It's the beginning of the new year and you are coming down from the holiday high. Yet, feeling the pressure of starting the new year off fresh and on top. It can be overwhelming to start the year off with new habits, better behaviors, narrower focuses, and as some would say, a new year's resolution. To set yourself up for success for the year, here are seven mistakes to avoid in the beginning of a new year.
Just jump into it and get it done! Don't wait until you feel it's right to start what it is that you want to do. Just do it. Compliments of Nike and it's famous inspirational slogan. Waiting until everything is the way you want it or the way you feel it should be may not be in the time you desire. The more you put things off the harder it becomes to do and the less committed you are to getting it done. Don't procrastinate in doing what it is you need or want to do. Don't wait until April to start the things you said you would in January. Be discipline and start manifesting your work!
2. Allowing Your Past to Haunt You
Some times we dwell on the mistakes we've made in our past. Mistakes we've made in relationships, business, family, or our careers. Don't allow last year's blunder to discourage you from avoiding them this year. We've all made them and will continue to make them. But you learn from them, move on, and use them as testimonies to help and encourage others to avoid them. If there were people in your life who caused you harm or wasn't supportive in your mission leave them in your past. Focus on the ones who were team players and be sure to tell them how grateful you are to have each other.
3. Not Writing Down Your Focuses
Write down your vision and make it plain. Write it down and commit it to it. Live it and review it daily or weekly. I mean write yourself a note. Yes, I know we can type it, place it in a beautiful format, and then save it in the cloud. Don't neglect the feeling of connection you get when you take time to hand write something you are passionate about. When you write out your focuses for the year you help commit them to memory. It helps you to reiterate them and express them to yourself and others.
4. Not Celebrating Last Year's Successes
So what you didn't do everything that you wanted to do last year. Don't allow what you didn't get done to dismiss all the accomplishments you achieved. Take time to celebrate each success you achieved last year, no matter how big or small. Progress is success. Think of where you were in the beginning of last year and look at the progress you've made at the end of the year. You may not be where you want to be but I'm sure you are no longer where you used to be either.
5. Complaining About What You Didn't Do
It's just as important to avoid complaining about what you didn't do as it is to not celebrate your successes. Ok, you didn't do some of the things you wanted to do last year. Neither did I. I can count on two hands the number of people I've already spoken with this year who didn't either. Don't focus on the glass half empty. Instead, focus on it half full. Change your perspective about what it is you accomplished versus what you did not. Remember all the people you've inspired, the projects you've completed, the people you helped, and the places you traveled. If you feel you didn't do enough last year, then make sure you are using your time where it's most productive this year.
6. Forgetting to Reprioritize
Often times people we think we could just continue completing the things we set out to do the year before. That's not a bad approach to finishing what you've started or checking off another box on your list. But, don't make the mistake of not reprioritizing that list. You've learned new things over the past 12 months that I'm sure has given you insight and wisdom that you could apply in your life and business. What you thought was important right now, may not be what you need to be focusing on right now. I'm not saying to erase that list, just be sure to reprioritize what's important to help you have greater success this year than you did last year. Remember, keep growing and become stronger and wiser than you were the year before. Knowing that and doing that requires the ability to change focuses when needed.
7. Not Thinking BIG
What is your BHAG? What is your Big Harry Audacious Goal? Think big in what is you want to achieve this year. Don't be afraid of feeling what you aspire to do is too much or out of your scope of talents or skills. You can do it! Remember, if your dreams don't scare you then you aren't thinking big enough.
What mistakes are you avoiding in the beginning of this year?
Shared over a cup of tea,
...From my Thoughts to Yours, Jamara