Happy New Year! You may have noticed that the blog took a little vacation at the end of last year. It’s back starting with this article on “How to Supercharge 2013.” It is a bit “softer” than the tips I usually provide because it is a modified version of my column for Health Callings on how to Supercharge Your Job Search for 2013. Still, the tips apply and will help you have a more prosperous year. Want more concrete steps? Check out my recommendation for the best book of 2012 which will absolutely help you create change.
Growing a business and improving professionally take a lot of energy. Your organization and your professional life can only ever have as much energy as you do. For 2013, taking time to recharge yourself will supercharge your results. Try these techniques:
Write What’s Right: Studies show that people are happier when they take a few minutes each day to write down what is going well and what they are grateful for. Do what feels good to you. Write a few sentences about something good that happened during the day or something you are thankful for in your life.
Start Small: What substance is tougher: water or rock? The answer is water. Over time, small drops of water can erode stone. In your life, small consistent actions can also overcome obstacles. Big goals and big dreams are great as long as you remember that you achieve them with one step at a time. Break down your goals into chunks that are easier to focus on and accomplish. And, if you ever feel that you don’t know how to move forward, ask, “What is the smallest step I can take toward my goal?”
Celebrate Small Successes: How many actions does the average person take before they give up on a goal? Zero. Most people stop before they start. Once you take a step toward your goal, acknowledge it. Big achievements only happen after many small victories. Did you move something forward? Celebrate it.
Seek Support: It’s a proven fact that the quality of your connections to others has a bigger impact on your personal satisfaction than almost anything else. It’s easy to get so caught up in your plans that you forget that there are people around who want to help. Make a point of connecting with friends and loved ones and using their support network in 2013. Don’t have a network? Build one.
Create a Replenishing Ritual: We all have things that energize us and help turn a good day into a great day. Commit to discovering and practicing those rituals that replenish you every day. Whether you like to read, journal or take a walk around the park, a little time for yourself can make a lasting difference.
The final technique is to Adjust Your Attitude. Achieving goals is less like a sprint and more like a marathon. The good news is that when you make recharging yourself a priority, you know you’ll be able to finish the race. More than that you’ll be “supercharged” all along the way and have enough energy to really savor crossing the finish line.
Here’s to your success in 2013!