Happy New Year – it promises to be a fantastic year.

2021 presented more than the usual number of challenges, but looking back on the year I am happy, grateful and developed the “useful belief” that 2021 was one of the best years of my life.

Finding a “useful belief” is a concept I learned from Chris Helder – if things are difficult instead of complaining, look for a ‘useful conviction’.

My health was good, my family was happy and healthy, and we are blessed with 11 grandchildren (1 new addition this year.)

Despite the pandemic, my company Metropole has been great and I have a great team and great partners, the Michael Yardney Podcast grew from strength to strength and is rapidly approaching 3 million downloads and my daily Property Update newsletter has exceeded 2.6 million unique readers this year – that’s a huge percentage of Australia’s adult population.

And Pam and I are at the start of a 3 week vacation.

So instead of looking at all those days of lockdown…

It’s days like this that I like to think about…

I look back on where I come from.

Then I appreciate where I am.

And finally I think about where I want to be.

It’s an interesting exercise that I perform that keeps me grateful, grateful and just as importantly motivated.

Maybe this is an exercise you should do too!

Let me explain…

1. Look back at where you came from…

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What difficulties have you overcome and how did you manage this?

I’ve had more than my fair share of hardships, but looking back, many of them were self-inflicted.

If you think about it, you will find that you have gone through many of the stumbling blocks that life has brought your way.

And even if you go through it now, you know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, because your past proves that you are capable of overcoming it.

That’s why you should be grateful.

2. Appreciate where you are…

Think of all the things in your life that you should be grateful for.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably among the 0.3% of the world’s population living in Australia and compared to most of the world, you’ll find that life is pretty good.

And even if you think it could be better, there are so many people in worse situations.

That’s why you should be grateful.

3. Think about where you want to be in the future… 44016679_l

And what do you have to do to make sure you get there.

Now you know you still have work to do, and this should keep you motivated.

If you can find time today (or in the coming days), ask yourself these 3 questions to prepare for another year of progress.

I hope you also have time for a great vacation and on to a great 2022.

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