Goals are like a cute pair of shoes: you should enjoy them while you can but don’t expect to keep the same ones forever. Either you will outgrow them or one day they’ll be lame and outdated. So if you’re doing life right, your goals (and shoes) will change as time goes on. For this reason, I’m not a huge fan of setting resolutions. New Year’s resolutions tend to be very specific and don’t leave much room for growth. The word resolution itself means, “a settled purpose”. But as we know, nothing in life is settled. Not goals and not fashion. Instead, I like to set “success strategies”. These broad objectives are applicable to any situation and will be relevant throughout your entire year’s journey. As I prepare to move into a new and exciting phase in my life, here are some of my 2014 success strategies:
- Say yes to those fabulous (but scary) opportunities. The only chances that you really miss out on are the ones that you willingly walk away from. So don’t pigeonhole yourself to doing only what you think you should do, embrace all of your potential. Fear goes away, but regret never leaves you.
- Focus on the possibilities, not the obstacles. Don’t fear the unknown because you’ll always learn your way along the way. Plus, your days are comprised of what you think about the most so focusing on possibilities will bring about more opportunities. Likewise, your thoughts should reinforce your goals.
- Relax and faith it until you make it! Worrying is like praying for exactly what you don’t want to happen, you have to trust the process.
- Be present. Be seen, be heard, take up space, and lean in. The quite girl doesn’t get the corner office and a closed mouth never gets fed.
- Be authentically, unapologetically YOU. Do whatever you truly want to do. Affirm your natural talents and stop wasting time/energy doing rational, but boring or unfulfilling things.
If you do, in fact, have a goal that you’ve been working on for a while, you don’t always have to completely toss it out with your old shoes. Sometimes we have to revisit our goals and revise our action plan. If it’s still taking you too long to accomplish your task, it may be time for you or your goal to change.
- Speaking of change, I’m planning to make some revisions to Sucsass in the upcoming months, so if there’s anything specific you’d like to see or hear about, don’t hesitate to let me know. Happy New Year, I’ll see you in 2014!