1). Write or revise your personal mission statement. The New Year is the perfect time to revisit where you want to go and how you want to arrive. As you review your personal mission statement, you should be able to see your progress and perhaps change it. If you don't have a personal mission statement, the New Year is just the time to write one!
2). Silence negative voices and opinions. Negative thought and opinions do matter. They can destroy hope, silence inspiration, and create road blocks to progress. It's your job to silence those voices so you can move forward. Limit your time around negative people. If someone brings you down then you must find a way to silence their influence.
3). Write a list of your ten top goals for the year. This is critical! You will waste so much time and energy if you don't make this list and keep them in front of you. Goals become reality to those who keep those goals in the forefront. So write them down and review them daily!
4). Do something good for someone every day. One of the most joyful facets of life is being able to do something good for others. Even negative coworkers have a need to "be blessed" and have something positive happen to them. Why not let that come from you! Remember..what you give out, will return to you, so do good!
5). Start something new. The New Year is the perfect time to begin something new. What is that one project you've put off because it never seemed like the right time? Now may be time to pick it up and finally start it. Look for something you know you will enjoy. Even when challenges arise, remember that something new also brings new joys!
6). Change your language. Many of us don't realize that we thwart our progress by using negative language. Language shapes thoughts. Thoughts shape action. Actions determine destiny. Watch what you say. Listen to your thoughts and then silence them if they are negative. Start speaking positively even about what appears to be negative situations. You will see change, but only if you watch your language!
7). Learn the art of gratitude. There are few thing more powerful than gratitude. When a person is thankful, it changes the atmosphere and brings more positive things into their circle. So, take a look at new ways to say thank you and watch your life change!
8). Start moving! If you haven't already started, exercise! It is the best way to guard against negative stress. It also helps you sleep better and gives you an energy boost. Start slowly. Instead of walking three miles, try starting with one. Moderation is the key to success. Set goals and then gradually build. Your only opponent is you. Start a plan for movement and if you are consistent, you will see fabulous results!
9). Weed out. Clean out. It's time for old things and projects that aren't working to go. That includes old clothing, old furniture, and odds and ends that take up space. That also includes old relationships. If they are not working, it's time for them to go! Nothing new can arrive until it has a reserved space. So make space and watch newness arrive!
10). Treasure your friends. If you have good friends, let them know how much you appreciate them. Send cards and give little gifts. Take them to lunch or call more often than in the past. Find creative ways to show them that you care in the coming year.
About the Ten Tips Author: Dr. Gail M. Hayes is an executive leadership coach, international speaker and the author of several books including One Minute Success Secrets for Women and The Power of a Woman Who Leads--Harvest House Publishing Company. She is the CEO of The Handle Your Business Girl Empowerment Zone.
Ten Tips for the Working Woman in the New Year © 2012-Gail M. Hayes--www.handleyourbusinessgirl.com. These tips may be republished with permission by the author.