Five Strategies to Create a Successful 2016 Vision
Christmas is over and 2016 is peeking around the corner; how do you feel about the New Year? We have trained ourselves to believe that the New Year is a time for new beginnings and perhaps it is, but I say why wait for the New Year, why not start any day of the year?
If 2015 didn’t turn out to be a stellar year for you, there is no reason why you cannot turn tomorrow, next month, or next year into a success story. Lyndon B. Johnson says, “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” How do we win? Well let’s begin with ATTITUDE.
That’s right your attitude has much to do with your success. “Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor and your picture begins to lighten up.” ~Allen Klein.
I know it’s hard sometimes to be optimistic when you are facing life’s hardships; we all have “stuff” to deal with, struggles to overcome, barriers to bust through and people good and bad to deal with but facing adversity with positivity instead of negativity not only brightens your world but it brightens the world of others as well.
Another strategy that I find not only helpful but also essential is having a plan. Sure flying by the seat of your pants is sometimes unavoidable, but creating a successful vision takes planning. Sit, think, ask yourself questions, bounce ideas off of those you trust, read, evaluate, strategize and then WRITE IT DOWN! Creating your dream life of authentic happiness is serious business; give it the time it deserves.
Use the smart goal approach as you create your plan. Be specific about what you want, how you will measure your success, is this plan achievable, is this plan realistic, and how much time will you give yourself to complete your goals? “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” ~Tony Robbins
You have followed the steps and created your plan, the New Year has arrived, you begin, and you struggle, now what? Whom do you have lined up to hold you accountable to succeed? Yes, you need someone or something that is going to hold you accountable otherwise when you run into those brick walls you won’t have the energy to bust through or better yet climb over. (Remember work smarter not harder.) “Accountability breeds response-ability.” ~ Stephen Covey
Perhaps you have a partner, friend, or parent that will assist you with your goals, use them if you can envision a working relationship. However, if you find that your dreams are being criticized, or you are being steered down the path of their desires vs. your desires then a person close to you may not be the best accountability partner.
A Life Coach is an option as well. Life’s goals, dreams and aspirations, changes in occupations, finding meaning, balance and happiness is exactly what a Life Coach is trained to assist their clients with finding. Don’t let another day pass you by with more of the same. Break out from the rut of a humdrum life and start fighting for what you want. You are worth it!
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~Oprah Winfrey