Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Feelin' Fine for 2009

I decided long ago against New Year's resolutions. The vast majority inevitably end in failure. Just as the freshness of the new year fades, so does the resolve. When something that should be so long term is directly associated with something so fleeting, something must give. Things throughout our lives remind us that the year is no longer anew, yet far less is pushing to keep our commitments enduring. Consequently it's our new undertaking that suffers in substance. For those of you who have or plan to make New Years' resolutions, I wish you the best. Here are some tips that may help you with your goals.

1. Be Decisive - Success is a choice. You must decide what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or should do that for you.

2. Stay Focused - A close relative to being decisive, but your ability to sustain your focus from beginning to end determines the timing and condition of your outcomes.

3. Welcome Failure - The fundamental question is not whether you should accept failure. You have no choice but to expect it as a temporary condition on the path way of progress. Rather, the question is how to anticipate failure and redirect resources to grow from the experience.

4. Write Down Your Goals - Your mind while blessed with permanent memory is cursed with lousy recall. People forget things. Avoid the temptation of being cute; write down your goals.

5. Plan Thoroughly - Planning saves 10 to 1 in execution. Proper planning prevents poor performance.

6. Involve Others - Nobody goes through life alone. Establish your own "Personal Board of Directors", people whose wisdom, knowledge and character you respect to help you achieve your goals.

7. Take Purposeful Action - Success is not a spectator sport - achievement demands action. You cannot expect to arrive at success without having made the trip.

8. Reward Yourself - Rewards work! Think of what you will give yourself as a result of your hard work, focus and persistence - you deserve it!

9. Inspect What You Expect - The shelf life of all plans is limited. No plan holds up against opposition. Everything changes. Therefore inspect frequently and closely; it's an insurance policy on your success.

10. Maintain Personal Integrity - Maintain your commitment to your commitment. Set your goals, promise yourself that you will achieve them. Eliminate wiggle room and excuses. That's personal integrity!

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