As we come to the end of 2014 we arrive at the intersection of a new beginning, a clean slate and opportunity to be even better in the new year.
While the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions tend to fade away by the time February rolls around, here’s six I hope stay with you for greater success and improved well-being in 2015 and beyond.
In 2015, I resolve to:
1) Focus On What I Can Control
More often than not, we experience grief, anxiety and/or frustration from situations that are beyond our control. Obviously, this is counterproductive. In 2015, minimize external issues and focus on your attitude (see # 5), your behaviors (what you do) and your execution (how you do it) to best control your destiny.
2) Be Grateful
As I wrote about at Thanksgiving, gratitude is the best attitude for success. Grateful individuals focus on the positive aspects of life/work and do not take them for granted. They express heartfelt thanks and appreciation to others and their genuine gratitude positively attracts others to them.
3) Be a Student of My Profession
High-achievers, in any occupation, are true students of their profession. For sales/customer service professionals, realize that you are in the people business first and your product/services second. That means learning everything you can about improving your ‘people skills’ to better communicate and connect with people, build rapport, trust and relationships. Top performers continuously invest in themselves through training, reading and professional development to further their skill set.
4) Exercise Regularly
This is perhaps the most neglected New Year’s resolution of all time. Although the vast majority of folks do not stick with their resolution to exercise regularly the benefits of doing so are indisputable. Regular exercise improves heart-lung and muscle fitness, helps prevent heart disease and diabetes, relieves stress, improves sleep, controls weight and generally improves your chances of living longer and healthier.
5) Be Happy
As I have often said, positive attracts positive in everything you do. You will certainly gain far more in 2015 being happy than you would being miserable. I once read that the ‘grand essentials’ of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. For greater success in 2015, make sure you’re aligned for this and be happy.
6) Make Each Day Count
The Champ Himself, Muhammad Ali, once said “Don’t count the days, make the days count”. This principle is directly applicable to having a successful year… don’t count the days on the calendar, make each day on the calendar count. When you focus on making each day a success your year will take care of itself!
All The Best To You For Success In 2015!