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New Year, old you? Reinvent yourself for a remarkable 2015

Published:Wednesday | January 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM

For most people, the new year promises a fresh start. It's the perfect opportunity to make new resolutions or renew old ones.

Sceptics, however, are quick to deride the practice of making New Year's resolutions, pointing out they don't work.

Buying into this belief, many people skip the new year's resolution party. However, a few 'idealists' have set new resolutions for 2015, including this writer. This column is to help you move beyond resolution to reality; from aspiration to actualisation of the intentions you've set.

The first thing to realise is that creating an exceptional year starts, not merely with new goals and plans. More importantly, it starts with a decision to release the old you. Unless you make a conscious decision to change yourself, you'll keep recreating the same results you're used to.

Nobel prize-winning physicist, Albert Einstein, noted that the problems we face in life cannot be solved with the same level of thinking we were practicing at the time we encountered them.

In other words, to improve your external results you have to improve your inner self. Having a remarkable 2015 requires reinventing yourself. Career and life change is always an inside-out job. Here's how the process actually works in real life.

Your 2014 career results were a direct reflection of what you believed was possible for you. Believing you can't get a job; that your business can't improve; or that you're stuck in a dead-end job, sets the boundaries on your achievements in these areas. The size of your belief determines the scope of your achievements in life.

Adopt beliefs such as: If others can find a job, so can I; if I don't give up and I keep trying different things, one will work; if I learn better marketing practices, I can grow my business.


One major reason people don't achieve their resolutions is that, consciously, they desire better outcomes, but deep down, don't believe they're possible for them. Subconsciously, they believe they either don't deserve what they desire, or that they're incapable of making it happen.

I once read a book called "The Lazy Man's Way to Riches". It turned out that, apart from the work involved in reading the book and doing the exercises in it, you also had to work hard at applying the concepts.

Laziness is disinclination to effort. Lazy people only do what's quick, easy and fun. However, having a remarkable career and life takes hard work. People who make resolutions without simultaneously making the commitment to do the necessary work, always fail. So, do the work.

No matter how hard you work, or how motivated and driven you are, your New Year's resolutions will remain wishes, if you lack the correct strategy. Lacking correct strategy is like speeding West from Kingston hoping to catch sunrise in Morant Bay.

Achieving your desired career goals in 2015, requires doing the right things, in the right order, at the right time. Learn from people who've already achieved what you desire to achieve.

n Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and success strategist. He is the author of From Problems to Power and co-author of Profile of Excellence. Email