Written by Cynthia McIntosh
Success With McIntosh
Highway 2 Success
As the year comes to a close I, like most people, find myself looking at this past year and being grateful that I made some good decisions, and also wishing I had done some things differently. Like everyone else, I have perfect 20/20 hindsight vision.
2014, I will admit, was a challenging year. I dealt with some serious health issues, had to move several times (and we all know how stressful moving is!), had to give up the radio show that I loved so much due to the health issues (and yes, I WILL be back soon!), and had several real hoops to jump through. But sometimes life does that to us. I can say as I look back at it that I see some great lessons that came out of it, I was able to help some people in ways that I never could have otherwise, and as always there was a reason for things happening as they did.
However, it’s also a fact that while we can’t do a thing about the days behind us, I shared a link to an article yesterday that gave some very simple, basic, but positive steps that I can take in 2015 in order to be more successful. It’s interesting how some of the hardest habits to form are actually some of the most basic. For example, for me one of the things I need to work on is getting more rest. I’m a workaholic. I love to work. I feel guilty if I’m not “accomplishing something”. So I have a difficult time setting aside time to rest, and to have “me time”.
One of the nice things about the new year is that it gives us all a feeling of being handed a clean slate. It’s a “start over moment”. It’s another chance to do better. I for one am so thankful for the things in life that let me feel like I am being offered a new beginning. I think they’re exciting. It gives me a chance to sit down and make my goals and plans for the next season…to create new dreams.
My biggest resolution for 2015 is to start taking more “me time”, because I know it will make me more productive and focused. It’s been proven over and over that we need rest and down time in order to really reach our potential. I realized in the last few weeks how little time I have where I am not working on something, trying to figure something out, or trying to solve a problem for myself or someone else. I realized how little time I spend just reading a good book, or going for a walk with my dog. So I’ve made myself a promise to start making time to myself more of a priority and to retrain myself into accepting non-productive time as okay.
On the flip side of that coin, I also spent some time really going through what I want to accomplish with my business, setting some goals, and writing out the steps I need to take to accomplish those goals. It’s always good to write things out so that you can revisit them during the year. Personally, it helps me stay focused, and it keeps my dreams alive.
How does your 2014 look to you as you look back at it? What are you most excited about for 2015? What is the biggest change you want to make for next year?