The brand new year of 2013 is upon us. How successful you or I will be in it is largely up to us. Much of that is further determined by how open we are to moving in new directions. Moving in new directions means a lot of different things depending on our life circumstances. Here are just a few suggestions to consider to set yourself up for success:
Be Positive Regardless of Your Challenges—Yes, I know you don’t have to look far to find difficulties, roadblocks, and bad news. Nevertheless, carrying a negative attitude into those challenges never did any good, did it? On the other hand, by attacking every challenge with a positive attitude, you consciously and subconsciously unleash more resources. Those additional resources often make a significant difference in the outcome.
If You Are a Business Owner—You might come to realize 2013 demands some new strategies and policies. Will you implement them, and if so, how will you implement them? Thinking those steps through ahead of time can make all the difference in the world. Change is not always easy, but by planning for it and embracing it with a positive attitude you can make it more enjoyable and exciting.
If You Are an Employee—Think about how you can bring more value to your organization. Might you have some new approaches that will benefit your colleagues and customers? Do you have ideas or insights whose time has come? Look for new ways to enhance collaboration and success for your team.
If You Are Unemployed—How might this be an opportunity to reinvent yourself? Could this be the time you search in some totally different directions for that dream job? Although searching for a new job is a fulltime job, remember to give yourself some downtime. Perhaps now is the perfect time to dive into some of those pie-in-the-sky projects you just never had time for in the past. How might you reorganize your life for better balance going forward?
Never Discount Your Experience—You are usually your worst critic. Take a fresh look at all your experience with an eye to capitalizing upon the hidden gold. Surely there are some lessons you have learned from which you can benefit. By taking stock of those lessons now, you can build toward more solid successes for 2013. You can bring a vibrant freshness to your future.
Face Your Failures—Sometimes it is easier to hide from them. Nevertheless, denial does not equal deletion. Worse yet, it does you a disservice. Only by fully facing the things you messed up can you learn from them. You should be smarter entering 2013 than you were entering 2012.
Be Humble—I never met a person who thought he or she knew it all that learned something new. I enjoy learning new things . . . every single day. But I can’t do that if I already know it all.
Remember Your Resources—You have people around you who genuinely care about you. You have a philosophy of life, religious and spiritual convictions that sustain you. You have hidden opportunities just waiting to be discovered. You have time-tested strengths and abilities. Reach out to all those terrific resources because they are there to help you.
This year could become the most successful year of your life. Do everything possible to make that happen.
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