Everyone wants to have a good year. Making this year your best year ever requires leading your life by managing your choices. This does not happen by chance or accident. It only comes when you consistently make the right choices. Your daily choices will greatly determine your year (Click here to Tweet that, Thank you). Here are 6 choices that if you chose to make will position you for your best and most successful year:
1. Lead by example-
Lead your life by choosing to be caring and live out a positive example. Your example should attract and pull people toward you and your leadership. This can be done when you adapt these Unconventional Qualities: love, humility, servanthood, grace, patience, and honesty. This allows you to positively impact those around you.
2. Control your responses-
To lead your life this year requires that you control your responses. You can’t always choose what happens to or around you but you can always choose your response or reaction toward the situation. This does not mean you have to deny your current emotions, emotions are normal feelings. However, we have to be careful that our emotions are not the driving force of our actions and emotions because it could cause us to react in the wrong manor. Carefully and wisely chose your responses.
3. Increase your influence-
Lead your life by intentionally expanding your influence. In The Leadership Mandate I wrote about 5 areas of influence: family, work, relationships, online, and regional. Every person has dominating areas of influence, were they have more influence than other areas. This year, determine to increase your influence in your dominate areas and chose to start to increase your influence in a non-domain area.
4. Connect and network-
Chose to invest time to connect, network, and build strong relationships with others, both in person and online. Social media can allow us to start new relationships and stay connected with the people we already know, but we should not allow the convenience of social media to prevent us from having face-to-face interactions. A balance of both is essential.
5. Plan your days-
You can’t expect to arrive at the destination you desire (or a good year) without a plan. Taking time to write down a strategic plan with realistic goals can allow you to determine what actions steps you should be taking on a daily basis. The key is to put a plan together (It’s never too late to write out your plan) and make it one of your top priorities. This will allow you to achieve everything you want this year.
6. Take action –
The best and most successful year comes to those who are willing to take action on their greatest dreams and aspirations. They avoid passively waiting for things to be perfect by taking courage’s actions steps on a daily basis. Don’t worry about taking huge steps because it’s the small steps of action done on a regular basis that will lead to big results. The key is to start taking action.
Questions: Can you add to the list? What are some other ways to lead your life this year? Which of these 6 choices do you need to focus on more this year?