2015 Is here, and that means everyone will be planning their new year’s resolutions…
Let’s face it. New year’s resolutions are scary, because we’re all scared of responsibility. We’re scared of it because it means we’re in charge and we could easily mess it up. Setting goals for yourself isn’t as easy as sitting back and letting things happen, whether it be professional goals like growing your career or personal goals like getting healthier.
But sitting back means that you will never be able to create anything for yourself. It means that someone else is always going to make the choices for you, and someone else will control the outcome. 2015 Should be the year you pick up the cat by it’s tail and learn the things a person can learn no other way. Fear of failure is a poisonous thing, and you need to get it right out of your head.
Follow these steps to make your new year’s resolutions stick:
#1 Amat Victoria Curam
Which of course is Latin for Victory Loves Preparation. As with all things, the best way to approach this is planning for it first. Decide where you want to go and create a plan to get there. Do you want to be in charge of a big project at work this year? Make it your business to know exactly what is going on. If it’s a cost cutting project, you need to know where expenditure is running wild before the project is even conceived.
#2 Be the Karate Kid
Not literally of course, I just mean that you should be grounded and willing to be mentored. Be thankful for criticism, even if it stings. Take advice from the people with more experience than you. You won’t always reach your goals right away, stay humble and keep waxing.
#3 Don’t have the Skills? Poor baby.
Get over yourself already. If you don’t have the skills you need to reach your goals, learn them. A little research never killed anyone. Then throw yourself in the deep end to turn the skills you’ve learnt into practice. Give yourself a new project every day – something you think you might not have been capable to do last week.
#4 Gloves off, hands dirty.
Reaching your goals, and having full control of your career and your life, means you get ahead at the rate which you want to. Getting ahead faster means work, there’s no way around it. Take the difficult, unwanted assignments, and get out of your comfort zone. You’ll become noticably better at not screwing up the difficult things, and then something magic will happen. People will require your expertise.
Whatever your goals are for 2015, put your heart into it! Benjamin Franklin said ‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’. Thank you 2014 – 2015 BRING IT ON!