2020 has already begun.

As always, in January, you are dripping with the enthusiasm for fresh goals.

You are ticking all the necessary boxes.

For example, you’re immersing yourself in the pages of self-help books. You’re losing yourself in podcasts.

You’re even burying yourself in motivation clips. Mountains of it.

Around April you’ll feel as if you are on the right path.

But not for long.

In the second half of the year, the glue will start to wear off. Your enthusiasm will wane.

Little by little, your once vibrant goals will desiccate in the hot sun of nonachievement as the tidal waves of life splash cold water on them.

Sounds familiar?

For most of us, I bet it does.

Fortunately, there is a way to flip that thing on its head.

In order to achieve our goals, you have to BE them.

What does that even mean?

You see, you have to start changing your self-identity.


Because your self-identity is the anchor from which everything else stems.

It’s what shapes your actions, which then translates into the results you want.

For you to succeed in 2020, you’ll need to change the identity of your perception and personality.

Once that’s done, you’ll need to take a step further and design your environment.

You’ll then need to harness those three elements of your life to get to the crest of your goals.

Here’s how to do it.

  1. Your perception.

Motivation will get you charged up.

However, you must be willing to let it seep through and change your self- identity — how you perceive yourself.

No matter how many weight loss apps you download on your phone, it’s highly unlikely -impossible even- to lose weight if you think you’ll always be fat.

If you perceive yourself to suck in relationships, it’s not remotely possible that you’ll attract a relationship that makes you happy.

Irrespective of the many dating books you read.

This then begs the question;

How do you develop a healthy perception of yourself?

The answer is simple.

Perhaps even too simple that it’s often overlooked.

Start by identifying and celebrating your good qualities.

A good place to start would be to ask yourself; What makes me unique?

By identifying and embracing your good aspects, you automatically generate a positive perception of yourself.

If you can’t come up with something- something I am willing to bet is highly unlikely, you can try visualization.

Visualization works wonders. Believe me. 

And yes, I know you’ve heard it one too many times. After all, this is one horse that has been beaten to death.

Visualization is far from an empty hype.

In fact, psychologists report that there’s life-changing power in visualizing. You can start by visualizing the image of accomplished goals.

So you want to own a business in the year 2020? Begin by visualizing keys to your business premises.

Maybe you‘ve not been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug.

Perhaps your greatest desire for the new year is a happy marriage.

Start by visualizing a walk on the park with your partner’s hands firmly clasped in yours.

Over time, the way you perceive yourself becomes one with your reality.

Does it happen overnight? Of course not.

But it does happen.

Don’t believe me?

Just take a long hard look at your life. You’ll see it for what it is; the manifestation of the picture from your past.

Ok, point number 2.

 2. Your personality.

For you to succeed in 2020, You’ll have to change your personality.

You do this by becoming the person you want to be in 2020.

If you want to be a writer, you’ll need to start writing.

If you want to be an entrepreneur, you’ll have to draft a business plan.

This is the only way your 2020 goals will come to pass: Action.

Take action. An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention.

Steve Maraboli.


You see, most people hang in the cloud of their goals.

For years on end, they stay suspended, waiting for the stars to align. Waiting for the right moment before they can strike.

Except, it doesn’t.

All it does is pull you further away from your achieving your goals.

Don’t be one of those people. Throw in some action and follow through.

Make it rain!

In 2020, start by writing down your goals. Give yourself a time frame. This will help you track your progress.

But most importantly, whatever happens, keep showing up. Persistent is everything. Nothing beats that.

Sometime, you’ll only have the motivation to show up for five minutes.

And that’s ok. 


Because five minutes is far better than nothing. The difference between doing something for five minutes and not doing it at all cannot be underestimated.

Showing up for five minutes, not only creates a sense of accomplishment but also fuels your resolve.

3. Your environment.

Ok, let’s be honest, it’s possible to change your perception, back it up with action and still end up where you started.

I know I’ve just burst your bubble, but hear me out.

You see, in order for your goals to succeed in 2020, you’ll need a bigger boat than just working on yourself.

You’ll need to change your environment.


Because your environment shapes who you are, how you behave and even down to what you achieve.

We tend to pick up habits, routines, and beliefs from external influences. Your environment is a perfect example.

And whilst you may see yourself strong and capable of pushing through, it is unwise to leave yourself vulnerable and exposed.

This is why in 2020, you’ll need to design an environment that supports you if you have to succeed.

You’ll need to start hanging out with like-minded people. Perhaps you’ll join the yoga club down the road in your neighborhood.

You’ll need to draft a shopping list before you go to the shopping mall. This way, you’ll be in better control of your finances.

Oh, and while you are at it, you’ll keep off fast foods.

It’s amazing how skipping your daily drive-through to your favorite fast-food chain will keep your weight in check.

It’s possible to make 2020 your best year by achieving your goals.

For this to happen, you have to use the inside-out approach.

You have to do the internal adjustments first; change your self-identity.

This change will then bleed into your actions and behaviors and ultimately bring you closer to your goals.