83 Ways to Make 2011 Your Best Year Yet

By Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS

  1. Be the most positive person you know.
  2. Get 1% better everyday.
  3. Define your "game-changing" move in 2011.  Then get it done!
  4. Take more risks.
  5. Do something that scares you everyday.
  6. Regardless of your title at work, be a team-builder.
  7. Remember that business is about relationships & connections.
  8. People need motivation, accountability, and know how.  Deliver it to them.
  9. Write your eulogy and then live your life backwards.
  10. Know your Big 5:  the 5 most important things that need to happen by the end of the year to make it feel like it truly has been the best year of your life.
  11. Read your Big 5 every morning.
  12. Post affirmations on your bathroom mirror.
  13. Don’t focus on making money; Focus on creating value.
  14. Leaders execute & get results.  No excuses.
  15. Strive to be ‘World Class’ in all you do.
  16. Read The 4 Agreements by Dom Miguel Ruiz.
  17. Train like a pro athlete; Exercise more.
  18. Eat higher quality foods.
  19. Get a massage one time per week.
  20. Attend 1 destination spa vacation per year.
  21. Have at least one other "dream" vacation per year.
  22. No one has ever regretted a great workout.
  23. Be obsessed with learning.
  24. Be part of a Mastermind Group.  It will accelerate your results, positively affect your mindset, and provide you fertile soil in which to grow.
  25. Be impeccable with your words; Don’t complain, gossip, or be negative.
  26. Be careful with who you surround yourself with.  Just as much as the right people can push you up, the wrong crowd can bring you down.
  27. Plan as if you will live forever but live as if you’ll die tomorrow.
  28. Say ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and ‘I love you’ more.
  29. Give someone a massage.
  30. Write love-letters like you used to.
  31. Call up someone you always wanted to talk to but never thought you could.
  32. Call up an old coach or teacher and thank them for positively impacting your life.
  33. If you want to resolve a conflict, call them instead of emailing them.
  34. Write a hand-written note to a client or customer.
  35. When you travel, send letters to your kids on hotel stationary.
  36. If you want more, GIVE more.
  37. Do or do not, there is no try.
  38. The way you do one thing, is the way you do everything.
  39. Journal.  What are you thankful for?  What are your intentions for the day?  Whom do you pray for today?  Where was I outstanding today?
  40. Clarity precedes genius.  You can find clarity in writing and in times of solitude.
  41. Track your success.
  42. Slow down in order to speed up.
  43. Be willing to fail. It’s the price of greatness.
  44. Spend at least 10 minutes every AM in quiet time, prayer time, or meditation time.
  45. Listen to inspirational music.  Create your favorite play list for chilling out as well as working out.
  46. Listen to books on tape and podcasts.
  47. Read The IMPACT Body Plan!
  48. Read the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.
  49. Read Robin Sharma.  The Leader Without a Title; The Greatness Guide; The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.
  50. Watch the Rocky "marathon" with your kids on a rainy day.
  51. Do what you do best and hire the rest.
  52. Sometimes good is good enough.  Don’t let "perfectionism" rob you of getting things done.
  53. "Color code your life" says my mentor, Wayne Cotton.  Green machine, blue sky, red tape, and mellow yellow.  Visit www.nobrowndays.com for more information.
  54. Complete a 90 Day Wonder.  What have I accomplished in the last 90 days?  What are my current challenges?  What will I accomplish in the next 90 days? 
  55. Remember the 10,000 hour rule. It often takes about 10,000 hours or 10 years to be recognized as an "expert."
  56. Success takes time.  Be patient, but continually invest in yourself.
  57. Work on your business, not in your business.
  58. Your big ideas typically come when you are sitting on a beach or skiing in the mountains.
  59. Hire only "A" rate players; otherwise you will have an organization made up of average people creating a mediocre business.
  60. Cut the bottom 10% of your players.
  61. Everyone in an organization should be considered a "leader."
  62. Always believe in your dreams, even when they don’t seem possible or other people doubt you.
  63. Focus, focus, focus!
  64. "Water people everyday"—lift people up instead of tearing people down.
  65. One quick "No" is better than 10 "maybe’s" or "I don’t know’s."
  66. Win the day!
  67. Remember what Walt Disney said, "Everything speaks!"
  68. Be more spontaneous.
  69. Develop a hobby.
  70. The bigger the dream, the more important the team.
  71. Run your own race; Be authentic and original.
  72. Speak more, write more, read more.
  73. Turn OFF your TV!
  74. Eliminate excuses.
  75. Track your success. 
  76. Organize your time more effectively.
  77. "Eat that Frog" says Brian Tracy.  Do the things that you don’t like to do or want to do but have to do early in your day.
  78. Get your mind right!
  79. Do more of what you love to do.
  80. Action is like gas in the car. Without it, you will not go.
  81. Be humble…be hungry.
  82. Create IMPACT everyday.
  83. Live by the mantra, "And then some."


Todd Durkin is an internationally recognized trainer and massage therapist.  He leads a staff of 35 passionate and dedicated teammates at the highly-acclaimed Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA.  He motivates, educates, and inspires many more through conferences, workshops, and his Mastermind.  He is the author of The IMPACT! Body Plan and Going for Greatness.

For questions or comments, Todd can be reached at durkin@fitnessquest10.com.