Simple Tips for a Positive Start to 2020

Published by Julie Anne Byrne on

Now that the 1st day of 2020 has arrived I hope you find my few simple tips to start the New Year off on a positive note helpful.

Let me know in the comment section below what tips you found useful or what works for you.

The best way to wake up in the morning is by feeling good

Do not wait for something to happen in your life to make you feel good, no external circumstance should determine how you feel.

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha

wake_up_and_be_awesomeIn order to awake refreshed and feeling good, we need to have gotten enough sleep. Sometimes we need to examine our sleep patterns in order to determine if we are getting enough sleep. The body needs sleep in order to function. How much depends on the individual, every one of us is different and our needs will not be the same.

Keep your bedroom dark, quiet and set to a comfortable temperature having an ability for the sun to filter through in the morning.

Use Positive Self Talk

Don’t compare yourself to others, you are not them and they are not you.

Be careful how you express your thoughts, have a list of 2 or 3 positive affirmations that you will remember and recite this every day to yourself, anytime, anywhere.

“You live the words you tell yourself in your mind.” ~ Dr. Magdalena Battles

Have belief in your abilities and speak of them often to yourself. Regular positive messages that you tell yourself will encourage and motivate you.

Commit to doing ONE thing every day for yourself

Self-care is very important and can make all the difference in keeping your energy levels up.

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” ~Audre Lorde

Decide each day what one thing you will do to take care of you – 20min brisk walk in nature / catching up with friends / taking a bath and listen to music / read or listen to a bookyou-got-to-nourish-1Visit my section here for more ideas on how to practice self-care.

Visualise your goals

If it is good enough for athletes it is good enough for you. If it is your goal to run your first 10k just visualize yourself crossing the finish line and in your chosen time.

A simple yet effective way to visualise your goals and to stay focused and motivated on making your dreams a reality is to create a vision board.

You can create a vision board filled with your goal pictures and beside each goal write an affirmation for that goal.


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“In order to make visualization a reality in the world form, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.” ~Wayne Dyer

Remember always EXPECT results.

Be Kind Always

Find ways whenever you can to practice kindness towards your fellow neighbour, some people hide their troubles better than most.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Plato

Remember kindness is free and it is the one thing we are so very good at it.  Kindness has many benefits including increased happiness and a healthy heart.

The Universe will always find a way to reward your kindness and open doors for you.


Julie Anne Byrne

Hello, I am Julie Anne Byrne, and this is my blog website.  You can read more on my story in the About Me section above. I hope you enjoy your time visiting my site and reading my blogs and that you find them interesting. Please feel free to leave a comment on any post and I will respond. While I like to think the main purpose of this website is to share information, ideas and tips on living a positive and happy life it will also feature a section on My Recommendations and things I have come across or books of interest that I have read. I hope that communicating together we can combine our thoughts on how the journey through this wonderful experience called life can best be achieved.


Danijel · January 2, 2020 at 3:06 pm

Hello Julie, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. You shared some very useful tips on how to start this New Year, we all need that in this stressful and fast time. 

I will definitely share your knowledge with my fiance, she has been a little depressed lately because she lost her job. I am sure this will motivate her.

    Julie Anne Byrne · January 2, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Danijel thanks for your feedback greatly appreciated.  

    I’m sorry to hear of your Fiance’s loss, it’s only natural for her to feel down.  Perhaps it is the universe showing her a new direction that will benefit her more, I truly believe everything happens for a reason, even if it does not seem obvious at the time. 

    Wishing you both the very best of everything for the new year ahead! Julie Anne 

Alblue · January 2, 2020 at 3:18 pm

Thank you very much for this positive article 🙂 

I really needed to read this article today.  My life has been so negative lately. It is hard to have positive thoughts. 

I think I understand how to motivate myself and committing to a goal sounds like a good place to start.  I think I need to think more deeply about this.

Thanks again

    Julie Anne Byrne · January 2, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you Alblue for your honest feedback, I am sorry to hear you have been experiencing such negativity. 

    Perhaps take a few moments alone and re-boot… clear your mind and make a conscious decision to refocus on something positive happening in your life or something positive that you can do – do it today and tomorrow will definitely be a lot less grey! I promise you. 

    Wishing you the very best in this new year ahead and remember to take each day, one at a time. Julie Anne 

Kell · January 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm

These are truly nice simple tips for a positive start this year.  And one of my favourites from your list is to visualize your goals. I always imagine that I’m successful and excelling. Of course, I should point out that I have written goals and I work very hard to achieve them.

And the one that follows afterwards is positive talk. I always say positive things to myself.  Although hard sometimes because of real-life events and discouragement from friends. But I say this to myself and I can say that it has been helpful.

Thank you for this post.

    Julie Anne Byrne · January 2, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you Kell I appreciate your feedback. 

    Glad to hear you write down your goals, and good to mentally visual them but often in times of self doubt it is hard to conjure up that visual which is where having a vision board in your eye line comes into play.  

    It truly does add that little bit extra to help you to realise your goals.  In effect, you are telling the universe what has happened and so it shall be. 

    Positive self-talk once practised enough becomes natural over time, and being a more positive-minded person will help you to overcome any negative comments from your friends.

    I often find that those around us adapt to the practises that we portray as like attracts like. 

    Wishing you the very best in this new year ahead. Julie Anne 

MrBiizy · January 2, 2020 at 4:46 pm

Hello Julie, thank you for sharing these simple tips for a positive start to 2020. 

I really needed this now!  Before now, I usually compare myself with others deep inside my heart although I don’t say it out. 

But I have come to realise that I am me, I am different and I am unique. I know I have some qualities and gifts that nobody else has so I have learnt to be myself. 

I don’t compare myself anymore and I don’t allow others to compare me with anyone. I try to stay positive always in all circumstances and I have been doing fine all along.

Kind Regards!

    Julie Anne Byrne · January 2, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Hello MrBiizy I am glad you stopped by and thank you for your feedback.  I believe it is a very human trait to compare ourselves, and rather than look in the mirror we look to our neighbour – silly really like comparing apples with oranges to different species 😉

    It sounds like you have realised that your uniqueness is just that unique and not a carbon copy of anyone else be true to yourself and embrace the wonder that is you! 

    Life can sometimes throw a curveball when we are trying to practice positive mindset, so slow down and remember how you react to a situation can be just as powerful as having an opinion about it in the first place. 

    Take care of you, Julie Anne 

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