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Beyond the Resolution: 5 Keys to a Successful 2013

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2013 is right around the corner!

Although tomorrow is technically just the day after today, the new calendar year offers us an opportunity to reboot our vision and energy for the months to come. Here are five keys to making your 2013 successful:

  1. Write down how you define success. How will you know if you’ve been successful in 2013? Is it measurable? If so, how will you measure it? Quantitatively? Qualitatively?
  2. What’s most important to you?┬áThe answer to this question may help you frame your answer to the previous question. People generally feel most “successful” when they’ve accomplished the things that really matter to them at the end of the day. It’s vital that we invest in the things (or people) closest to our hearts.
  3. What’s the plan?┬áDon’t settle for a “resolution”. Develop a plan. You may not be able to formulate the entire plan today, but you can start. Jot some thoughts down on how you plan to move towards a successful 2013. What are the things you need to do to increase the likelihood of success? Get ready to work on those things!
  4. Schedule it. Write into your calendar when and how you plan to work on your goals. Will you schedule a daily, weekly, or monthly time on your calendar to move your ideas forward? Who will you involve in these times and how will you work with them on your idea? Spend an hour or two today to project what this might look like and share the calendar with others who might need to get involved. The schedule and the taks might be tentative, but there’s something powerful about writing these things down and committing days to them.
  5. Plan the rewards. What will you get when you reach success on your project or idea? While rewards don’t have to be monetary, they are great motivators for staying focused throughout the process of idea-making. I like to scatter small rewards throughout the year to keep me focused on accomplishing things that really matter to me. It’s a fun way of keeping your ideas on the forefront of your mind.

Many things that we deem “successful” may feel overwhelming to take on, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised how often we can experience “success” if we choose to work on it little by little. How do you eat an elephant? Exactly.

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