It’s a new year. Once again social media is inundated with posts proclaiming “This is my year.” And I am certainly one to perpetuate positivity. So how do we ensure we keep this momentum? How do we ensure we don’t allow the cares of the world to distract us? How do we not allow the issues and circumstances plaguing our cities, our neighborhoods, and our families to cause us, to drift from our dreams and goals? How do we ensure 2018 will not be a repeat of yester years, and will be as great as we proclaim?
1. Put God First. God is our source for guidance and direction. We need him to cast our cares upon and to order our steps. Set a time aside for daily prayer and communication with Him. Whether it be morning, noon-day, or evening, make an appointment and keep it.
2. One Day at a Time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will it take a day to accomplish your aspirations. Don’t rush it, take your time and enjoy the journey.
3. Plan your day/week/month. Regardless of how you choose to do it, daily, weekly or monthly, it must be done. Buy a planner or journal and write down your goals and the steps needed to accomplish it. Then break down those steps into daily, weekly and/or monthly tasks. The old cliché is true: He who fails to plan, plans to fail. The more you accomplish, the more you will want to accomplish.
4. Invest in yourself. You are your own personal cheerleader. If you can’t invest in yourself, don’t expect others too. Value your dreams and goals enough to nurture them. Buy a book, take a class, attend a seminar, etc. in what you want to do. Remain teachable. The more you learn, the more you grow.
5. Reflect daily/weekly/monthly. Don’t keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Assess what worked and what didn’t work. Do you need to make adjustments or additions to your plan? Are there any issues or concerns that you need to address? When or if you get stuck, ask for assistance. Self-assessment is critical on the road to success.
6. Reward yourself. Celebrate your accomplishments no matter how small they are. If they were worthy enough to make the to-do list they are worthy enough to be celebrated. Each milestone deserves acknowledgment. This will keep you from getting burned out during the process. Develop multiple systems of rewards for different levels of accomplishment. This way you will feel great and not break the bank.
7. Enjoy life. This goes with rewarding yourself. But also make time for social activities. Spending time with friends, family, etc will keep you balanced and also prevent burn-out. Remember all work and no play makes for a boring lifestyle. Set a budget for business as well as entertainment expenses and use them wisely.
8. Remain humble and stay grateful. Don’t get the big head! The Bible reminds us that pride comes before a fall(Proverbs 16:18). Be appreciative of what you are able to accomplish and those who helped you get there, no matter how insignificant. No man/woman can achieve success alone, somebody has to hold your latter! Keep a heart of gratitude as you travel along the way.
9. Allow yourself room to make mistakes. Don’t be so hard on yourself. God does not expect perfection and neither should you. There is no such thing as failure, only lessons to be learned. Make note of the lesson, apply it and keep it moving. Don’t wallow in regret and shame over what didn’t go right. Dust yourself off and try again. It’s the mistakes that make for a great story anyway.
10. Help others. The bible reminds us that what you make happen for others God will make happened for you (Ephesians 6:8). Plus there is no greater joy in helping someone else who is either less fortunate or needs assistance achieving a goal. The more you learn, the more you are able to teach others. Don’t be stingy with your knowledge, share.