Folks, it’s that time of the year again when we have that little voice inside our head either congratulating us for the awesome accomplishment or commiserating because we did not achieve what we were supposed to accomplish.

Is this year the year that makes the difference? Is this the year where you boast to your grandkids in 50 years time about how you made things happen? Or are you going to let 365 opportunities go by and squander time that you cannot recoup?

Dear readers, I will not give you my “coach-talk” nor will I even attempt to drop some wisdom and inspire you to take action. All I can say is follow these three things for the whole year, and reflect on the result this time next year.

People come up to me and say “becoming successful is hard work. I interrupt them and reply that “to become successful you need to work hard”. Hard on yourself (in a good way) invest time on the things you want to improve on, invest money in your self-education be it through books, seminars or coaching.

These three things are:

  1. We need to take responsibility for our own lives;
  2. We need to stop blaming others; and
  3. Take advantage of the opportunity that lies ahead.

The best place to start is to get an empty notebook, carry this book with you wherever you go. Use this book to jot down ideas, goals, and anything that you may have learned that day. I urge you to write first thing in the morning and just before going to sleep, write down your goals, values, ideas, and tasks. This form of journaling or jotting down one’s thoughts on paper is not new, but it is effective. You can look back a few months/years later and compare how far you have gone and see your accomplishments.

Some of you aren’t too keen on journaling, the successful people that I admire and look up to have some form of journaling their thoughts either on a hardbound moleskin notebook or typed on a computer similar to what Doogie Howser used to do at the end of the show.

To the person reading this article, my vision for you is more success whatever that looks like to you. May you gain the energy to chase after your dreams, clarity and focus to know what to chase, as well as patience and humility. Remember to chase your dream for you not for anyone else, not for your next-door neighbour or relative that you want to impress so they get jealous. Do not do that. You do it for yourself and gain some internal inspiration to help you push past the tough time.

Thank you for your continued support of the Philippine Times and striving for greatness.

Have an awesome 2018.

Until next time, STAY FOCUSED!

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