Your January Action Plan: 10 Tips for a Total Life Renovation

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, take a hard look at where you stand in life and renovate where necessary. Get intentional about the things you want to change and take the first step today!

1. Stay strong.

Exercise is crucial for a healthy heart. This week, aim to walk 10,000 steps per day, and try to hit the weights twice per week.

Read: 7 Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy

2. Self-care.

Stay alert by taking time out of your day to meditate or do a yoga routine—anything that will help you recharge.

Read: 6 Morning Practices to Prevent Stress

3. Change language.

If negative thinking is keeping you down, rewire your thought patterns by using positive phrases such as “I can” or “I believe.”

Read: Attitude Is Everything—Here’s How to Keep It Positive

4. Get intentional.

Are you being purposeful? Write down your goals and take time to examine your intent behind each one.

Read: What Happened When I Tried to Fix My Entire Life at Once 

5. Fuel creativity.

To get your creative juices flowing, allow yourself to be bored. Taking a step back can give you a fresh perspective.

Read: 12 Creativity Hacks for 2018

6. Deal with it.

When you face inconveniences, how do you handle them? When problems come your way, make the best of them rather than allowing them to defeat you.

Read: How We Learned to Deal With the Unexpected

7. Learn more.

Reading is the best investment you can make in your personal development. Set a reading goal for yourself and stick to it.

Read: Our Favorite Personal Development Books, January 2018

8. Be courageous.

Do risks scare you? When faced with a risk, make a pros and cons list, then tap into your courage to tackle them with confidence.

Read: Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Ready to Risk It All

9. Own up to it.

Leaders must take responsibility for any problems a group faces. Create a plan for what to do when a crisis occurs.

Read: How to Take Responsibility in a Crisis

10. Aim high.

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Write it down, then break down that goal into smaller steps to make it more attainable.

Read: How to Set Solid Resolutions 


This article originally appeared in the January 2018 issue of SUCCESS magazine.


Cecilia Meis is a full-time writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. Besides SUCCESS, her work has appeared in Time Out Dallas, Rewire, Healthline and others. Outside of work, she plays beach volleyball, attempts home cooking and is ardently working toward making her cat, Nola, Insta-famous.

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