Guarantee Your Success in 2014

In my last article, I gave you a quick assessment to help you think about what it would take for 2014 to be your best year ever in your career and life. I hope that gave you some ideas on what you really want to change or accomplish this year in your career (whether you work for someone else or for yourself).

Today I want to talk about simple strategies for how you can ensure your success in making the changes you want to make.

1.  Start with your thoughts.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” –Henry Ford

I recently heard the story of a young woman which reminded me how true this statement is. This young woman repeatedly verbalized that she had no choice, that she was a victim of other people’s actions, and that she had no power. She held such a high commitment to these beliefs, that she made decision after decision to prove these beliefs were the truth. She chose to move deeper into abusive relationships and took actions that resulted in almost losing her job. My heart breaks for this young woman, in part because I once had similar beliefs that I was deeply committed to living out. I also consider it a great gift to be able to learn from her story. What you believe, about yourself and your ability to create choices in your life, to make choices in your life, and to achieve in your life, MATTERS. Your thoughts and words are the foundation for your life.

What thoughts do you want or need to shift in 2014?

 2.  Name your steps.

I’m not good with dramatic change. I am however great at taking the next tiny step after the next tiny step. And I know that taking one step after another will lead me to results. And, this way, you get to celebrate more successes along the way. And I LOVE that.

Start by getting clear about how you will know that you have succeeded in making changes. What are the concrete, measurable results that you will see and experience once you make the changes you want? Then, what are the steps and results along the way? For example, if you want more balance, perhaps success means sleeping through the night five nights a week and having dinner with family or friends three nights a week. If your goal is a promotion, perhaps the steps include meeting with your boss to enlist his support and taking training on a new tool or system that will help you in your next job.

What are the steps or milestones along the path to your goals?

 3.  Get support and be accountable to someone.

I have a coach that I work with regularly. Sometimes the thing that motivates me the most to follow through with a commitment is the knowledge that I’ll be talking with her soon. I don’t want to waste time or money by not following through. I also am a member of a group of business owners in which we support each other as we grow our businesses. You can also rely on family members or your friends for support.

Who can you turn to for support and accountability?

By following these strategies, you will set yourself up for great success in 2014. If you would like some help developing your strategy for your best year ever, I’d be happy to offer you a complementary Best Year Ever Strategy Session. Just click here to schedule your session, or email me right now and we will find a time that works for you.

I believe you can love your job, and thrive in your career or business. And I’ll help you any way I can.

I invite you to share your comments and experiences below.

Start by getting clear about how you will know that you have succeeded in making changes.  What are the concrete, measurable results that you will see and experience once you make the changes you want?  Then, what are the steps and results along the way? For example, if you want more balance, perhaps success means sleeping through the night five nights a week and having dinner with family or friends three nights a week.  If your goal is a promotion, perhaps the steps include meeting with your boss to enlist his support and taking training on a new tool or system that will help you in your next job.

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