I’m not sure how this last year was for you. Was it pretty good or do you prefer to forget it? Do you wish you could go back and do thing differently? No matter what you feel about this past year, there’s nothing you can do to change it.
The good news is, if you had a good year, you can learn to develop ways to repeat those results over and over. You have the ability to string together many good years and many great accomplishments. The other good news is, if your year wasn’t so great, you can learn how not to repeat it. You can turn your not-so-great year around with a little effort and a fresh perspective.
Have you heard about the little boy who took his bat and ball to the baseball field to play? He proudly stood in the batter’s box. As soon as his feet were set, like real baseball players do, he threw up the first pitch and he swung his little bat. He missed. He threw the ball up two more times and missed both times. He lowered the bat from his shoulder and said, “WOW! I’m a great pitcher.”
Perspective. It sure is easy to focus on what didn’t go right. Instead, take all those emotions and experiences from the past and focus on what did go right. You’re sure to have a great year with a fresh and positive perspective.
In fact, I’m challenging you to make this a great year. Don’t just hope or wish it will be a great year, deliberately MAKE it a great year. To do that, I’m challenging you to be a THREAT.
Think – It’s a lost art, but thinking will be a powerful tool for you. According to Sid Madwed, Speaker and Author, “Thoughts are funny little things. They can make paupers or make kings.” Taking time to sit down and think is never a waste of time. You’ll be able to harvest ideas and perspectives that you’ve been too busy to notice before. Be Deliberate.
Habits – Create habits that will keep you moving forward. Don’t just wish for things to be different. Do something to make them different. Make it a habit to spend most of your time on things that will bring the most meaning and purpose to your life. Don’t spend your time doing things that are easy. Do those hard things that make you a better person. Be Deliberate.
Risk – Don’t be afraid to stretch yourself, to try things that scare you a little. If it scares you, you’re probably standing on the edge of your comfort zone. Ask yourself, “Do I want to be comfortable or do I want to find out what I’m really capable of.” People often encourage you to take risks, but fail to mention calculated risks. These are risks where you’ve weighed the consequences and you believe the risk is worth it because of what you will gain or learn or discover. Be Deliberate.
Expect – Live in eager expectation of the rewards you’ll receive from your deliberate hard work. When you expect great things, you notice great things. When you doubt what you can accomplish or what is possible, you’re less likely to even try. You’ll be disappointed in the results. If you don’t expect the best, you won’t get the best. Expect the best in people and situations and you’ll get more than you can imagine! Be Deliberate.
Act – Do something. Talk is cheap, but actions speak very loudly. I’m a Motivational Speaker and I speak on being deliberate toward what you want to accomplish in your life. I speak on this topic because I’ve heard many people say, “Someday I will…” but they never seem to get around to it. Deliberately decide what you want to accomplish then get on with it. You are capable of more than you can imagine. As you take action, you will open up more and more of what is possible for you. Be Deliberate.
Trailblaze – Be brave. You have ideas that are unique to you and your experiences. This is your journey, not someone else’s. Don’t be afraid to act on your ideas no matter what anyone else says. Try something you’ve always wanted to try. Take that first bold step. Reach back to help someone else find their way. Others have helped you. Be willing to do the same. Be Deliberate.
Be a THREAT this year. No more waiting. Go after those things you’ve always talked about doing. If you’re already seeing success, keep going and don’t doubt yourself. It’s easy to think, “Who do I think I am doing all this?” You are exactly who you should be. Keep believing in yourself! Be Deliberate!
Deliberate Decisions Determine Destiny!