Happy New Year. I hope that 2012 is your best year ever – that you become the life and career success you want to be and more important, deserve to be.
Here are my seven best pieces of life and career success for 2012.
First, clarify the purpose and direction for your life and career. This means that you have to develop your personal definition of success. Once you do this, you need to create a vivid mental image of yourself as a success. Make this image a vivid as possible. Then, clarify your values. They are your anchor. They help you make decisions in ambiguous situations.
Second, commit to taking personal responsibility in 2012 for your life and career success. Set high goals. Do whatever it takes to achieve them. Don’t let problems and setbacks stop your march towards life and career success. Stuff will happen this year. Choose to respond positively to the negative stuff that happens. Learn what you can from your setbacks. Use these learnings to help you move forward.
Third, build unshakeable self-confidence. Become an optimist, believing in yourself is the first step in creating the life and career success you deserve. Don’t let fear get you down. Face your fears and act. My success quote for December 29, 2011 came from Woody Allen who said, “80% of success is showing up.” Show up. Don’t let your fears bog you down. Surround yourself with positive people. Jettison the negative people in your life. They are energy black holes. Find a mentor to help you along the way to your career success. Mentors are positive people who are willing to give of themselves to help you create your life and career success.
Fourth, become an outstanding performer. This starts with lifelong learning. The world changes rapidly. You have to keep up. Keep learning and growing. Develop your business acumen. Know your business, and business in general. Get a handle on your time, life and stress. Live a healthy lifestyle. You can’t perform at your best if you’re not in reasonable shape.
Fifth, create positive personal impact. Become the person everybody wants to work with, or to be on their team. Create and nourish your unique personal brand. Make sure that everything you do is on brand. Be impeccable in your presentation of self – in person and on line. Make sure that how you dress and act and your Facebook and LinkedIn postings and tweets show the world that you are a consummate professional. Brand yourself as a polished professional. Learn and follow the basic rules of business etiquette.
Sixth, become a dynamic communicator. Become a great conversationalist, a clear succinct writer and a dynamic presenter. Good communication skills are the best way to catch the eye of the people who can make a difference in your life and career. Many a career has been launched on the strength of one conversation, a well written report or effective presentation.
Seventh, build strong lasting mutually beneficial relationships with the important people in your life. Start by getting to know yourself. Use this self-knowledge to determine how you are similar of different from others. Adapt your communication style to each individual person with whom you work. You’ll become more influential this way. Pay it forward. Doing for others without being asked is the best way to initiate strong relationships. Finally, resolve conflict in a manner that strengthens – rather than weakens your relationships.
Put these seven keys to work this year and you will become the life and career success you deserve to be. I guarantee it.
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Welcome to 2012. I hope it is your best year ever. I’m your career success coach. I’m here to help you.
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