The environment that we live in is radically and constantly changing. To keep up with all the changes and be successful means to create new ways of doing business both personally and professionally. Here are some suggestions that will help you get a fresh start this year:

Cultivate a positive outlook.
You may be getting in your own way by how you view each situation. Do you set yourself up for disappointment or do you view each situation with energy and excitement? By practicing a positive attitude, you'll vibrate what you'd like to create in your future and pave the way for it to really happen.

Take time for play.
Creative thinking happens when you take timeout from your routine and do something that’s enjoyable. At play, your mind is more relaxed and open to new ideas. Don't be so eager to rid yourself of or dismiss your out-of this-world-thoughts that initally appear too radical. Instead, they can prove to be visionary and extraordinary, so be patient and see where they can fit. Inside those novel ideas may be the awakening of your creative genius, encourage it out to play.

Consider your mistakes as disguised opportunities or practice moments rather than defeat. They can help you find what you need whether it pertains to getting fit or handling a difficult relationship. Don’t quickly discard or dismiss what went wrong. Figure out what you can learn from them and how you can apply them in your life and business. Understand how mistakes can help you in the future and embrace what they have to offer you.

To stimulate your mind to think differently, you need to do something new. When was the last time you took a different route home from work or how recently was it when you learned something new whether it was following a new recipe or learning Latin dancing? Inside of each of us is the potential for creative thought and yes, even genius. Your mind loves novelty and responds gratefully by creating new pathways for learning and thinking. Pay homage to it with new enterprise; it will thank you.

The good news for those of you who include exercise as part of your weekly routine is that exercise is not only good for the cardiovascular system, it also helps with memory and mental flexibility. So when your working out in the gym or at home, your mind is also getting a workout.

If you can't make enough time for play, novelty and enough exercise, think brain food. Yes, there are foods known to increase mental functioning. If all else fails eat strawberries and spinach which are known to help fight the effects of aging on the brain.

Remember that the next time that you gear up for a walk, by all means have some spinach leaves ready to chew on or a handful of strawberries or both and set out for a new direction. Both your mind and body will thank you.

Author's Bio: 

Known to international audiences as the "Success Doc", Dr. Jo Anne White is an author, international speaker, business and life coach with a private counseling practice in New Jersey. She's helped thousands of men women and couples overcome challenges and create success balance and joy in thier lives and businesses. Doc White has appeared as a frequent guest on radio and television networks such as NBC and CN8. Her "Journey into Relaxation" CD was chosen by Woman's World as "one of the five CD's that can change your life."