With the first few weeks of 2016 behind us, many are looking ahead and wondering what the year will hold for them. And if you are like most folks, you’re hoping 2016 will be a great success.
What most people don’t understand is that success is a product of intentional thinking. It’s rarely a coincidence.
So let me share three things you can do to be more intentional, and hopefully, more successful in 2016.
- Focus — One of the greatest inhibitors to success is distraction. In our highly charged digital age where we are constantly bombarded with new ideas of every kind, focus is more valuable than ever. Yes, there are a lot of tactical considerations and new ideas to think about every day, but do you have a clear idea of where you are headed… your destination… how you are going to measure success at the end of the year… so you will know what to focus on? If not, take time to land on the 1 or 2 things that will define success for you this year and keep them front and center all year long. Notice I said 1 or 2 things. Not 3 or 4 or 10. By keeping it to 1 or 2 things, you’ll be more inclined to stay focused and increase your odds of success.
- Fundamentals — Sigh. I would be a very rich man if I had $10 for every time I’ve had someone want to throw aside the fundamentals of good leadership, communication and marketing, or execution. Too many folks look at the execution of the fundamentals as old thinking… a bit of a bore… and clearly not creative. Yet the consistent and effective execution of the fundamentals is what makes a winner in any industry. True fundamentals are rooted in timeless principles that lead to success. So this year, go back and do a refresh on the fundamentals of your industry, your area of responsibility or what makes for a great leader. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.
- Failure — Failure is one of the greatest roads to success. And you can be certain that you will fail at something in 2016. So even early in the year, you can already be assured that there will be great opportunities for you to learn valuable lessons that will help you become more successful. Because, when properly embraced, failure becomes a great mentor. It provides you depth, insight, endurance, strength, and wisdom… qualities that are a vital part of long-term success. But when you fail at something and become defensive—unwilling to allow failure to be your teacher—you short-circuit the role failure plays in your life and as a result, you’ll always limit the level of your success. So when (not if) you fail, embrace it. Learn from it. And thank God for it, for through it you will be better equipped to succeed.
By: Rick Dunham