Five Proven Success Strategies for 2012

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By Linda L. Hardenstein

There are lots of ways to set yourself up for success this year. Here are five proven strategies for moving you forward in 2012:

Create your vision board. This tool helps you identify what you want, concentrate on it throughout the year and imagine that you already have it in your life. It’s a great way to get clear on what you want and to keep affirming it throughout the year. I use the Vision in Progress box to create my vision board.

Write out your SMART goals. These goals state what you want to accomplish and how you’ll pull them off. They need to be framed so they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

You can pick a word or theme to name this year. Some people select three words that represent the qualities they’d like to experience for the year. For example, my three words might be: Happy, Healthy and Wise. My goal becomes defining what it means to be happy, healthy and wise and determining how I’ll bring these qualities into my life.

To create a successful mindset you may want to ask and answer the following questions: “What did I do well last year?” “What do I want to do differently?” “How will I make it happen?”

Business owners and individual clients who work with me create customized Success Maps™ that focus on a specific step-by-step approach to getting things done. Included are some accountability measures so you accomplish what you set out to do. This is another important factor to include in any strategy you choose to help you be more successful — build in some accountability to keep you motivated and on track! Just one week into January 25% of resolutions are forgotten — don’t let your resolutions fail!

There are many strategies for creating your path to success in 2012. The most important thing is to take some time, think about what you want, and to get busy creating it!

What is your approach to creating success in the new year? Are you a resolutions fan, a goals fan, do you use a theme or vision board? I’d love to hear from you!