Hello there 2013!
Aren’t you all shiny and beautiful.
Uncluttered, unmarked, filled with the potential for hope and enthusiasm.
This is why we love resolutions… and babies. They represent new beginnings, a change from the old. Unfortunately, we’re not wired that way. Once we’ve learned something, it’s difficult to unlearn, particularly when it involves intermittent reinforcement or aversion of punishment.
From the time we are toddling around the coffee table, we’re scolded and told “No!” a hundred times more often than we’re told, “Go!” We’re raised on negative “might happens” rather than “positive possibilities.” By the time we find ourselves in the work world, we’ve learned that it’s far easier to keep our head low and our arms inside the vehicle at all times.
The economy the last few years has left more than a few of us shell shocked. Dare we hope for more?
Now is the time for hope to be resuscitated by innovation and initiation.
Seth Godin’s book, Poke The Box, is a great place to turn for inspiration. Here are 5 of Seth’s quotes to help you create your success this year:
1. “Human nature is to need a map. If you’re brave enough to draw one, people will follow.”
What can you do that will separate you from your competition? It can be as simple as offering the best customer service to bettering your product offering. Consider the competitor maps currently in existence and then create your own off-road experience to wow your clientele.
2. “You can’t grow by becoming even more predictable and ordinary.”
Reliability is important, but stretching will keep your customers coming back for more. This is especially important in today’s technologically advancing world. Put yourself out onto the cusp of technology and you’ll easily stand out from the rest of your competitors.
3. “Initiative is scarce. Hence valuable.”
Be proactive rather than reactive. Not only does planning help you to see what is coming, it allows you to be ready for the bumps along the way. Don’t settle for the status quo, what can you do differently when planning for this year?
4. “The person who fails the most usually wins.”
Some plans may not work as you initially anticipate – but remember – you thought it was a good idea for a reason. Perhaps you just need to approach it from another angle. Lack of success is not a failure, it’s an opportunity to hone your technique.
5. “Keep starting until you finish.”
Isn’t this what the New Year is all about? It’s another chance to start again… now go out there and take it!
Happy New Year!