We have made it almost to the end of 2002 and the clock is rapidly ticking in the new year. Whether we had a good year or not, most of us hope that the new year will be better. Maybe 2023 is the year you receive the promotion you have been eyeing. Or, you achieve your weight loss goal. Or, you meet Mr. or Ms. Right.
One of the best ways to succeed in the new year is to set your expectations on success. Following are three tips to help you do just that:
- Think success. You may have heard the saying, where the mind goes, the man follows. This holds true for what you hope to achieve. So, instead of thinking you would be passed over for that promotion yet again, think that you have the qualifications and therefore you stand as good a chance as anyone to get that promotion. Invest in your professional development. Focus on your strengths. Learn as much as you can about the new position so when the opportunity comes along, you will be prepared to take advantage of it.
- Speak success. Say it out loud — I am the new (name it) for my company. I now weigh (your ideal weight) and I feel and look great. I am meeting the man (or woman) of my dreams. Share your expectations with others who are supportive, not those who will discourage you or make you feel like a failure. Whenever you are tempted to say something negative, turn it around into a positive statement.
- Act success. Your expectations should lead you to act with confidence. When you say I am the new (name it) for my company, you should say it like you mean it. This does not mean you must brag or boast, but your quiet confidence should shine through your speech and actions. Join groups and associations where you are likely to meet the right people.
When you change your expectations and begin to think, speak, and act for success, something amazing happens. You appear more confident, people begin to take notice and soon you will find success in whatever area you’ve been hoping for is coming your way. But it takes practice, determination, and belief in yourself.
I cannot end this New Year message without interjecting a word about faith. Everything I’ve said above is dependent on faith — in God and His will for your life. He is the One who makes everything possible, but He expects you to do your part as well. So, think, speak, and act success, but place your expectations on Him.
Happy New Year!
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