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How To Have Your Best Year Ever

How To Have Your Best Year Ever

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There’s a little trick I learned about how to have your best year ever:

Commit to Your Best Year Ever

That’s it.

And, it actually works.

When you decide to have your best year ever, and you make it a mission, you find a way to make it happen.

You embrace the challenges and the changes that come you way. 

You make better choices throughout the year, in a way that moves you towards your best year ever.

A while back, our team, did exactly that.   We decided we wanted to make the coming year our best year ever.  We wanted a year we could look back on, and know that we gave it our best shot.  We wanted a year that mattered.  And we were willing to work for it.

And, it worked like a champ.

In fast, most of us go our best reviews at Microsoft.  Ever.

It’s not like it’s magic.  It works because it sets the stage.  It sets the stage for great expectations.  And, when you expect more, from yourself, or from the world, you start to look for and leverage more opportunities to make that come true.

It also helps you role with the punches.   You find ways to turnaround negative situations into more positive ones.  You find ways to take setbacks as learning opportunities to experience your greatest growth.  You look for ways to turn ordinary events into extraordinary adventures.

And when you get knocked down.  You try again.  Because you’re on a mission.

When you make it a mission to have your best year ever, you stretch yourself a little more.  You try new things.  You take old things to new heights.

But there’s a very important distinction here.   You have to own the decision. 

It has to be your choice.   YOU have to choose it so that you internalize it, and actually believe it, so that you actually act on it.

Otherwise, it’s just a neat idea, but you won’t live it.

And if you don’t live it, it won’t happen.

But, as soon as you decide that no matter what, this will be YOUR best year ever, you unleash your most resourceful self.

If you’ve forgotten what it’s like to go for the epic win, then watch this TED talk and my notes:

Go For the Epic Win

Best wishes for your best year.

Ever.

  • Making this my best year ever is a great idea !

    Also, "Go For the Epic Win" video is thought provoking and very well presented.

  • @ Dragan -- It's a great year to go for it.

    The world is changing fast, and there are so many ways to share your unique gifts with the world in a Web-scale way.

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