Make 2021 Your Best Year Ever

In just a few weeks, we will celebrate a brand-new year. It could be your best year ever – one in which you achieve goals you’ve always wanted to.
Most people make New Year’s Resolutions or goals around four aspects of their lives – their health, their finances, their quality of life, and their work. Here’s a handy look at top TED Talks that can help you achieve the goals shared by most of us in each of these areas of life.

Your health
Our health is truly our greatest asset. It is therefore not surprising that many people set health goals for their new year. These goals are often related to losing weight, or getting more exercise, or adopting healthier habits such as taking the stairs, quitting smoking or getting enough sleep.
Whatever health goal you set for the new year, it will be much easier to achieve if you’ve got the right TED Talk for it. We recommend Matt Walkers’ Six tips for better sleep; A simple way to break a bad habit by Judson Brewer or Emily Balcetis explaining: Why some people find exercise harder than others.

Your finances
Given the big and important role our finances play in our lives, it is not surprising that many New Year’s Resolutions or goals involve spending less, saving more or achieving financial milestones such as buying your own home; saving up university fees; paying off credit card debt or funding a comfortable retirement. Start with this handy TED Talk playlist: How to take charge of your personal finances for insightful perspectives and practical advice to face your financial situation with honesty and compassion.

Your quality of life
Most of us also set goals or New Year’s Resolutions to improve the quality of our lives – doing more of the things that make life great, such as spending time with your family, enjoying the company of friends, having a hobby you really love, volunteering and travelling.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi talks about what makes a life worth living in his TED Talk, Flow the secret to happiness? and in What Bruce Lee can teach us about living fully, Shannon Lee shares insights about how to be yourself in the best way possible.

Your work and career
Our work and careers are a large part of our lives and many goals or New Year’s Resolutions are focussed on improving in this important area.
These goals include for example, becoming more organised or productive; learning a new skill; obtaining a qualification; getting a promotion or a career advancement; or even starting a small business.
Whatever dream you have for your career in 2021, watching Shawn Achor’s The happy secret to better work and Eduardo Briceno’s How to get better at the things you care about will certainly be helpful.
If your work and career goals include learning a skill or getting a qualification, to prepare for a promotion or to advance your career, it is affordable and convenient to study a wide selection of online courses, short courses, skills programmes and National Diploma and Certificate courses across a range of fields, including Business, Management, Marketing, HR, Health and Safety, and Life Coaching at Academy of York, where you can also expect fanatical study support every step of the way.

Whatever goals you set for your health, finances, quality of life, and work and career this new year, make 2021 your best year ever! Here’s the Ted Talk playlist for that… Tips to help you set and reach your goals.

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