5 Ways to Make 2021 Better Than 2020

Odille Remmert
3 min readDec 30, 2020

Whatever happened to you, or around you, during 2020, here are five things you can do to make sure that 2021 is better.

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  1. Create a morning routine of watching, listening to, or reading something that makes you laugh out loud. Starting every day with a literal LOL will get the “feel-good” chemicals going in your brain — which will help to keep your prefrontal cortex (the cognitive-thinking part of your brain) online. And that will help you to think clearly, notice more opportunities, improve your judgment and risk-assessment, be more creative and productive, improve your communication skills and problem-solving skills… and so much more!
  2. Put reminders in your phone for 3 times a day, to stop what you’re doing and take just 60 to 90 seconds to feel love for something or someone. For example: Spend just 60 to 90 seconds imagining hugging your pet or a person you love, or skiing, or swimming or… whatever makes you feel warm and fuzzy or excited and exhilarated. Do this three times, every day, regardless of what’s going on in your life. Again, it will help to bring/keep your prefrontal cortex online.
  3. Decide what you want to achieve, and then keep your focus on that, as you would keep your focus on your end destination when travelling somewhere. When negative distractions come up, choose to see them as just part of the scenery on your way to your destination — not as a destination themselves.
  4. Develop the skill of controlling your emotional state by controlling the chemical state of your brain and body — by consciously choosing your focus in any given moment.
  5. Change the memories of your childhood to support whatever it is you want in your life now. For example: If you want to be more successful, create new memories of being successful as a child, and growing up in a successful family.

Your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between imagination and reality, cannot use logic or reason, and cannot judge something as unrealistic — it will believe whatever you give it. It will then prompt your brain and body to produce the chemicals that will create the emotions, feelings, sensations, and impulses that will affect your conscious mind — impacting your beliefs about yourself and the world around you, as well as your perception; actions…

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Odille Remmert

Author of: "Change What Happened to You: How to Use Neuroscience to Get the Life You Want by Changing Your Negative Childhood Memories"