Welcome to a series of articles where I focus on this year being a year of success. To begin our journey of success we have started by looking back on last year, 2022, and identifying what we have learned and what we can build on into 2023. This process is called reflection.
Reflection provides us with information to assist with our forward planning.
The next stage in the planning process is to prepare ourselves, mentally and physically; make sure our team is fit for the journey ahead and update the products and services we intend to offer next year.
Following on from his ‘success is no accident’ quote, Pele went on to say that“It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing that leads to success.”
As I get near the end of this series of articles aimed at helping to make 2023 a successful year, I want to share some thoughts on success from others.
Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motors said that if everyone is moving forward together then success takes care of itself. Teamwork is a crucial component of a successful life or business. ‘Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success’. Review the teams you are part of – these might be at work or home or in the community or on the sports field. Do they have clear goals that will benefit all members? Are they effective and fun to be involved with? What can you do to help them get stronger? Are they based on trust and respect? Always remember that two heads are better than one and you will achieve a successful outcome quicker by working with others.
Many people have commented that if you love what you are doing, you will be successful. It is not too late to review the year ahead. Are you looking forward to what might happen, and do you have the energy and commitment that will be needed? If you are not sure then maybe it is time to talk with someone you trust. Success is about being yourself, having faith in yourself and expressing yourself. You cannot copy someone else’s personality!
Remember that theprice of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether you win or lose, you have applied the best of yourselves to the task at hand. Not all of us will have achieved what we want by the end of 2023 but, hopefully, we will all have the satisfaction of knowing that we tried our best and that we have learned a great deal that will benefit us in 2024!
Success in 2023 is only going to be possible through a commitment to excellence – to always being the best you can be. This is hard work so make sure you have the right people around you; plan your time; set small achievable goals and celebrate as you go along. Is 2023 is going to be the best year ever? If not, then what are you going to do all year!
Now is the time to make significant changes in your lives — at home, in the community and in business or the workplace. No-one can make 2023 successful for you. You have to do this yourselves and you must start now by believing that you can. Your self-belief will be infectious and encourage others around you to support you and to want to share in your success.
Before you know where you are you will have an awesome team all committed to success and to achieving the same goals! Setbacks and failures are much easier to deal with when surrounded by supportive people. Many people have written about failure being part of success, not the opposite. Just because you fail once, does not mean that you are going to fail all the time. It is important to learn from your failures. What went wrong; why did it not work; what must I do differently next time? Be careful not to blame others for your failures. If you do, you will never learn.
“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?” — Marilyn Monroe
Remember, learning doesn’t happen when things are easy. It happens when things get tough and you have to find a way through challenges.
Next week is the last article in this series and I will review everything we need to do in order to ensure success in 2023.
Please contact me with your own stories and experiences and, above all, over the year ahead have fun and enjoy the journey!
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