountable to someone or a group of people for doing what you said you would do, you can easily get stuff done because you engage the power of social expectations. The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone. Choose your spouse, a colleague, a master mind group, a reliable friend and tell them what your goal is and why it is important for you to achieve it.

 4) Don’t be afraid of setbacks instead commit to recommitting and learning from setbacks. Situations may arise that derail your progress. Sometimes one small setback may spiral into self-sabotage: Sneaking one cookie leads to eating the entire plate. Taking a week off of the gym becomes six months without exercise. Successful people learn to use getting sidetracked as an opportunity to reset and refine their approach. Developing good habits takes persistence and perseverance. Evaluate what went wrong, assess how to overcome the challenge in the future, and u-turn as soon as possible. Setbacks are opportunities to learn. 

 5) Use mindfulness to train your brain to stay focused. Mindfulness is a state of awareness and attention of present events and experience. It is also the openness and acceptance of the present events and experiences in your life right now. Those who practice it frequently report feeling less stressed, anxious, depressed, or impulsive. They also report being more positive and optimistic in life. Being present can actually help you think about and work toward what you need to achieve now. Stress can affect our brain in negative ways—especially our prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for our highest cognitive abilities such as behavior, planning, decision making, problem-solving abilities, and concentration. Using mindfulness to relieve stress can help you think clearly, focus on your goals, stay motivated, and feel grateful for the gifts in your life. 


Interview: Julie DeLucca-Collins

Julie DeLucca-Collins is a coach who helps individuals and businesses identify their dreams and create a road map to get there. She helps people navigate through the real or perceived obstacles in the way. Clients gain new confidence to take bigger leaps. She recently released her new book,  Confident You: Simple Habits to Live the Life You Have Imagined. For more information visit: www.goconfidentlycoaching.com/


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