Three keys to a better year

What do you want out of this year? What do you need to focus on to accomplish that? You need three things.
Three keys and padlock on yellow background

If you have always, 100% of the time, accomplished everything you ever wanted in your life, please stop reading. However, if you are like 99.9% of the population who have been frustrated with what you have (or haven’t) accomplished, keep reading. This will help you have a better year.  

This is the time of year when people are deeply involved in figuring out how to make this new year better than last year. This could be because last year was bad, and they don’t want this year to be another bad year. Or, it could be because last year was good, and they want this year to be even better. 

If we dissect this, there are only three things that summarize what people really want. Those can be captured in three words:

  1. More
  2. Better
  3. Different

When you work on what you want for this year compared with last year, there are things you want more of, other things you want to do or be better, and others you want to be different. 

Most people get the WHAT behind this – that they want more, better, different. Where they struggle is HOW to actually do this. Often, they continue to ramble around and wish, hope, and pray it works out. This causes most people to have the same thoughts, issues, challenges, and frustrations year after year (after year). As a result, they never really get much closer to the things they really want. 

To avoid the same frustration over and over – you need to have three things in your life. These sound very simple. However, they are not always easy to come up with. You need to have each of the following in order.

1. Focus

This is all about the super specific things you should be focused on each day, week, and month. It allows you to make the best decisions on where to invest your time, energy, and money to move toward the things you really and truly want. 

2. Direction

Once you have focus, you can point in a direction. Think of putting a specific address into a GPS. The more specific the address, the faster and easier the program can give you a route. Direction allows us to ensure we are on the right path and pointed the right way as we move through our days, weeks, and months. 

3. Speed

After you have focus and direction established, you can figure out how fast, or slow, you need to move. If you want to accomplish things in a certain time frame, pacing yourself and ensuring you know when to start is crucial. This minimizes, or eliminates, the running out of time (or not having time) excuse.

Again, these three things seem simple. However, they are not always easy. If you do the work to establish these three things, it will significantly increase your chances of getting those more, better, and different things you want from this year. 

Let me ask – how much more, better, or different do you want out of this year than last year? What do you need to focus on to accomplish that? What direction do you need to head or point to get there? And what speed do you need to travel to make sure this works for you? If you don’t know or don’t like the answers – find a Business Growth Consultant who can help.

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About Mike Crandall

Mike Crandall lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. He is a Consultant, Coach, Trainer, Speaker, and Author focused on the Subconscious Psychology of Human Interaction and Motivation. His firm specializes in Sales, Management, and Leadership Development for Proactive Business Growth. Mike is based in Oklahoma and serves Visionary Clients across the United States. He can be reached at Mike.Crandall@Sandler.com or at (405) 844-1700.