At a certain age, most of us stop making New Year’s resolutions because we find that, over time, we are not really committed to them. However, one thing I think we can safely say we are all committed to is success in our work.
Whatever success looks like to you — personal wealth, power, acclaim, the ability to help others, etc. — there are probably some things you need to let go of this year to make room for success to happen. How many of these 12 things apply to you?
- Not taking action. You can have the best legal education and an unmatched marketing mind, but if you do not couple those resources with action, you’ve got nothing. Stop putting off taking concrete action on achieving your dreams. Put something into motion.
- Living in the past. We all have regrets and thoughts of what could have been “if only…” Put it aside. There is nothing you can do to change the past, but you can change your future so invest in that instead of what’s already gone.
- Thinking small. If you dream big, you have to think big. Expand your thinking by attending a motivational business conference and reading books that will contribute to you reaching those lofty goals.
- Doing it all yourself. Enlisting the help of others not only frees you up to focus on the big picture, it also expands the network of people dedicated to your success.
- Staying in toxic relationships. At one time or another, we’ve all had toxic relationships in our lives. Make this the year you let go of those energy drainers who do nothing to contribute to your success.
- Working through lunch. Your brain and your body need a midday break to remain focused and energized. Even if you take only 30 minutes out for a meal, the result will be a more positive attitude for the rest of your day.
- Having a disorganized office. If your office looks like it was hit by a paper storm, it’s time to clear the clutter. Once you become more organized, you will feel more in control of your workload and your work life.
- Having an inconsistent online presence. Maintaining a good online reputation is key to evolving in your career. If you only post infrequently on social media or your blog, you’re not doing anything to build your brand.
- Not using your free time wisely. Social interaction is key to human happiness. Don’t waste your free time in front of the TV or computer; get out and live your life with the people you care about and who feed your soul.
- Not getting enough sleep. This is something many of us struggle with, but studies show that sleep deprivation is harmful to your physical and mental health. To be at the top of your game, your mind and body need to be well rested.
- Negative thinking. If you harbor negative thoughts, they eventually get hard-wired into your brain, causing you to always be questioning your decisions and your self-worth. If you find yourself saying things like, “I can’t…,” “I’m not good at…,” or something similar, stop yourself and replace that with more positive language.
- Not celebrating the small stuff. The ambitious goals we have for ourselves in business usually take time to achieve, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop and celebrate the small wins along the way. Enjoying even a small sense of accomplishment gives you the drive to push through to the big win.
Changing old habits is never easy, but realizing how they are holding you back from achieving success is the first step to making lasting change happen. This year, resolve to set aside the obstacles that are standing in your way to being and building all that you dream.