Happy New Year peeps!!! It’s that time of year when we reflect on the past 365 days and set goals for the year ahead. As we look back on 2015, it is important to think about the positive experiences as well as the challenges faced and develop ways to become a better version of ourselves moving forward.
2015 was a year of professional and personal growth. I learned a lot about my personality type (driven), how others perceive me (She cray!) and areas where I can improve (patience). I realized the importance of self-confidence and knowing your worth in relationships as well as in the workplace. In addition, I witnessed resilience as people overcame unimaginable tragedies (#RoanokeStrong).
Here’s a look back at some of my memories from 2015:
Earned a promotion at work. I say “earned” because I worked hard to gain the trust of my managers. I also feel as though I DESERVED the position. Yes, it’s important to stay hungry and humble but don’t sell yourself short. Get dem dollaz!
Took on leadership roles at work and in the community. I joined Junior League and other civic organizations as well as volunteered more and served as a mentor to others. Helping others and making a positive difference in your community is a fulfilling experience. Zig Ziglar once said “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough people get what they want”. Servants Succeed.
Ran two of my fastest marathon times to date – 3:36ish at the DC Rock & Roll in March and 3:39ish at Baltimore Running Festival in October. Marathon training takes discipline and commitment. Whether its running, Crossfit, Zumba or other exercise routines, find people who are willing to workout with you, encourage you and help you raise the bar on who you are.
2016 is the year to take life to the next level. My goals include being a better coworker and community member whose actions inspire others. I also want to be a better friend who listens intently instead of just telling people to “man up” (that’s unless it’s truly time for you to man up). In 2016 I promise to laugh more, love deeper and cry harder than in years past. I look forward to a year filled with more successes than setbacks. Each experience will become an opportunity to learn and grow into a more successful person.
Brie’s Tips for Achieving Your Goals for 2016.(Remember B.O.S.S)
Do these things in 2016 and you will live like a BOSS boo!
Be accountable for your own success – No excuses! Take responsibility for your actions. Do what you say you are going to do and do it with precision.
Obsess over ways to achieve your goals – When it comes to your goals, it’s okay to obsess. Talk about your goals with others, seek advice and learn as much as you can about your goal. In order to achieve something great, you must have this burning desire to succeed.
Set small goals – Take baby steps toward a bigger goal. For instance, if you want to run a marathon start off with a 5k than move up to a half-marathon than go for the whole 26.2. Setting and achieving smaller goals can help you become better prepared for the end goal.
Surround yourself with the right people – This is soooo important. Keep positive people around. This includes those who support your goals, people who are smarter than you and people who will call you out (Hey friend, do better). When you are chasing a dream there is no time for haters and energy drainers. Read more about Time Vampires and Soul Suckers.
Other sources to help you be successful:
Article about success: http://www.businessinsider.com/8-traits-the-worlds-most-successful-people-share-2015-7
Audio of Earl Nighingale’s “The Strangest Secret” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GakfEmYBukQ
Book to read: “See You at The Top” by Zig Ziglar