These days it’s almost required that we set goals for a new year. Will you resolve to make more profit? Remove negative people from your life and your company? Install a new operating system? Here are some things to think about as you finalize those New Year’s Resolutions.
1. If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth starting now rather than waiting for a particular time. Delay starting, and you may delay so long it will never happen. There’s never a better time than now!
2. Too many of us allow negative things to drag us down. What are the negative things in your life or work that are dragging you down rather than lifting you up? A friend was lonely the other day, but instead of reaching out to true friends and family he went out with long-ago friends who had not grown and matured as he had. They all ended up in jail after trying to recreate lost “good times” that weren’t so good after all. What can you do to remove negative influences? If you need to move on from negative relationships or situations take steps now. Gather your strength and say no to invitations and situations that are negative for you.
3. Are there relationships in your life or work that create stress and conflict? What can you do to remove the stress and resolve the conflict? Sincere communication is key to every relationship. Don’t allow fear of more conflict, fear of failure, fear of inability to express yourself, to interfere with your relationships. My greatest regret from a 43-year career is the one relationship I allowed to continue in conflict. It was my move to make, but I delayed until the opportunity was lost. Take steps now to deal with those conflicts, improve your relationships and reduce your stress.
4. Continue to move forward! Just as the earth continues to turn, you must continue to grow and learn, or changes that could be very positive for you will pass you by. The brain’s cells continue to renew themselves until disease or injury causes that growth to stop. When that happens, rather than renewal, death occurs. The same is true of your career, your company, your relationships, every aspect of your life. Make sure you’re moving forward toward renewal and regrowth.
5. When you’re networking and building a career, focus on what you can do for others. Good things come to those who help others, but only if you help others because it’s the right thing to do, not because of what you might get in return. When you help others succeed, you will be successful. But focus on others — truly focus on them — just for the sake of it, expecting nothing in return.
6. Give friends and loved ones the gift of your time and attention. The same is true of employees — what they really want from you is your time and attention in a focused, one-on-one way. They want to feel that you value them as individuals and not just faceless numbers on a payroll register. If you emphasize teamwork in your company, make sure that is not to the exclusion of your knowledge of them as individuals.
Finally, live your life in the positive, rather than the negative. Expect good things to happen. When bad things do happen, learn and move on, getting back into the positive as quickly as possible. Negative energy is a drain on your morale, productivity and growth. Positive energy will help you continue to grow, and really to live a full and happy life.
Have you made New Year’s Resolutions? How about sharing them with me? I’d love to hear what you’re doing to continue growing and living in the positive!
And while you’re at it, I’d love to hear your feedback about this blog. Are there topics you’d like me to address? Let me know and I’ll do my best to meet your needs. Have a great New Year!