As we walk, dance, sleep into 2014 let’s do so with excitement and joy. This is another opportunity to shine. Successful people plan. Write down those things that you want to accomplish in 2014 and as you accomplish them check them off the list. Put in the work. And remember that the failures of 2013 are laid to rest in 2013.
1) Be knowledgeable
2) Be encouraged
3) Be persistent
4) Be honest
5) Be grateful
6) Be aware
7) Be sold-out
8) Be forgiving
9) Be kind
10) Be intentional
Understand what it is you want to do this New Year. Do your research. If you want to start a business, take a trip to the library and read up on it. If you know someone who is already in the business, talk to him or her. Most people will open up and talk to you if they know that you are truly interested.
Surround yourself with good, honest, intelligent people. If you are the smartest person in your circle, your circle is too small. – Bishop T.D. Jakes. Make sure that the people you are friends with are positive, forward thinking and forward moving people. Look around and join some clubs or groups. There are tons of meeting places that will put you in the company of encouraging people.
Go for it! Aggressively! Whatever you want to do this year make sure you pursue it with dogged determination. Don’t let go of your dream. If someone tells you that you can’t do it prove him or her wrong.
Yeah, be honest!
Someone didn’t make it into 2014! Don’t squander your opportunity. Know that you are standing on the shoulders of all that came before you. Someone, somewhere paved the way for you to have this chance to make your dreams come true.
Keep your eyes and your spirit open. Know when to stay and know when to leave. Don’t try to force the door open when it closes. Closed doors are blessings too.
Be all the way in on your dream. No half-steppin’. You are not going to succeed if you are timid and blasé about your dream. If you want to do it…Do It! Don’t vacillate between maybes.
You are going to make mistakes. Everyone does no matter what. When you do make a mistake acknowledge it, and keep it moving. Forgive yourself and forgive others. Don’t hold anything against anyone, but when “Someone shows you who they are believe them”. – Maya Angelou.
People respond better to honey than vinegar. They’ll remember a smiling face and respond positively to you the next time you see them. Remember it only takes a moment to smile, but that smile maybe the only one that person gets all day.
Everything that you do, every motion must advance your goal. If you are not moving towards completing what you have set out to do in this New Year, you are wasting time. You have 365 days to accomplish your goal. Don’t waste a day. Make sure you are accomplishing something towards that goal so that when December 31, 2014 rolls around (and it will faster than you realize) you can rest in knowing that you were successful. You did it!
I’m excited to see what 2014 has in store for me. I’m also excited to see what 2014 has in store for you. New authors, singers, dancers, musicians, business owners, husbands, wives, students, bloggers, designers, chefs, teachers, athletes, actors…I know I missed a lot. But I’m excited for you.
On your mark…