Five Tips to Limit Your Success in 2012

Motivational speaker Shawn Anderson shares a tongue-and-cheek message offering five ways to guarantee that the new year will look exactly like the old one.
Dec. 20, 2011 - PRLog -- With 2012 approaching, many are beginning to whisper "good riddance" to 2011.  For those whose past year can be counted in the "Yuck!" category, motivational speaker Shawn Anderson has a tongue-and-cheek message offering five ways to guarantee that the new year will look exactly like the old one. "The best way to guarantee limited success in 2012 is to do more of what you are currently doing," says Anderson, a best-selling author on maximizing potential.

Five tips to guarantee limited success in 2012:

1. Set less than spectacular goals.
Set your sights low. Who needs goals...right?

An alternative option: Be bold! Create a wish list for what you want different in your life. Albert Einstein shared, “Imagination is everything. It is a preview to life's coming attractions.” If your imagination is dull for what you want out of can you truly live a life that you'll love?

2. Be afraid of taking risks.
Want more of the same limited success this year? Then don’t jump. Don't risk anything. Just keep walking the exact same status quo road.

An alternative option: Jump! Ray Bradbury wrote: “Sometimes you've got to jump off cliffs and grow wings on the way down.” Sure there are no guarantees, but if you don't take risks, how is anything great ever going to happen for you?

3. Watch a lot of TV.
Want to be sure to stay stuck? Flip the TV on! Undoubtedly, there will be a ton of mind-draining shows on that will absolutely allow you to waste your time.

An alternative option: Kick it into gear! Take one baby-step forward on one of your goals every day. Maximize time, and remember that when you put yourself into motion and take action, you initiate the possibility of putting into motion something great.

4. Act like a victim.
It's gotta' be somebody's fault you aren’t where you want to be...right? Go ahead and blame your boss for not paying you enough. Blame your spouse for you being unmotivated. Blame your parents for how you were raised. Blame the government for not having a program to help you. The reason you are stuck in life must be because of one of them!

An alternative option: Move forward! Quit blaming others for your "bad luck.” Instead, take responsibility and improve your life from the inside out. Start a daily self-improvement program: 1) exercise, 2) read motivational books, and 3) join an empowering organization. We become what we do and what we think.

5. Give up.
You're too old...too broke....too everything to start over now, so don't even try. Just quit. And point fingers. And watch TV.

An alternative option: Make your life count. As long as your heart is beating, you can still go for it! You can still make a difference. You can still influence others. You can still create adventure and success for yourself. It is all about choosing to make your like count until the end.

Anderson, who led the charge in encouraging 228 U.S. mayors in all 50 states to declare November 1, 2011, as Extra Mile Day, shares that the biggest obstacle in creating more of what we want in 2012 is ourselves. "If we don't change our attitude, our plan and our actions...neither will our success change."

For more from Anderson, visit If you're interested in living a more positive, passionate and purposeful life, order the best-seller Amicus 101: A Story About the Pursuit of Purpose and Overcoming Life's Chaos.

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Shawn Anderson is a best-selling author, national speaker and motivational corporate trainer. His "go the extra mile" philosophy and ability to produce winning results have been praised by national political leaders, Olympic Gold Medal and world record holders, and media outlets across the country.

In addition to being a five-time author, he is the Founder of the Extra Mile America Foundation, a non-profit organization empowering people. Through the Foundation, Shawn led the charge in encouraging 228 U.S. mayors in all 50 states to declare November 1, 2011, as Extra Mile Day...a day to acknowledge the capacity we each have to create positive change in our families, organizations and world.

With a mission of "empowering 1,000,000 people to lead a more passionate and purposeful existence," Shawn could be the perfect speaking or training voice for your next event.

For more information, visit or contact Shawn at

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