It is officially 2017 and people are making resolutions they have no intentions of keeping while posting the same strategically posed pictures with the hashtag “New Year New Me.” I do not want to be a new person in 2017; I want to continue my growth to be my best. It is very easy to become complacent waiting for opportunities. I truly feel one can create their own opportunities and achieve their dreams with hard work. I recently tweeted #BestChance2017 which means I am opening myself to doing my best. I know there will be roadblocks in the way but I will do my best to stay on path. Here are five things I have done in the past that helped me give myself my best chances:
1. Set Goals
I gave up making resolutions several years ago because I knew there was no way of completing them over the course of the year. I replaced resolutions with goals. By setting both short term and long term goals, I was able to achieve a lot the things I set out to do. Each day I worked a little harder to get to where I needed to be until I was able to accomplish my goals. Some of my goals are still out of reach but I have not given up on them. Even though I haven’t completed all of them I am a lot farther then I was on day one.
2. Create a Plan and Get Organized
I bought a planner in 2015 and it was one of the best purchases I have made. I was able to organize my weekly schedule and weekly task. I stopped forgetting things I was supposed to do and became a more efficient employee. Seeing my weekly task written down made completing them less overwhelming. I also learned how much I can complete and whether or not I can take on more work during the week.
3. Hold Yourself Accountable
It is so easy to blame others for our downfalls but by holding yourself accountable you can fix any problems you have. By writing down my weekly task, I could see what I did accomplish. If I didn’t complete my task, I would ask myself why and try to change within myself. Constantly blaming others, will deter you from personal growth.
4. Ask For Help
There is nothing wrong with asking others for help. No one can do everything on their own. I can be very stubborn sometimes but I know if I ever need advice I can talk to my father. Sometimes listening to advice will help you view a situation in a different way.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
Failure is not the end of the world. In order to succeed, I had to accept that at one point I may fail. I had to accept that I will fail more than once and that is okay. Wallowing in self-pity is not. Once I stopped being afraid of failure I was able to focus my energy on the goals I wanted to accomplish.
I hope everyone learns from the lessons 2016 taught us. It may not always be easy but the New Year is providing everyone with a chance and it is up to each and every one of us to make the best of it.