Just once a year my bosses let me share my own thoughts with the world. So, while their spirit of generosity still abounds in this festive season, let me give you some ideas on how to make the most of 2018 and be the best you can be. It’s never too late to start. Remember: the New Year is a perfect time to clear the slate!
- Get rid of distractions in your life If there are things stopping you doing something important or something you’ve always wanted to do because they are consuming all of your time, then deal with them! Sometimes this means finishing a task that you have been putting off or getting rid of excuses for not doing it. Promise yourself in the New Year that you will focus on what makes you happy, healthy and productive. If anything else distracts you from that path, deal with it!
- Simplify your life Along the same lines: if, like me, you try to do a million things at once (ok, so I exaggerate) you will never get to the important ones. Work out what you really have to do and who you have to be. Ask yourself the question, “Will the world stop turning on its axis if don’t do this task?” You know the answer.
- You don’t have to be everything for everybody If you try to do this you are bound to fail. Your happiness is not dependent on sorting out everyone else’s problems, saving them from themselves or “being there” for them. Work out what makes you happy: often that will be focussing on the lives and needs of those who you love the most and watching from afar everyone else with interest, love and support. As long as you can do the best you can for yourself and show people that you care, you’re a winner.
- Success is achievable The problem is in knowing or defining what success is for you. Ask yourself, “What does success look like?” Discover the answer to that question and you have something to aim for. Success is different for everyone. Have something to aim for that is yours alone. Remember, if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time. – Zig Ziglar
- Set yourself achievable goals On the same thought, be kind to yourself and don’t set yourself unachievable goals. If dropping your weight by 10 kilos is an achievable goal, then make that your target. Once you’ve got there, recalibrate your expectations and see if you can tackle a further goal. Creighton Abrams is often quoted as saying that the only way a tiger can eat an elephant is to take one bite at a time. If you tackle too big a task, you’re likely to be defeated by its scale. Bite slowly, arrive safely.
- Back yourself Because if you aren’t confident in what you are doing in life, how can you expect others to back you? Unleash your inner diva!