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Be Even More Brilliant in 2013

November/December 2013


Be Even More Brilliant in 2013
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"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

Owning your brilliance is knowing and trusting your uniqueness and letting it shine in everything you do.  Are you ready to be even more brilliant in 2013? Here are 5 things you can do to prepare yourself for the year ahead.

1.  Get clear on your destination. Specifically get crystal clear on your why.  Why do you do what you do in both your professional and personal life?   Your why is the stake in the ground that keeps you steady.  It allows clear decisions and makes the best use your time, talents, and resources.

When challenges come up and things change quickly, which is part of everyday life, it’s easy to fall into a reactive mode.  Instead, take a moment to evaluate the best responses, and make choices that fit the situation.

2.  Stay focused on your goals. Make a list of all the goals you want to accomplish.   Identify the strategies you will take to reach these goals.  REMOVE  all of the actions that do not fit.  Life is filled with opportunity and distraction. Focus only on the goals that link directly to your destination.  Then answer these questions without hesitation.  

What are my priorities?
What are the three things I need to accomplish this week, this month, this quarter?
How will I know I have been successful?

3.  Cross check you goals. Start by asking yourself what are the key attitudes, beliefs, and core values that I will be living by?  What skills, abilities, knowledge, and tools I need to reach my destination?  What are the key operational and financial metrics you have in place to benchmark the progress you are making?

4.  Shoot for the stars! Stop saying if and start saying when!It is not about IF you get there, it is WHEN you get there. Use success visioning to further guide you.  This involves asking a series of future, active, and past tense questions to imagine your success in the future as if it has already happened.  When we convince our brain that we already have achieved success, it does not know that we have not.  So it focuses on the destination rather than what is in the way.
Ask  yourself questions like:

It is December 2013, what goals am I thrilled that I have achieved?
What does my business and life look like now?
What were the biggest challenges I overcame to achieve this destination?
What skills did learn?
What did I have to let go of?
What did I have to say yes to?

5.  Play to your brilliance. Dare to take risks.  Look for opportunities that push you out of your comfort zone.  Evaluate the risks you are willing to take in terms of upside and downside given your business. Get comfortable with a certain amount of failure.  Make it safe to fail, fail fast, and learn from your failures.  Challenge the status quo by developing your new ways of looking at your customers, your market, and your industry.  You and your business must constantly evolve, and what worked today will not continue to make you successful tomorrow.

If you are not playing to your brilliance, you are playing second best.

Where do you want to be in 2013?