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33 Ways To Make Positive Change in 2017

Now that the New Year is upon us it’s impossible not to consider how we’re going to make this year a little different from the last. Looking back on the previous year is crucial, and I believe the most productive way to do this is to focus on how far you’ve come – celebrating what you have accomplished, and getting excited for what’s to come.

I came across this quote the other day…

“Our job as humans is to hold on to the thoughts of what we want, make it absolutely clear in our minds what we want, and from that we start to invoke one of the greatest laws in the universe, and that’s the law of attraction. You become what you think about most, but you also attract what you think about most.”

John Assaraf

I like this quote because it acknowledges the fact that we are responsible for making ourselves happy, and have the power to be successful and live our life with purpose.

Below are some mantras, codes, practices, habits, things that I believe help make me a better person. I hope that they help you reach new heights in your life this year!


33 Ways To Make Positive Change in Your Life


1. Stop making yourself a victim.

It’s tempting to blame other people, however the reality is that you are the only person who has the power to change the things you don’t like in your life. Most often you are the one to blame for the things you’re not happy with. So if you don’t like something in your life, change it.


2. “XYZ” won’t make you happy.

If you are living your life in such a way that you think you will be happy when you make ______ amount of money, loose _______ number of pounds, are in a relationship with ________ , you risk never actually being happy… no matter what you have. Be happy with who you are and what you have right now, then try to make that better by going after the important things you really want in life. Let’s be honest, what is success without happiness?


3. Live EVERY Day like it’s a game day.

Life is your performance and it’s your job to dominate it.

  • Prepare for IT – mind set
  • Fuel for IT – nutrition
  • Train for it – movement
  • Rest for IT – recovery


4. Are you interested in your goals or are you committed?

When you are interested in something you’ll do it when it’s convenient. When you’re committed you will do it no matter what. What are the goals you’re committed to? Once you know them, focus on them.


5. Stop hitting the snooze button.

What if you got up 30 minutes earlier every day? This alone can change your life. Morning is the time when you have the most control and will set the tone for how the rest of your day play’s out. Getting up a little earlier has a compound effect, and could make the difference you’re looking for in your life.


6. Change your evening ritual.

Turn off your TV, close your laptop and pick up a book or do something that will help you to flip to recovery mode. You need to train yourself to power down at night. Doing so will not only help you sleep better, but also help you feel better during your daytime hours.


7. Cut out or cut back on the rift raft.

Surround yourself with people who inspire you and challenge you to want to be a better version of yourself.


8. Stop being afraid to go all into something.

What’s the worst thing that can happen from not holding yourself back? Half efforts don’t produce half the results. In fact, they don’t even produce results. 100% effort = 100% results. 50% effort = 0 results.


9. Aesthetic goals are fine but will only take you so far.

If you want to get serious about your training set performance goals and then dominate the $#!% out of that goal (refer to #8). By doing so you will also achieve your aesthetic goals. 😉


10. Learn how to recover.

This includes sleep, nutrition, and stress management. Most people don’t over train, they under recover. Make sure that you make recovery a priority.


11. Do something every day to make you better.

Be willing to let go of certain things to allow yourself to become the person you want to be. If it doesn’t serve you, it doesn’t change you.


12. Stop idling.

Don’t just think you can do something, believe it! Then start doing it. If you believe it, you will achieve it.


13. Do one thing at a time.

If you aim to create one new habit at a time you will be 100% more successful than trying to change everything at once. Multitasking is the ultimate scam out there and is never an efficient way to get things done.


14. Do things in spite of fear and doubt.

Act in spite of thoughts, feelings, and emotions.


15. Believe you deserve your success.

If you didn’t deserve it you wouldn’t have it. If you don’t believe in yourself (I mean, truly believe) you will find a way to sabotage all that you have achieved, every single time. Stop doubting yourself and start believing in yourself.


16. Drink more water.

Eat protein at every meal and throw in a veggie or two. Cut back on sugar, and stop eating fast food. Nutrition is not choice, it’s your responsibility. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you just have to try.


17. Lift heavy things.

Strength training will improve your performance and overall function. It helps build confidence, and facilitates fat loss.


18. Put in the work.

It’s not that you’re not good at something, it’s that you’re not trying hard enough.


19. Be consistent.

Greatness doesn’t come overnight, so be patient and trust the process. Make sure you celebrate your successes along the way no matter how big or small they are.


20. Be proud of the person you have fought to become.



21. Trust yourself.

You have likes, dislikes, dreams, wants, needs, and everything in between for a reason. Trust your gut and go for what you want. Life doesn’t need to be complicated.


22. Don’t be afraid to tell (remind) someone that you love them.

Gratitude and appreciation are the groundwork of every great relationship.


23. Be okay with doing things that make you feel uncomfortable.

If you’re not doing things that scare you a little bit then you are not pushing yourself anywhere close to your potential. Pushing through resistance is how you grow. 😉


24. Find joy in the process.

Be clear on what you want but learn how to enjoy the process instead of only focusing on the end result.


25. Look inside yourself.

When people piss you off, remember that the world is a mirror and what irks us most about others are typically the qualities we don’t like about ourselves. Don’t waste energy complaining about the things you don’t like about other. Change the things you don’t like about yourself.


26. Appreciate fear and vulnerability, but learn the difference between the two.

Fear is the belief that something will cause you pain. While being vulnerable is risking being in pain for the chance at something great. A worthwhile risk in my opinion.


27. Be grateful and do more for others.

Simple, but EXTREMELY effective.


28. Stop saying, “I’m busy”

Don’t try to glorify being busy, make time for things that are important to you. “I was (or am) too busy” is an excuse that will not serve you in the end. Stop saying it.


29. Stay positive.

Instead of being angry, strive to understand how you can make a situation better. Appreciate what is, and stop trying to justify what isn’t.


30. Believe in others.

Believe in somebody because sometimes people need you to believe in them before they can believe in themselves. Doing so will help you believe in you.


31. Dream big.

Don’t be afraid to dream big, life is too short to hold back or waste time.


32. Don’t let pain bring you down.

Pain is only ever temporary, and will dissipate with time.


33. Trust that the universe doesn’t always give you what you want, but it will give you what you need.


If you’re interested in learning how we can help you make a positive change in your life, book a free fitness assessment with us.

Change is only scary if you don’t have the support that you need to make it.


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About the author

Andrea Lawson has been a practicing Kinesiologist since 2008 and is the founder of Balance in Motion, a training facility created for people to rehabilitate from injuries, improve athletic performance, and crush their health and fitness goals. She is passionate about providing a space where anyone can step foot in and feel both comfortable and productive no matter the injury, age, or stage they may be at in their fitness journey. With this vision, Andrea has witnessed her clients achieve goals they never thought possible, and gain unmatched levels of confidence in themselves, helping them to Go Beyond Better.