New Year’s Resolutions: The Voyage to a Better You!
As incredulous as it is, reality is pointing to the end of the controversial year of 2012 and some of us are either dreading it or embracing the possibility of ringing in the year 2013 with a reassured sense of pride. No matter what side of superstition you’re on, you will always need a plan going forward so that the perfect opportunity does not take you by surprise.
The irony with New Year’s resolutions is that they are created with such enthusiasm and re-visited at the end of the year (let’s be honest) with a sense of regret and in some rare occurrences (again honesty guys) accomplishment. I’ll be the first to tell you that planning is my thing and it’s rare to see me without a journal, diary and several folders with planning sheets to keep my hectic schedule in check. However when it comes to planning for 12 months, a different strategy and mindset have to be in place.
I want to show you how to plan out your year without restricting yourself and limiting your opportunities while staying on track for your dreams and success story.
Let’s call it Jo’s Guide to New Beginnings (original right? I know :)
- With every successful endeavor, there has to be a positive mindset and a strong belief in self. Without it we are just going through life with a compass without a needle. So look at this way, the optimist says the glass is half full while the pessimist fixates on it being half empty. If you are success driven you will look at the fact that there is a glass to begin with and from that spawns the opportunity for endless possibilities.
- Put pen to paper. You don’t have to be as meticulous as I am with my chronic planning but it’s definitely important to get your dreams and visions of success out of your head and on to somewhere you can constantly refer to. This can range from a vision board (there’s an upcoming post for that) to a memo pad you keep on your phone. Whatever fits your lifestyle and will ensure constant reference is definitely a step in the right direction.
- Work out a strategy that will bring you closer to success. Remember that compass without a needle I referred to earlier? Well it’s time to start plotting a course of action. Basic tips for this are to keep an open mind and get out there and represent yourself well. Nothing fruitful was accomplished while waiting for greatness to happen.
- Ask yourself the difficult but fruitful questions. Now a lot of us know what we want in life but are often lost as to what it is we need. We all want the fabulous amenities but how many of us just want happiness and good health? You have to be very specific about what it is you want to introduce to your successful story in order for it to reach an interesting climax.
- Be confident and self assuring. Now some persons might be wondering, but Jo I am confident and self assuring but nothing is happening for me. Unfortunately the latter statement negates the former one since confidence is an unwavering belief in your outcome and an appreciation for the concept of delayed gratification. So be sure to follow the 3P Principles of Patience, Productivity and Passion.
I hope these tips have brought you closer to understanding how to start your path to a new beginning and I hope it brings with it an abundance of success and good health. Remember to live, love and laugh.