Your February Action Plan: 10 Ways to Make Room for Joy in Your Life

UPDATED: May 22, 2023
PUBLISHED: February 1, 2017

Your Action Plan is a monthly to-do list of tips straight from SUCCESS magazine—10 things you can do right now to improve yourself and your life.

This month, make your happiness a priority by freeing yourself of any lingering stress or negativity. Take inventory of your emotions and start creating the joyous life you deserve.

1. Filter your world.

This week, avoid the negative voices in your environment. Surround yourself with the books, people and news that uplift your spirit instead of drag you down.

Read: The Pursuit of Happiness

2. Get it done.

Utilize the precious moments between meetings and phone calls to complete the things on your to-do list that you’ve been putting off. Choose production over perfection to boost your momentum and get the ball rolling.

Read: John C. Maxwell: 4 Steps to Lead Your Team to Win Big

3. Build bravery.

Confidence is like a muscle—you build it through consistent action. The next time you’re afraid of doing something, count down from five and just do it.

Read: Mel Robbins on Changing Your Life in 5 Seconds

4. Health check.

Does thinking or discussing your financial situation cause you anxiety or stress? Take the money mindset quiz and take the necessary steps to build a healthy relationship with your finances.

Read: How Healthy Is Your Relationship With Money?

5. Practice self-care.

The next time your anger gets the best of you, look in the mirror and remind yourself that the behavior was stupid, but you as a person are not stupid. Forgive yourself and move on.

Read: How to Control Your Anger

6. Clear the clutter.

Make a list of tasks you can delegate to your team. Free up your mental bandwidth to tackle big decisions and allow your creative juices to flow.

Read: J.J. Abrams and the Unopened Mystery Box

7. Jump then fall.

Remember that business you’ve been dreaming of launching? It’s time to act. This month, write out all of the details: finances, first steps, your vision and mission. Stop putting off the life you deserve.

Read: How to Leave Your Boring Job (And Do Something You Love)

8. Give a little.

Perform five random acts of kindness today. It can be as small as an uplifting note or catching up with an old friend. Reflect on your improved mood and commit to one generous act per week.

Read: How 30 Days of Kindness Made Me a Better Person 

9. Win big together.

Think about an upcoming big project or goal. Then make a list of people you would put on your dream team to achieve it. Reach out for potential collaboration.

Read: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself for a Successful Collaboration

10.  Fun and games.

One complimentary snack costs a company about $2 and results in an employee spending 40 more minutes at work. What can you do to boost your team’s productivity through a fun and inclusive work culture?

Read: The Key to Accomplishing More: Having Fun


This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.