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.

New Year Resolutions – Staying On Track For A New You

So how are you getting on with your New Year resolutions and all it is you wanted to achieve this year? Good I hope – did you get your goals for the year ahead written down – only three per cent of people have written goals and only one per cent review these written goals daily. While it will take time, dedication and commitment, it is possible to be in the one per cent. So get your goals written down – the goals it was you wanted to achieve as you set out to live 2017 to the best of your ability. For when you get your goals written down they will become a set of actions that will have to be done and, if completed successfully, the life you want to be living will become a reality.

For without clear goals, ambition or firm direction, the tendency will be to spend too much time doing small, easy tasks, leaving insufficient time and energy for the larger, more difficult and perhaps more important projects. Remember, when you set your goals and get them written down, you build up your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals and begin to develop the traits and personality that will allow you to achieve them. Knowing what you want to achieve makes it clear what to concentrate on and improve on, and often you then subconsciously priorities that goal. Your goals will also motivate you in the short term and focus your attention on achieving what you have set out to do.

Self-leaders learn to differentiate between what is important and what is absolutely crucial. This is what you must do, too, with your goals: identify what is crucial and not just what is important. This means prioritising your goals and what it is you must get done so as to achieve the life you want to be living. Every success as you either start a fresh or carry on doing all that’s right in your life to make it one of true and real success.

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