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Glenford Smith | New you for the New Year

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Glenford Smith

Happy New Year!

The New Year comes with a freshness and newness that makes it pregnant with possibilities. And with it comes new, unprecedented opportunities you can exploit for your benefit, as well as unforeseen challenges for which you have to prepare.

This time that we imbue with meaning can yield great returns if we let it. We can embrace this new period with the following four new attitudes, to create a new you, for the New Year:


Make An Agreement



With Reality


Reality is truth. It is the solid ground upon which your decisions and actions are supposed to be based.

Let us say your friend tells you that next week Thursday at 3 p.m., you will be repaid the $20,000 loan he got from you. You make arrangements with your landlady to pay in full Thursday at 5 p.m. On Thursday at 2 p.m., you dial your friend's number. The phone is off.

You are left to figure it out by yourself. Next time, you know that this friend cannot be trusted to lend him money that you will need.

Look in every area of your life where your decisions are to be based on truth.


Take Responsibility


Make it a habit not to give excuses or to blame anyone, regardless of what happens to you in life. Take ownership of your life. You are not always to be blamed, but you are always accountable. It is always up to you what you do.

Let's say you're to reach work at 8 a.m. and you make an arrangement with your coworker to pick you up, because your vehicle is down. You need to get in and finish a very important report for your boss.

She didn't mention that she was dropping off someone else. In the meantime, you're tempted to take a taxi, but the road is packed up.

The self-responsible worker is able to call the boss, explain the situation. She also makes a note to ask the coworker if she is going to carry anyone in the future.


Enjoy Each Day


Every day, get up with thanksgiving on your lips. There is always something uplifting to focus on and be grateful for. Keep away from the people who will always find something to gripe about.

An unknown author reminds us: "Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; but today is cash."


Practice Daily Discipline


The road to success is on the pathway of discipline. Discipline requires sacrifice. It requires you to get beyond emotions to do what you set out to do.

To practice daily discipline requires that you have daily 'things to do' and that you do them no matter what. In other words, you have to develop daily habits.

For instance, the daily discipline of exercise. You have a set time to get up, get in your clothes and sneakers, and out the door. All before you start to check your social media and email messages.

Another daily habit to form is to read. Let nothing interfere with your reading time.

- 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'.