Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Put Your Best Foot Forward this New Year

The end always marks a new beginning, for those who choose to create one. The words below invite you to make 2016 yet another year filled with glory of your own grandeur, for that will mark the New Beginning of purpose, passion and power.

New year resolutions are clich├ęd statements for those who wait for the end of the year to wake up. Renewal of obsolete routines and recharging of areas that served you well will give you a much-needed boost in the New Year. Here are some ideas to start strong and stay ahead the whole year round.

Friends are the building blocks of our personality. They influence our purpose and shape our decisions. Whoever said, “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are”, was right. This new year drop the ones who only have brought slug and sorrow in your life. When my nephew said, “My friends tease me at work and make me feel bad,” my answer was, “Then they are not your friends.” Friends inspire, encourage and empower, and are the mirrors of honesty for you. Their company ignites in you the desire to be better, for that’s what they themselves stand for. Be vigilant about who you allow into your friends’ list and make amends should some have fallen out of sync with you.

There is no better time for self-indulgence than the beginning of the year. Get a new wardrobe. “When I wore my new set of business suits for my meetings, I felt confident and superior,” a colleague who returned from a shopping spree abroad said. Get your hair styled. Visit a skin specialist. Revamp your diet and coach your cook or family to go in for healthy options. There is no greater and faster route to confidence than a personal make over. Invest in how you look and keep a quarterly maintenance on it.

Never forget the primary purpose of your job: your own happiness. Plan a vacation for the year at the start of the year. It’s better to lock a vacation and let your company know in advance. That way you have a heads up to create the necessary budget for it and time to plan out your professional responsibilities. I have seen that as the year progresses, pressures begin to mount and the vacation becomes an impossibility. Don’t compromise your own time to live, enjoy and be happy.

Money will never be enough, even for the world’s richest people. Do something different and drastic; start the year with a financial investment; set yourself a target to fill that back. Just put some money aside for later use. Money is a tricky thing, if it sits idle, it flows out. Plug the potential leak; it might just come in handy for a luxurious family vacation or the new car that seemed out of reach.

The above actions lead to enhance your self-confidence in the New Year. That’s the best thing you can do for yourself, for it is known that confident people are usually happy, and make wiser choices and cleverer decisions.

Rooting for your success.