Welcome your new year with resolution, reinvention, and renewal. Maybe you've wanted to make a life-altering decision, but didn't know where to begin. Or you've tried to take control of your life and just never achieved success. Well, whether your new year represents a fresh start or a do-over, here are four steps to help you believe and achieve in 2012.
- Trust yourself. The world is filled with people who will doubt that you can succeed, that you can get better, and that you can be happy. And even your loved ones, with the best of intentions, may imagine a life for you smaller than the one you can imagine for yourself. Therefore, if you want prosperity (however you define it), you have to trust that you are worthy of success, that you deserve an exceptional life, and that you can change for the better. Nothing is more important than self-determination. Breakthroughs begin by believing in your own greatness.
- Set your goals. Life can be a great adventure. Having SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time bound) goals will not only minimize your everyday stresses, but maximize your quality of life. Take a fresh approach to goal setting by considering areas of potential growth -- health and wellness, education, career development, social/family life, or personal finance. Then, compose three to five specific and measurable goals that you can realistically achieve by this time next year.
- Build your team. The path from ordinary to extraordinary is not traveled alone. As business philosopher Jim Rohn suggests, each of us is an average of the five people with whom we spend most of our time. Accordingly, transformation requires that you enlist five honest, reliable, and inspirational critics that will commit to your goal attainment, encourage you to take risks, and celebrate the incremental wins along the way. These individuals should not only have accomplished at least one of your goals, but also be good to you and good for you. At minimum, you should meet individually with every member of your team once a week to discuss strategies for success. Ideally, you should meet with your team collectively once a month to review your goals. Lastly, have the courage and discipline to disassociate yourself from anyone -- including loved ones -- that will inhibit your ability to accomplish your goals. As best-selling author George Fraser often advises: "Don't spend major time with minor people."
- Schedule your priorities. Time is money. So, if you're like most people who feel like they're running out of time, you should manage your calendar the same way you would manage any wise investment -- by seeking the largest returns. Start by scheduling your goals, work, sleep, meals, exercise, chores, and introspection. Then, incorporate time to thank, recognize, and reward those who have helped you throughout the week. Be sure to commit to this part of your schedule for thirty days, so that it becomes a habit. The rest of your weekly schedule should be optimized with events, activities, and appointments that add value to your happiness, your relationships, and your overall health.
Committing to these adjustments will change your mind, change your behavior, and change your life. And while it will not be easy, the positive results will stand the test of time. Move forward with confidence, have your best year ever, and keep me posted on your success along the way.
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