Dare to dream. Happy New Year.

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
– Abraham Lincoln

How do you feel now that 2008 is here? Relieved that 2007 is over and 2008 will bring in new hope for better things to come in your life? Why not? We all hope that things will get better. No doubt there is a minority of people who are happy with the status quo. If you are one of them then there is nothing wrong with it as long as you are happy and people around you are happy.

Are you planning to make any changes in your life in the New Year? If yes, then here are some suggestions to consider for a successful outcome.

Making changes in your personal life can be a tough process. No change is possible unless you have a desire to change. And change does not come without perseverance and hard work.

You should be able to visualize the change bringing in significant benefit to you compared to paying the price of where you are. Is this change going to make you a better person? A healthier person? A person you wish to be? If yes, then establish your new goal. Is this goal reasonable and achievable? If yes, then do some research and home work to find out what you need to do to achieve your goal. Can you do it on your own or do you need somebody to guide you and help you?

Take a pen and a paper and write down your thoughts. Talk to your family, friends and colleagues. Somebody must have some experience in what you are trying to achieve. You will get some good practical tips for success. In the end you will have to achieve your goal yourself. You are a unique individual. You have your own power to achieve your goal.

Will you succeed?

To succeed, one has to be motivated. If there are setbacks then you have to continue to strive and learn. We know that failures occur due to lack of effort rather than lack of ability. Studies have shown that most persistent students do not ruminate about their own failure but treat setbacks as problems to be solved. Studies have shown that success is directly related to the effort you put in. If you have a fixed-mindset then you will have difficulty facing and solving a problem. If you have a growth mind-set then you will see a problem as a challenge to be taken care of.

Do you know which mind-set you belong to? If you have a fixed mind-set then you will have to change your attitude if you want to succeed. If you have a growth mind-set then you should see success if you continue to strive.

Dare to dream. The New Year is here. I wish you all a happy New Year and may all your dreams come true.

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