Michael Daly

Author, Speaker, Mentor

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A New Year, A New You

A New Year, A New You, Self-leadership and Goal Setting for 2019.

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could do only a little.

Edmund Burke

Whether or not you follow the life you want to live, it won’t be easy either way, so why not just go for it? At least then, through all the struggles and strife, it will be in pursuit of what matters most to you as a person. Living a life of self-leadership is not easy – far from it. It is tough, requiring determination and great effort on your part to keep moving forward if you want to live a life of success and happiness.

Now at the start of a new year will you please take a moment to think of a time when you had to show real determination in your own life so as to not give in or give up; a time when you had to dig deep within yourself so as to keep moving forward in your life. Maybe it was when you lost a job, the ending of a relationship, a business venture failed, or you faced health issues.

Think also of a time when you had to show real determination to achieve something that you wanted in your life. A time when you were determined to get a job, hold onto a job, see a new business venture succeed, deal with an addiction or achieve any personal or professional goal. Showing determination, either in the face of adversity or in pursuit of something meaningful, is the first trait of a self-leader.

Remember now as you set out some goals that you would like to achieve this year that wanting to bring your life and work to a better place in the future, will mean having to deal with and overcome the many problems, challenges and demands that will inevitably arise. Many people have the false belief that as they achieve success, they will be faced with fewer problems. In fact, it is often the opposite. There are always challenges and problems to overcome in life and work. The challenges and problems will just be in direct proportion to the level of success and happiness you want in life. There will be times when you will be tempted to give in, believing the challenges and problems to be dealt with are simply too much for you. This is often precisely when there is a need to rise to the occasion. Those who really want success and happiness have the persistence and determination to keep moving forward in pursuit of the life they want, regardless of the challenges and problems that face them. So every success and best wishes as you now set the goals you want to achieve in 2019.

A New Year and A New You

It’s A New Year and how do you need it to be, A New You, for it to be one of true and real success?

For me one way is to answer the following question:

What will give me energy and what will take my energy over the coming year?

To actually identify that which will give me energy in 2018. There will be things like getting to travel as well as launch my new book.

Equally there will be the need to identify that which will take my energy and there will be things like having to give the garden a really big make over in the spring (would love to see it happen, only gardening just doesn’t do it for me). *

To take the time to look to all those activities that will need to be done over the following year. To identify the ones that will both drain my energy, yet more importantly identify the ones that will give me energy. The energy to be creative and stay the course in pursuit of the life I want to be living, both personally and professionally over the next 12 months.

Having answered the question that I then work at incorporating all those activities that give me energy into my daily life. For in truth those that are more rested, relaxed, focused and continually allow themselves to be renewed and creative will perform better than those who are not.

So, go on and allow yourself a little time and space to answer this question for when you do, you really are allowing some creativity into your life. Then as you go and do the activities which give you energy you will start believing you are a creative person with the capacity to take a creative approach to your life and your work. An approach allowing for A New You to appear for A New Year ahead. For when people build their lives around their passions and what it is that gives them energy they are using their full potential. Which in turn generally means they get to live far happier and more successful lives. Let this be the case for you to. Take good care and a very Happy New Year to you. A year that brings all that you need and more.

* Now, there’s a need to understand that what takes my energy might give you energy; and what gives me energy might just drain your energy, so this exercise is unique to each and every one of us.

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