For the New Year: A Success Toolkit

A new year often starts with reflection and resolutions, looking back on where you’ve been and making wishes for where you hope to go. Just as important to your success, though, is what’s happening in each given moment. Here are a few things you’ll need with you this year to help you succeed.

  1. Attention to small steps. On New Year’s Day, I found myself feeling increasingly overwhelmed by the goals I hoped to achieve this year and wondering how in the world I’d ever reach them. I became frustrated by the sheer volume of work that needed to be done and wasted the majority of the day worrying over it all. The next day, though, I remembered that success really comes from consistency in the small steps. I’ve made a lot of progress in my business over the past couple of years, and I know that what it’s really about is increasing the number of small steps I take, as well as the frequency that I take them. In 2010, the important thing is to simply take small steps — and more of them.
  2. Discipline. Small steps only work if they’re taken over and over again. If you start an exercise routine and miss a day, that won’t matter so much, as long as you exercise more days than you don’t. To succeed, simply focus on reducing the number of days you don’t do the things you need to do.
  3. Having a destination in mind. Most entrepreneurs appreciate that the journey is usually far more important than arriving at any given point, but it’s still important to know where you want to go and have a general direction to move toward.
  4. Constantly switching from big picture to small picture. For me, I know that I have some pretty big goals and several large rocks to move this year, but I also have to keep my eye on smaller-view things (like how the bills will get paid this month and next). I have a tendency to either be in big-picture mode or small-picture mode, when what I really need is to look at my situation from both vantage points very frequently. By switching view points often, I’m less likely to neglect the present or the future of my business.
  5. Support. Even though it may feel like we’re on an island a lot of the time, we definitely need support to build successful businesses, whether that’s our accountability partners who keep our feet to the fire, our networks who help us bridge the gaps along the way, or our family and friends who keep us grounded to what’s important.
  6. Leaving behind limiting beliefs. We all have our own gremlins that follow us around trying to convince us of what we can’t do and why we can’t do it, but to succeed, we have to leave them behind. There will always be excuses and reasons not to do things, but this year, figure out reasons why you should and how you can.
  7. Encompassing valued traits. Just as important (maybe more so) as the doing and the having is the being. Who is it that you hope to be? What traits do you want to embody? How can you start integrating those traits into your daily life?
  8. Appreciation. It’s hard to stay connected to any vision if you’re not savoring the things in your life along the way toward reaching it, and that includes the people in your life, who you are, where you’ve been, and what you’ve accomplished.

Success in the new year will come if you stay focused on making the most of each moment you’re given, and with these few tools helping you along your way, I hope success will prove inevitable.

What else could you use in your toolkit in order to make 2010 a success?

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