How to Have a Successful 2018

How to Have a Successful 2018

With 2018 around the corner I felt inspired while in Hawaii to help you map out to have a successful year! As someone who has tried and tested almost every method from books and experts, I want to share with you my tips for making your goals a reality.

You can sit and road map your year by spending hours thinking about each and every detail which works for some but never for me. I have learned that if I don’t step outside of what I have already done I will stay stuck.

A couple years ago I moved to Thailand with my husband Norman and we were thrilled yet extremely nervous. Basically, all the feelings that you would feel if you were to move to another country where Engish is not the first language and the culture is so much different then what you are accustomed to. At first, I was excited because as a Sagittarius I love adventure, trying new things and love to get uncomfortable in new lands. Once I arrived it was a different story. I fell into a really deep depression, I had a hard time making friends and I felt like my world had just erupted and I hated life. Yes, I will put the word hate in this process here because that’s exactly how I felt.

I was writing letters to my mom and my best friends saying how much I hated being there, how I was counting down the days so I could come visit – everything was going wrong around me. I was going places to meet friends and people weren’t that nice to me. The lady at the front desk of my apartment building kept shaming me and told me I was ugly. I almost got robbed by a child who tapped me on the back when I went to the ATM. I didn’t like it at all. I literally had a calendar and I was crossing out the days until our year was up.

How to be successful in 2018

My husband knew I needed a break so he sent me back to California to visit all my friends and family, get my Whole Foods fix and recharge.

As a generally positive person, I’ve always kind of been a champion and I’ve always been rooting for other people and I loved helping people and I’m very positive and supportive, but at that time, I thought I was positive but I definitely was not.

The story I was telling myself needed to change and it did. I changed my storyline and everything changed. I went from not knowing anyone to having a successful boot camp that gave back and I went from hiding behind my computer to speaking on stages. I did all of this by shifting my focus on what was exciting and great about living in Thailand versus what was hard and uncomfortable. My life changed because I switched the way I saw things. Instead of focusing on the bad, I focused on what was good.

Change Your Mindset:

My first tip for you in entering this new year is to look at your life, what are you focusing on that’s so bad, is it really that bad or is it the story that you’re telling yourself. For instance, maybe your relationship with your significant other, all you see is the socks on the floor, all you see is the TV being too loud and you can’t think. That’s all you focus on and that’s the energy you’re putting out. When you focus on what’s good, more good will amplify. It’s not overnight, it’s not in the next hour, but I can promise you as someone who’s gone through a very dramatic life change, so drastic and dramatic you can shift your mindset.

I changed my life because I changed my mindset, and that’s why I’m so passionate about what I do with mindset.

Action Plan: Notice your thoughts throughout the day and ask yourself is that the best way to look at a situation Before you enter 2018, how can you change the story you’re telling yourself? It’s a question I want you to ask yourself. How can you change that story, what does it look like to change that story?

How to Have a Successful 2018

Believe In Yourself:

Number two, believe in yourself. Sync that in. What type
of energy are you putting out in the world when you talk about the work that you do? When people ask you what kind of work you do, are you answering with confidence or a question? When you do that, you don’t believe in yourself and you project that energy out to people. You tell them, I don’t believe in what I do and it doesn’t matter. When you step into who you are meant to be, believe in yourself enough to say it true.
You might feel like you are evolving right now and you probably are. You will always be growing and learning but believe in what you are doing so others understand what it is that you do. Do you believe in yourself and what you can do and what you can accomplish? If you aren’t sure what you want to do just yet, start to honor your skill sets. Are you an amazing painter or singer? Start sharing!

Action Plan: Practice your skillsets and start telling people about them. Share that art piece you just created, that blog post you wrote or start singing that song!

When you believe in yourself others will believe in you too. Your confidence will overflow and you will become more and more successful along the way.

How to have a successful year

Find Support

Find support, find someone who inspires you to try new things and jump into your dreams. Having a strong mentor and cheerleader is key. In almost every business book I have read, it states that having a mentor and/or a support group was one of the biggest keys to their success. This year I invested in a program I know I needed. Normally I would hide behind my ego and figure I could do things myself but honestly, I have done that for so long and spun my wheels for way too many years. I finally invested in my future and it was the best thing I ever did. I now have a plan, steps from a mentor who has been there done that and I finally feel like I have someone that gets where I am at and how to get unstuck as I grow.

If you are looking for support and accountability, someone to help you to find that limiting belief and break through that limiting belief, I would be happy to hop on the phone with you. I offer complimentary limiting belief sessions.

Action Plan: Use my guided meditation here and then grab a complimentary chat with me here.

Get Grounded:

The fourth thing is to get grounded. Like I mentioned on number twoโ€™s point on the storytelling and all of that and believing in myself is that I have a routine that helps me stay grounded every single day. I meet so many female entrepreneurs and I work with female entrepreneurs who are just all over the place. They’re running with their heads cut off, they have a GSD list, and they are constantly just on that to do list. Many wind up with adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances and wrecked relationships with themselves. Having a grounding moment before you even kick off the day will calm you and keep your fight or flight mechanisms at bay. Instead of adding another tick on your to-do list, try checking in with yourself throughout the day.

Action Plan: Tune in to your internal gut throughout the day. Take a deep breathe and ask yourself how you feel. I would highly recommend you take a 20-minute meditation at night before bed.


Are you going to find support, are you going to sit with yourself and see what story you’re telling yourself, are you going to start checking in with yourself every day taking those deep breaths? What does it look like for you to take one of these things I mentioned today and apply it?

I have so much in store for 2018! You can expect meditations, videos, all kinds of cool stuff, so I look forward to serving you at my highest good!

So I wanna know…

  • What are you looking forward to most in 2018?
  • Do you meditate?

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  • Erika Lancaster

    Hello Courtney! I am an illustrator/artist that is very much into mental/physical health. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I found your post very helpful and inspiring as someone who is just starting an art business! The “Believe in Yourself” point really resonated with me, as I finally decided a few months back to give myself permission to leave years of working as a full-time employee in order to pursue my own dreams. I think one of the reasons why I worked for others for so many years is because I didn’t believe in myself enough to realize that I COULD make a living from doing what I love and helping others that love art as much as I do. I am now working hard at developing myself artistically and sharing my journey with the world while helping and encouraging others out there. It’s been amazing so far! I know it’s going to be hard work, but I need to continue being my own cheerleader as I work my way towards entrepreneurship! Thanks so much for the encouragement!

    • YESSS I love this story and YESS YOU CAN!! I am excited to see your journey and read more about it, I am always inspired by women like yourself who GO FOR their dreams!! Sending so much LOVE and cheering you on! Keep one foot forward and your dreams WILL come true!

      • Erika Lancaster

        Thanks so much! I wish you happiness and success in all you do! I’ll be back for more!

  • Christie Moeller

    LOVE this post. It’s so true once you change how you are viewing things it can all change! Let do this 2018! Whoo Hoo!

    xoxo Christie

    • YES change your mindset and everything else flips for you! Sending love to you Christie and I am so grateful we became friends!

  • Denise Nash

    Very helpful for a woman who had a bad childhood!! I appreciate the points that you made and pinned this so I would have a reminder!!

  • Yes to all of this. And yes to meditation – on the reg. Staying grounded is the hardest part for me… I’m infinity/air natured and tend to float away easily. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for the tips – I’m ready to take 2018 on with power & passion!


  • Brianna

    Thanks for sharing your experience with moving! I can only imagine how scary that was. I had similar situations when I moved from California to Las Vegas, I had no friends, was going through my teen stress years, and my family and I were homeless the first three months. I know how hard it can be. I’m glad you fought through that time!

    • I’m so sorry to hear that Brianna, something that really helps me keep going during tough times is remembering that things happen FOR ME not to me. I hope you share your story as what you just told me inspired me ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of love to you!

  • Briana Trevino

    Great tips! I am definitely going to believe in myself a little more this year!


  • Jeanette Humphries Radmall

    Finding a support group is so essential to achieving goals! You always remind me of the most important basic fundamentals in life and I am so thankful for that! Way to be a motivator girl! Loved hearing about your Thailand trip…even though some of it sounded awful…Iโ€™m so proud of you for sticking it out.

  • Thank you so much for these much needed tips. I’m definitely going to start believing in myself more in 2018!

  • I loved this! Also, Thailand has been on my bucket list for years, that’s so crazy and amazing that you moved there! These tips were super motivational, so thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shruthi R. Parker

    I think finding support is one of the most important ways to achieve success. With a team behind you, you have people there to encourage you when you doubt yourself! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley Pringle

    This was a great post! I especially love the tip of changing your mindset. It’s easy to fall in to a negative mindset if you’re not entirely in love with your current situation. But intentionally questioning the way you think about a specific situation is such a great first step to moving forward and finding happiness and success!

  • I like the idea of journaling in the morning. I need to start doing that to keep me sane for the holidays.