Celebrate 2018: How To Maximize The New Year

The Road Ahead: What Will You Do Differently This Year To Celebrate and Succeed?

Changing the way things are done can bring opportunities for great celebratory success yet physical and emotional reactions to change can be scary and irrational, resulting in “failures”, a decrease in quality and a loss of production.

CHANGE CAN BE SCAREY

It’s tempting to give in to those anxieties by doing what’s always been done, however, priming the pump to have a better year always involves some form of adjustment to free up the time, money and energy to tackle new opportunities.

How do you decide what changes are the most important ones to make?

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What personal and business tolerations interfered with personal and work progress? Tolerations are a good indication of issues in need of resolution.
  2. Were last year’s goals reached? Why or why not? How will those obstacles be addressed? Setting new goals without having evaluated the previous year’s goals can result in a cycle of substandard results.
  3. What fiscally responsible goal (making more money, collaborating, creating new products/services, improved marketing strategy, etc.) will also be fun? 
All work and no play make Jack a dull (and bored) boy, as the saying goes.

 

What do you need to change to celebrate a better year?

Choose passion over profit. Connect to your bigger purpose in life, work and business and the rewards will flow effortlessly. Passionate people attract success.

Higher learning. Technology changes fast. Staying on top of what’s working now is only half the battle. Discovering what’s up and coming and leveraging that knowledge is the key to an exceptional year.

Celebrate success. Acknowledging and rewarding success keeps everyone motivated. Mark those mini-milestones with celebration and recognition!

Add, don’t subtract. When repeat clients stop buying your products or services, something needs to change. Instead of cutting prices, add value instead–bundle existing services/products, add bonuses or create new offerings.

What are your blind spots?

Every driver has blind spots. That’s what rear-view mirrors are for. Blind spots in the work and business environment can be harder to identify. How does a person avert disaster in a work environment without the benefit of mirrors?

Ask around. Getting honest feedback from clients, customers and service providers can be as uncomfortable as it is invaluable. Do it anyway.

Seek professional help. Getting an objective outsiders opinion can help you see what is going well or not.

Coffee time. Chat up a colleague and encourage them to share their observations about what you are doing well and what needs improvement. Sometimes what needs to change is missed because it is so “obvious.”

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Moving into the New Year doesn’t have to be a scary proposition. Having a clear sense of what’s ahead can circumvent failure and create a successful year.

Tip #15: Three Questions That Make a Big Difference

Each day we make choices that influence our pace and quality of life, and often we are completely unaware of the choices we are making and how they affect our life balance. So often we are operating from habit, instinct or need. While it’s a good thing that we don’t have to think about every little choice we make, when it comes to creating a balance between our work-related activities and the rest-of-our-life activities, it is critical to be conscious and deliberate about our decisions. Otherwise, we find ourselves feeling the negative effect of our unconscious choices by feeling overwhelmed, out of control, stressed, or even sick.

As you start your new year, become more aware of the many decisions you have to make in a day and ask yourself these three questions: 1. Is this moving me toward or away from a balanced life?, 2. Do I have a choice?, and 3. If I don’t have a choice, what can be a positive perspective around this decision? Approaching the new year by consciously asking yourself these three questions can make a big difference in your personal and professional fulfillment.

Tip #14: Is it a Dream or is it Real?

Having a balanced life feels like an elusive dream for many of us and every year it is high on the list of things to change. There is no doubt that our lives are filled with demands pulling at us from many different directions, sometimes with no end in sight. But as you enter into the new year, you can choose to make small changes that can ultimately make a big difference in getting your life back into balance.

Here are some simple choices you can make in your day to achieve more balance and fulfillment:

    • Choose your leisure activities wisely. You only have a limited number of hours in the day for fun, so spend them on things you really enjoy.
    • When someone asks you to do something, don’t just say ‘yes’, only to regret it later. First consider how that thing will impact your work-life balance.
    • Plan at least one task every day that you know you will complete, and that you know you will feel good about. Then do it.
    • Identify the most stressful things in your life, and make simple changes so they feel less stressful.

You have the power to make these small, simple choices throughout the day for big impact. Set the intention this year and consciously move toward creating the ideal balanced life that you desire.

Tip # 9: Is it a Dream or is it Real?

Having a balanced life feels like an elusive dream for many of us and every year it is high on the list of things to change. There is no doubt that our lives are filled with demands pulling at us from many different directions, sometimes with no end in sight. But small choices can make a big difference in getting your life back into balance.

Here are some simple choices you can make in your day to achieve more balance and fulfillment:

    • Choose your leisure activities wisely. You only have a limited number of hours in the day for fun, so spend them on things you really enjoy.
    • When someone asks you to do something, don’t just say ‘yes’, only to regret it later. First consider how that thing will impact your work-life balance.
    • Plan at least one task every day that you know you will complete, and that you know you will feel good about. Then do it.
    • Identify the most stressful things in your life, and make simple changes so they feel less stressful.

You have the power to make these small, simple choices throughout the day for big impact. Set the intention this year and consciously move toward creating the ideal balanced life that you desire.

Tip # 8: Everyone Needs Some ‘Me Time’’

Self care is a critical part of living a well-balanced life. But it can be a real struggle when there are more things to do in a day than there is time to do them, and if you are used to putting everyone and everything before your own needs. But in order for you to deal best with life’s demands and be energetic and available to those you love, it is important that you make time for yourself.

Until you get into the habit of taking time for yourself, schedule time in your calendar to do things that you enjoy and make all necessary arrangements ahead of time. If you need to arrange for babysitters, budgeting, confirm with friends, or get help from your spouse, do not allow any obstacles to prevent you from taking time for yourself. Whether it is 15 minutes to take a warm bath, a walk around the block, or a night out with your friends, it is imperative to take care of you before stress and fatigue make you ill. Because the more refreshed and balanced you are, the more you will be able to care for the people and things that matter most in your life.

Taking ‘me time’ will make a huge difference in your satisfaction and fulfillment and life.

Tip #5: Work Life Balance in 4 Easy Steps

Can it be that easy? Can someone really achieve a balanced life in 4 simple steps? Life balance is all about choices – choices that move you toward what makes you feel content and fulfilled. But in order to make those choices you have to take these 4 steps.

The first step to achieving balance is ‘awareness’. This where you tune into where you are out of balance in your life, and notice where you can start making changes to get back into balance.

The second step is ‘desire’ – this is where you tune into what you want to do more of and less of – in other words, how you want your life to look.

The third step is identifying the ‘influences’ that lead you both towards and away from a balanced life. Identify the positive influences that can lead you to wards what you want. And identify the negative influences that impede your ability to create balance.

And the final step is ‘action’. This is where you take steps 1, 2 & 3, create a plan and put it into action.

Applying these 4 simple steps will help to move you in a direction that makes you feel happier, more in control, and more fulfilled in your life.