Plan for 2013
I’m in reflection mode as I review the past 12 months, record what I learned in my journal and set precise and clear goals + plans for 2013.
I wanted to share 50 of my best lessons learned (or reinforced) from 2012. So here you go:
Plan for 2013
- Hard work is a force multiplier.
- Don’t participate in recessions.
- Exercising for 20 minutes first thing in the morning is a game-changer.
- If you’re not innovating daily, you’re on the path to obsolescence.
- If you want an A-Level company, you can’t afford to hire B-Level players.
- Procrastination is an escape mechanism for people scared to do their best work.
- Give your customers 10X the value they expect and they’ll tell everyone they know about you.
- Don’t do it if you’re not having fun.
- If you’re not scared a lot you’re not growing very much.
- Invest the time to create great social media content and your base will go global + viral.
- There’s never been a better time to be a social entrepreneur.
- It’s never been easier to be of service to a large amount of people (and few things are as rewarding).
- When no one else believes in your vision, you absolutely must stay true to your vision. (Have the guts to stay in the game far longer than makes any sense).
- The quickest way to build a superb business is to quickly develop the leadership potential of every teammate.
- A job is only a job if you choose to see your work as a job. All work is a noble sport. (The reality is all work is a chance to express your genius–and to inspire the world).
- People are craving transparency+authenticity and community. Give it to them.
- Creativity comes in seasons. There’s a time to harvest your ideas. And there’s a time to let the field sit fallow. (I’ve been working on integrating this lesson for years).
- Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax (When you relax, your brain shifts into alpha state–the time when million-dollar ideas present themselves).
- Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. (And without change, there is no progress).
- Someone’s going to win in your space. Why not you?
- 10X the size of your dreams because if you don’t, you’ll wish you did.
- Pursue excellence versus chasing perfection.
- Celebrate small wins and you’ll unleash a huge amount of momentum and positive energy.
- Learn for an hour a day, no matter what. That’s not a waste of work time. It’s a brilliant use of your work time because you’re paid to know more than anyone who has ever done your job.
- Why go for good at what you do when you can stand for iconic?
- Transform your fitness and you’ll transform your business.
- Delete victim speak from your languaging. No more “I can’t” and “It’s not possible” and “It’s so hard.” More “I will” and “This is awesome” and “What’s the opportunity here?”
- If you inspire one person each day, you’re day hasn’t been a waste. It’s been a blessing.
- Living in the past is disrespecting your future.
- Build an amazing career but enjoy your lifestyle along the way. What’s the point of becoming a business legend but a failed human being.
- Look people in the eyes when you talk to them. Smile at people when you see them. Say “please” to respect them. And “thank you” to appreciate them.
- Don’t be on time–Be early.
- The person who tries to do everything achieves nothing. Focus. Focus. Focus.
- Spend the first 90 minutes of your work day on real work versus fake work. (Another game-changing tactic that served me so very well in 2012).
- Spend time in silence each day. You’ll never do Jay-Z level work if you’re overstimulated by technology.
- Goal-setting is mission-critical. (Review your Big 5, quarterly goals and daily goals constantly).
- Your daily behavior broadcasts your truest beliefs.
- To have the results only 5% of businesspeople have, have the guts to do what only 5% of businesspeople are willing to do.
- World-class begins when you think you’ve done a great job but know you can do a better job.
- Remember that your greatest gift is so much stronger than your deepest fear.
- Everyone’s in Human Resources. And we are all paid to develop the talents of the people we work with.
- Mediocrity is a mindset. Avoid the mental viruses of negative people.
- Be the most honest person you know. It generally takes 30 years to build a fantastic reputation. And 30 seconds to lose it by a single silly move.
- Become a lion–not a sheep.
- People are always willing to pay for the best.
- The more devoted you become to serving others, the more your career begins to build itself.
- Problems come to test your commitment to your goals, hopes and dreams.
- As you become more successful, get more hungry.
- Join Traffic University. Use every possible moment in the car to upgrade your skills, polish your gifts and elevate your mindset.
- Use your life to make the world a better place.
I hope these 50 ideas have helped you. And I so hope I’ve been of service to you in your business and personal life this year. I enthusiastically wish you and those closest to you an even better year ahead. Let’s make it wow.