My Tips For Success In 2019 Might Surprise You:
Be Less Social: Use social media in a very strategic way for you sales efforts but be careful that you don’t get sucked in and distracted by non-essential social media perusals. Remember that social media is simply a veneer, a superficial snapshot in time where everyone strives (often unintentionally but not always) to make their lives look better and more exciting than yours. So don’t start your workday off with a sense of underachievement or envy brought on by an overindulgence in social media.
Be Less Informed: The news today – regardless of who you get it from or what side of the political spectrum you reside on – is designed to make your blood boil. Gone are the days of even semi-objective reporting. Whether it is cable news or internet-based news it is all crafted to elicit a reaction. Not the best way to start your day because the likelihood of seeing, hearing or reading something that makes you crazy is pretty much a given – so perhaps you can wait until the end of your day to tune in (if you must). Chances are if something catastrophic is happening that really affects you such as an asteroid hurtling towards your neighborhood someone will let you know in time, in most other instances ignorance is bliss.
Be More Self-Centered: It is human nature to look externally for all the reasons why things may not be going our way and we are very talented at identifying the most tangental and random events as proof of a worldwide conspiracy to mess our lives up. The reality is that usually the only common denominator in all our travails is ourselves. So in 2019 make yourself the starting point when looking at how life is unfolding and identify what is within your control to change, modify or eliminate. Once you begin this process you might be surprised to see how fast that external, worldwide conspiracy loses interest in you and moves onto someone else.
Be More Stuck In Your Ways: We have become the most distracted generation in history with gadgets, instant everything and shiny new toys blinding us at every turn. We say we are busier than ever but be honest we are just more distracted – we live in the short-cut culture where we are bombarded with “easier, quicker, no effort required” messages. So the temptation to overload yourself with new tools, new methods of operating is always going to be there and while I don’t suggest ignoring every new tool and new idea, I am suggesting that you be discerning and focused. Concentrate on a small number of tools and methods that really work for you and be relentless in using them. Stick with them, cut out the noise and focus on the results. Constantly jumping around might bring the promise of success but likely not much more.
May you have a wonderful & successful 2019 and one more thing – do you know what success in 2019 looks like for you? Write down a short list of your goals and put them somewhere you can see them every day and every day look at them asking yourself “What am I doing to achieve these goals?”.