What New Year resolutions will you be making for 2014?
Perhaps you want a new career or maybe improve your fitness or lose weight.
It’s easy making a list of resolutions, but harder to keep them. But, with a little hard work anything is possible.
Who you hang around with matters a lot. Forge relationships with people who will help you develop and grow. Don’t get stuck in a rut and spend too much time with people who will pull you down. If you spend time with people who are successful, perhaps doing a job you would like to do, or following a healthy lifestyle, then your chance of achieving the same increases dramatically.
It’s said that you become a combination of the five people you spend the most time with. Make sure you’re spending time with the right people. People that inspire you, that motivate you, that fuel your ambition and drive, and who you can learn from. Being around such people regularly can make a big difference to your level of success.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whatever you need advice on there will be someone to help: your doctor, leisure centre staff, business advisors, library and college staff. Ask for guidance on courses, fitness training, setting up your own business. You’ll usually find that people are very happy to help someone who shows initiative and enthusiasm.
If you are keen to improve, and you are prepared to take the initiative, the opportunities are there.
There’s a very big difference between people who actively work on building and planning their future, and those who just go with the flow, not really having any direction.
Nobody ever became successful from having a lie in or watching TV. If you want to be successful you’ve got to work hard. If you are passionate about what you want to achieve you have to put in the hours. All you need is a dream, a dedicated work ethic, and an alarm clock. If you want to get ahead get up an hour before everyone else.
Sometimes we simply allow things to happen to us by our inaction and our unwillingness to do what is necessary to create or maintain what we want.
But nothing ever just “happens” to you.
If you want to be successful, take steps to create your desired outcomes. Successful people give up an hour’s television at night to fit in the time for that course; they write a plan of action so that they know how to reach their goals. They replace negative self-talk such as “I feel like a victim; nothing ever seems to work out for me” With positive words such as “I feel great; I am in control; I can make things happen.”
You are in control.
You are the one who is creating the way your life and career is. The career you currently have is the result of your past thoughts and actions. You are in charge of your current thoughts and your present feelings. You are in charge of what you say and do. You are in charge of what goes into your mind – the books and magazines you read, the television you watch, the people you spend time with. Every action is under your control. If you want to achieve more in your career, or life, it’s not up to anyone else to come to you to suggest courses or opportunities, it’s up to you to look for them. It’s up to you to take action. If you want to be successful, all you have to do is act in ways that produce more of what you want.
So whatever resolutions you do make always remember: You are 100% responsible for what happens in your life.