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Top suggestions for a different 2011

Top Suggestions to create a different 2011

2010 is just about over, a good time to ask yourself, did you accomplish all that you wanted this year? For many of us, the answer is “no”. So what can you do to make 2011 different? Here are my top suggestions to create a different 2011:

1) Stop waiting for the one right idea to come along. There is no one right idea. Any idea that causes forward progress, is better than doing nothing. And chances are this idea, if not the right one, will lead eventually to the right one, which you never would have found if you hadn’t started the forward motion.

2) Try saying yes to anything that forces you to learn something new as compared to saying no because you don’t know how to do it. This idea comes from Shevaun Voisin our keynote at this year’s "Imagine…Then Do It" event. If you just say yes, chances are very good you will figure out what to do, thereby creating a whole new set of skills. Shevaun described to us becoming a promoter of a world class boxer. Not only did she not know how to be a promoter, she didn’t even know much about boxing. But she said yes, figured it out and it took her to where she is today.

3) Try saying no to doing the exact same things. If you are going to say yes to new things, you have to say no to the old. Think of something that you have you being doing for the last five years where you aren’t really learning any new skills. Perhaps it’s volunteering at the school library or playing in a tennis league. It’s time to cut the old to make way for the new. And yes, I know that’s hard as there is comfort in sameness and you may disappoint some people, but surprise yourself and let it go.

4) Ask yourself: "what would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?" Sometimes, the only thing holding us back is the fear of failure. So dream a little, if you knew for sure that you could do it, what would you do? Then, put a plan in place that will help you to address the fear of failure. Perhaps it’s getting a coach who can be a sounding board and who can help you to reach your goals. Or perhaps you need to take incremental steps, increasing your comfort level along the way. I asked myself this question at the end of 2009 and the answer was to create an inspirational women’s event. I had never done anything like this, but I wrote down every step that needed to happen to make it successful, from finding corporate sponsors, to hiring the speakers, to planning the flowers for the tables and then we just took it step by step until the event became a successful reality as "Imagine…Then Do It" last month.

5) Stop blaming others. We all know someone who expects others to make it happen for them. If that someone is you, recognize that it is not up to others to create your success…no one can do it but you. So the next time you find yourself thinking “I could be successful if only they had done this or that,” catch the thought and change it to “I can be successful if I do this or that”.

If you follow these suggestions 2011, will be a year of change.

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