The new year is a time of inspiration and new beginnings. Here are some proven methods to make 2017 your best year ever — these are the tenets I share with my clients to help them knock it out of the park every month.

1. Decide to be successful.
That’s the first step — most people are afraid of success, not failure. They feel that their lives will change drastically and become unmanageable. They want to stay in control, live the same small life, and worry about money all the time. If you face and conquer your fear of success (and failure) daily, you will see your career and life grow exponentially.

2. Leave the pity party.
Stop feeling sorry for yourself and guilty about what you haven’t done. It’s a new year — take advantage of the freshness of January and work with a clean slate. Too often, we tend to live in a self-imposed pity party where we replay all of our faults, our mistakes, and the bad situations on a loop in our heads. It’s time to stop and move forward — don’t be that guest who never leaves the party.

3. Make it your duty.
This is YOUR life and it’s YOUR responsibility to make things better every day. It’s YOUR duty to find ways to stay on track and focus on what will make you, your career, and your business better in 2017. Stop blaming or waiting for other people to do it for you. Stop being a baby — no excuses, make it happen.

4. Hang around better tennis players.
To get better, you need to hang around people who play the game better than you do. Why? First, they will inspire you to push yourself to new heights — to run faster, jump higher, and perform at a higher level. In addition, better players will teach you better, faster and smarter ways to do things — to streamline your actions for better performance.

5. Work hard. Work smart.
I can’t say this enough. No one (and I repeat, no one) ever got to where they are by goofing off. By taking their time, moving at a snail’s pace, or relaxing during work hours. Every successful person has put in blood, sweat, and tears to get where they are — they work and play hard to get to the levels you only dream about. If you’re not putting in at least 40 hours each week, you’re never going to get where you want to be.

6. Develop cash-flow opportunities & additional income channels.
How can you make more money for the same amount of work? How can you capitalize on your performance and add additional value to what you deliver? Step back and think about what you do every day and see how you can increase it, package it, and disseminate it to get more bang for your buck. What other services or products can you deliver?

I know these six tenets will help you make 2017 your best year ever! If you need an accountability partner in the process, call me – 203-500-2421.