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Here's to a successful 2012

How was your first week back at work after the Christmas and New Year holidays?  If you went back to work on Tuesday with a touch of the post-holiday blues maybe this year your resolution should be to go back to work in January 2013 feeling invigorated, excited and buzzing at the thought of what next year will bring.

It may seem strange to be thinking about next January when we are only a few days into 2012. “Don’t be wishing your life away” was a phrase my grandmother used to use.  So instead of wishful thinking how about setting yourself some goals, targets, resolutions – call them what you like, but at the end of 2012 aim to be feeling positive, full of pride at what you have achieved and heading into the new year with a spring in your step, not trudging back to more of the same.

  1. What does success mean to you? Think about what you would like to be reflecting on at the end of the year, it may be money in the bank (or debts paid off), recognition at work, starting a new venture successfully, learning something new. Try not to think about what you want to do, but think about who you want to be. 
  2. Consider your potential.  What could you do if nothing were holding you back?  If lack of capital is what is stalling you think big – what could you do if you had all the money in the world?  Then set about coming up with some creative solutions to achieving the same results, but in a different way. (If you think you don’t think creatively try reading Think by Tina Catling and Mark Davies)   

  3. Get some inspiration – find people who have done something similar, see what you can do differently, or better, or better suited to your personal goal.
  4. Now think about what you need to do to make that success a reality.  Write it down, share it with others.
  5. Now make those thoughts actions – every day do something that will bring you closer to your goal.  Learn to manage your time so that you are not diverted from doing the things that really matter to you.
  6. Make this year the year that you make your own luck. Sounds easy?  You may have to challenge yourself, but try things you have never felt comfortable with up to now – maybe networking, learning a new skill, talking yourself up (something many people find very difficult)
  7. Be prepared to have some hiccups along the way, instead of looking at them as set- backs see them as a chance to re-appraise what you want, and how you are going about achieving it.  If it was easy everyone would do it – so make yourself the someone that does.
  8. Be kind to yourself.  Yes, success takes determination and hard work, so reward yourself now and then.  Take time to reflect on what you have achieved – whether it be today, this week or since the beginning of the year. 
  9. Believe in yourself.

Here’s to a successful 2012, and no holiday blues next January!

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