Happy New Years! The thing I like most about facing down a new year is looking at all the opportunities that could be had. We could do this any day of the year but it seems more official now yes?
The thing I like most about a brand, spanking new year is looking at all the fresh opportunities. We could do this any old day of the year of course but it does seem a little more official at this time of year, right?
These are 5 resolutions that will enhance your life and business if implemented this year. Let me know what YOUR personal resolutions are in the comments! (If you need advice to grow your business we’ll definitely be able to help)
1.I resolve to be driven by a higher purpose
One of the major predictors of long-term success is tenacity.
There’s an old cartoon that shows two miners digging long tunnels through coal. One of them stops with a speech bubble that says ‘dang’ and shows him trudging away. The second miner goes two inches further into the coalface and strikes a vast cavern of diamonds. The moral being: don’t stop because you never know!
The trait that separates the highest performers from the rest is drive. They are driven not just by survival or ego but by some overriding higher purpose.
What is your higher purpose? How are your daily actions adding not just to your life but to the world and those you love?
2. I resolve to expect the best of people and to hold others to their highest standards
One of the second major predictors of long-term success are the people you surround yourself with and the motivation and ability of those you allow on your ‘team.’
Whether you actually hire people to build your dreams or you simply join groups, society and social circles that bring out the best in you the thing that will influence most how others act towards you and how much of their potential they give to you is: your expectations of them.
When you see people as their best selves and you communicate to them as if they were already living their highest potential you create a space for them to grow into. The ‘stories’ we tell ourselves in our own head influence how we communicate to others on a micro level. We pick up other people expectations and intentions without them ever being overtly expressed.
Resolve to now expect the best from those around you and allow them to hold themselves up to those expectations.
3. I resolve not to indulge in fruitless thinking
As mentioned above, our thinking dominates much of our communication, our actions and our ultimate results. A third major predictor of success is the ability to monitor and alter your habitual thoughts. There’s a reason that personal development ‘guru’s’ talk first and foremost about ‘positive thinking’ (even if most take it to a woo-woo level.) If we ultimately live in the outcome of our thoughts we had better take control of them.
A simple way to do this is to become aware anytime you feel ‘down’ or ‘stuck’ or ‘unresourceful’ and ask yourself: ‘what am I telling myself about this issue? What am I focusing on here?’
Write down your answers and then circle anything that seems particularly limiting and ask questions such as: ‘what evidence do I have that this is true? Would a successful person indulge in this thought? what else could I believe?’
Resolve to no longer indulge in fruitless, limiting thinking.
4. I resolve to demand results and always confront reality
The best business leaders straddle a thin line. They demand both vision for the future and truth about the present. This involves avoiding being either overly optimistic or pessimistic in favour of being realistic and driven.
Develop the habit of being results-focused. Always have an outcome for each area of business. Know where you are heading. Know what a fantastic 2017 would mean for you in terms of health, wealth and happiness- not just abstract ‘dreams’ but actual numbers and quantitive data.
Back up this first habit by then being unafraid (no bad how things can sometimes look) of confronting reality head on. Collect clean data on all your key processes in business and work out what actions led to that result and then either do START doing more of what works or STOP what doesn’t work. Every month you should aim to START & STOP at least 2 things to continually improve and innovate.
5. I resolve to watch the pennies and nurture TRUE WEALTH
There is a big difference between reality and image in business.
Just like most people’s lives seem to be exciting yet stress-free wonderlands on Social Media (thanks to a heavy vetting policy on all posts) a lot of business owners project confidence and prosperity even when that is definitely not the case.
This way you often get the blind leading the blind. Harry does Y tactic because it works for Tom with the big flashy car even thought Tom with the big flashy car is drowning in debt and hurtling towards bankruptcy (but he seems to be living the life so he must know something we don’t!)
The way that the most successful business owners build true wealth is by tracking their income and expenses as well as monitoring cash flow and overall assets. They then boost their profits by cutting unnecessary expenses and building diverse revenue streams and investment income.
Resolve today to become financially smart (let us know if you want to attend our Practical Business Finance Workshop: 033 33 207 207)
So have a happy and prosperous New Year!