You may not be a resolution kind of person (I’m not either), but that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to accelerate your success. Jon Mertz shared a concept that I love for the new year – it’s a second chance to take the good, bad and ugly from last year and move forward with purpose on purpose. To help you kick off the new year as you make a fresh start, I have an idea or two (or fifty) for you to consider.
Wait! Before you close your browser and feel completely overwhelmed, I’m not suggesting that you do all 50 on a daily basis. My gut tells me that you know where you need to start.
What are you willing to do to accelerate your success?
- Block time on your schedule to crank on work and remain meeting-free
- Learn to say “no”
- Exercise – de-stress and build strength!
- Find a mentor
- Set up informational interviews to learn about other’s path to success
- Share your ideas even when you’re afraid they will sound stupid
- Ask: “How Can I Help?”
- Hire a coach
- Eat breakfast
- Take a vacation
- Spend time with your friends – decompress
- Keep a notebook (or app) handy to write down inspiration when it strikes
- Dress to feel good – you don’t have to impress, but put on something that makes you feel your best
- Persevere even when you’re tempted to give up
- Banish the phrase “it’s impossible” from your lexicon
- Don’t assume you’ll remember your brainstorm in the morning – open your eyes and write it down
- Know your values and use them as a guidepost to lead with integrity
- Make time for your family – reenergize and recharge
- Read a non-fiction book on leadership, management, innovation or another topic of interest
- Read a fiction book and take a mental break from challenges at work
- Spend time hip-to-hip with the front lines
- Ask people for their opinions and be willing to shift yours
- Attend a conference in your field
- Make real connections on Social Media (aka avoid exclusively one-way sharing)
- Stop making assumptions about what others think and their motivations – ask
- Train for a marathon (or something else that requires discipline)
- Wake up early and use the quiet morning time to prioritize for the day
- Leave your phone in your bag (or in another room) during meetings
- Let go of the pressure to return every email, IM and tweet immediately
- Share the story about the time you were less than perfect – show people you’re human
- Blog about your knowledge and experiences
- Join in on Tweet chats like #PeopleSkills, #DaretoBe, #TChat or #LeadwithGiants to get inspired and build relationships
- Set limits on mindless game time like Candy Crush
- Take an online course designed to help you take your next step
- Admit when you’re wrong instead of digging in (it won’t make you right)
- Join Toastmasters and fine tune your public speaking skills
- Don’t be afraid to rock the boat – change takes discomfort
- Read one blog a day and apply what you learned
- Be a scientist – hypothesize, act, reflect, shift
- Get a new job when you’re reached the limits in your current position or organization
- Update your resume to include your latest experience and accomplishments before you need it
- Create or join a mastermind group
- Make time to get to know people beyond their titles and job functions
- Notice when you’re selling to the wrong people at the wrong time (i.e. friends over catch up dinner and drinks)
- Shake things up – even a small change could help get you unstuck
- Reframe a plateau as a time to get stronger before your next leap
- Break the Frame of “because that’s the way we’ve always done it” and follow your gut
- Allow for setbacks and embrace the learning
- Believe you CAN
What would you add?
Most important: What will you DO?
Break the Frame Action:
Bookmark this page or print it out. When you need a little inspiration or feel like someone else needs to give you permission to forward your personal development and accelerate your success, think again.
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