How to Make 2014 Your Best Year Ever
Here's a very simple technique that, if followed faithfully, will make 2014 into the best year you've ever experienced.
Put a tall mason jar on your desk (it needn't be anywhere conspicuous) and keep a small pad of paper and a pen nearby.
Every time something happens at that makes you feel happy or successful, jot it down, fold the paper up and stick it into the jar. Same thing with every achievement and new skill learned.
On the last day of 2014, dump out the jar and read all them aloud to yourself.
While this technique might seem a bit "crunchy," there is real brain science behind it.
First, recording these positive events when they happen strengthens the neural connections that comprise the memory of those events.
Second, because the mind tends to see whatever it's looking for, putting more focus on positive events makes you notice even more of them.
Third, reviewing the positive events of the year at the end of the year "reframes" the year as a positive experience, even if (objectively speaking) it's been a bit challenging.
Finally, throughout the year, the technique cultivates the kind of positive attitude that's most likely to make you more successful and draw other positive people towards you.
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GEOFFREY JAMES | Columnist
Geoffrey James was recently named a "Top 40 Social Selling Marketing Master" by Forbes, and his blog has won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. His writing has appeared in publications as diverse as Wired, Brandweek, and Men's Health, and he is the author of numerous books, including The Tao of Programming, Business Wisdom of the Electronic Elite, and, most recently, Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know.