Attitude is somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
How was your 2016? Good? Bad?
How do you want your 2017 to be? I think everyone wants to be optimistic and hopeful for the new year.
Planning, preparing, and goal setting certainly don’t guarantee success – but I do believe that a plan increases our chances of success.
In the spirit of preparing to hit the starting line, enjoy the article below from my buddy Michael Josephson.
The tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions reflects one the very best qualities of human nature – the ability to reflect on and assess our lives in terms of the goals we set for ourselves and the principles we believe in.
It’s still not too late to formulate a self-improvement plan to make our outer lives and inner selves better by adopting more positive attitudes, living up to our highest values, and strengthening our relationships.
- Never under-estimate a couple of men that served this country (these guys know how to win).
- Never under-estimate an “Angry Rod” – when this guy is focused – he brings himself to a new level.
- Never under-estimate the swag and quiet diplomacy of the Egyptian – he made sure all dialog on the team was positive (not one ounce of negative energy…. ever).
- Never upset Randi. 2016 hasn’t exactly been kind to her, but she refused to let the year end on any kind of loss.
- Never refer to Phil as Samuel L. Jackson.
- It doesn’t make sense to bet against Patrick considering he’s higher than a kite – he’s starting his first business next week.
- And when you have a couple of rookies like Danny and Sonia – you never know what you’ll get. These rooks brought their best and showed us that the new guys are optimistic and expect the best from themselves.
- And of course, we learned that Liam Boyer understands and exhibits the Law of Victory: Winners Find a Way to Win.
Liam gave us an exclamation mark for 2016, and he’s telling us all he can compete with the best of us. I am betting on Liam’s Organization winning in 2017, and we will crown a new Org Consultant within the next 18 months.
One of my stock tips for 2017: buy Boyer stock. It’s on the rise.
I hope the past year will go down in your book of life as one filled with great pleasures and grand memories. But whether the year was good, bad, or indifferent, I hope you’ll enter the new year wiser and stronger for your experiences, and optimistic that the best is yet to come.
A vital quality of a happy and successful personal and professional life is continual growth spurred by a commitment to learn through study and experience. This requires the humility to accept that however good you are you can get better and the ambition to be better.
As you look forward to the future – the place where you’ll spend the rest of your life – it’s smart to look back at the immediate past and objectively assess what went well and what didn’t in your job, your relationships, your health, and your overall sense of fulfillment. What did you learn that can make your life better?
If you had a bad year, it’s possible you were a wholly innocent victim, or maybe your own actions or attitudes contributed to serious grief or unhappiness. Either way, please accept my best wishes and sincere condolences. Please be careful, however, not to wallow in sorrow, sympathy, shame, or self-doubt. Don’t allow yesterday’s pain to become tomorrow’s suffering.
Be accountable, but be fair to yourself.
Start the next stage of your life’s journey with optimism and confidence.
Remember, you’re the captain of your own ship. Take the wheel, choose your course, and get on your way.
There may be rough seas ahead, but there will also be enough achievement, growth, reconciliation, and true joy to make the journey worth it.
Abe Lincoln pointed out that one of the good things about the future is it always comes one day at a time.
May this new year be your best year – so far.
Check out this video about “managing” your time. Hint: you can’t!
Has a person ever said something to you that made you rethink your life?
My answer has to do with me replying to my mentor, “I don’t have time for a Time Management Seminar.”
See my full answer on Quora!