successful year

As we emerge from a year of Covid, we need to go farther than just getting back to normal. This is a great opportunity for all of us to step up our game to exceed all past experience.


With the dramatic changes, challenges, fears, and uncertainties we have experienced in 2020, it’s no wonder that many of us are asking ourselves what we should be doing while looking for more order and certainty in an uncertain world.

Creating goals brings the opportunity for change. For many of us, goal setting is a chance to think of what we can do better. Often these goals are the same ones that we made before or the ones we only stick to for a few weeks.

If it’s ever been a struggle to create what you want most in life, consider that your goals and the strategy to achieve them may not serve you best. Let’s explore the first of 17 commitments you can make to help you achieve what matters most to you today and how you can make it part of your lifestyle every day.

1. Quit tolerating

To attract new and better opportunities and results, first clear out the proverbial, physical, and mental clutter that’s clogging up your life to create space for the things you want most in your life.

Otherwise known as tolerations, make a list of what you’re tolerating today. That is, the things you’re putting up with that drag you down, limit productivity, cause stress, and waste time, money, peace of mind, and energy. Then determine what needs to happen to eliminate these tolerances.

If you no longer accept being dragged down by unwanted events, problems, or other people’s behavior, you’ll stop wasting time managing situations that shouldn’t be in your life in the first place.

2. Play YOUR game

The best game to play is the one where you make up your own rules. If you’re encountering resistance in reaching some goals, chances are it’s either something you really don’t want to be doing, an old goal that may not serve you or you’re operating from someone else’s agenda!

Take the time to discover what you truly want by aligning your goals with your core values, personal vision, and the priorities in your life rather than the “shoulds.”

3. Create a living daily routine

Busy with tasks that consume you? Feel like you’re fighting the clock? Design a weekly routine that complements your goals so you can focus on the activities that support your objectives and create the lifestyle you want today. This includes planning for the unplanned as well.

Develop a healthier relationship with time by underpromising on personal and professional deadlines so that time becomes your ally instead of your adversary.

You may feel that blocking time out for every specific and measurable activity you engage in throughout the day sounds rigid and inflexible. Counterintuitively, by focusing each moment of your time on the activities that honor your core values, and goals, you actually have more flexibility and time to do the things that matter most to you, while avoiding the things that aren’t aligned with your goals and the priorities you don’t want to compromise.

4. Identify your superpower

2021 taught us anything is possible. So, what’s going to be your superpower that will help you rise up in the face of adversity, break through all challenges and roadblocks, and help you achieve your precious goals?

I’m not referring to being able to fly or time-travel, but what is the gift you have, that may be underutilized or laying dormant, that you can let out, refine, expand and express so that it becomes your catalyst to your success this year? It’s this superpower that’s going to be the fuel that keeps your momentum going.

5. Make fun

Let’s face it; this isn’t our practice life! Are you doing the things that bring you the most joy? Find time every day that’s yours. Shift your binoculars around to magnify your achievements rather than what you didn’t do. Focus on the things, activities, people, results, and daily miracles that bring you joy, and be intentional around honoring them daily. Otherwise, when’s the big payoff?

6. Deepen your learning

Here are two competing universal laws. We attract what we need to learn. However, we also resist what we need to learn the most! If similar problems keep reappearing, you’re probably missing or resisting the lesson.

To accelerate success, learn from every experience and person in order to grow and move onto a new and better path. What if you embraced that everyone around you is your teacher, to teach you something, possibly about yourself that you need to learn?

7. Expand and write down your personal life’s vision

What does your ideal life look like? The fact is, we never grow past what we feel is possible. Let go of your current perceptions that are inhibiting your ability to explore greater possibilities and achieve more.

Clarify what success looks like in every area of your life (career, relationships, health, environment, spirituality, finances, family, etc.). It’s a lot easier to create what you want most when you know exactly what you’re looking for, since what you focus on grows. Besides, your life is your canvas; what masterpiece do you want to create?

8. Transcend your beliefs

The Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. says, “Freedom is not free.” This holds true for our thoughts as well. Old limiting beliefs often keep us, prisoner, preventing us from creating greater successes.

Your outlook determines your outcome. So if you believe, “The past is responsible for the quality of my life today,” “Success requires sacrifice,” or “This is as good as it gets,” consider challenging these assumptions and replacing them with healthier ones that would better serve you. Upgrade and direct your beliefs without them controlling you.

9. Do complete work

You don’t have to achieve every goal at once. Instead of stopping and starting something, pick one thing you want to change, create, or finish and commit to seeing it through to completion. Then move on to the next project. Otherwise, consider that you may be an adrenaline junkie and love the rush associated when working on overdrive.

To prevent sporadic results and a pile of unfinished projects, get off the adrenaline train and start creating the momentum that produces consistent long-lasting results.

10. Focus On the Present

Although goal setting is productive, during our quest to achieve more we often lose sight of what is occurring today, preventing us from enjoying the hidden gifts or treasures that are already present in our lives. Keep focused on what is occurring now as opposed to what happened yesterday or what will be in the future. Live for today while planning for tomorrow.

Next time, seven more ways to make 2021 Your Most Successful Sales Year Yet.