New Year’s resolutions serve an important purpose. After all, you can’t write a resolution without reflecting on the past. Thus, New Year’s resolutions should be thought of as a good excuse to put the year you’ve just had into perspective and to explicitly declare what you want for the future.
However, those could be tricky. When they are too specific or too unachievable, we inevitably abandon them.
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Here are some common resolutions that may actually be applicable to all entrepreneurs. Please note that this isn’t a list of goals.
1. Stop listening to haters.
In our lives, there are individuals who hold us back and who do not have our best interests at heart. Unfortunately, sometimes these individuals are our oldest friends or even our family members. It’s important to recognize when we just need to tune someone out. Make an effort not to engage. Break old patterns. Don’t confide in anyone who isn’t on your team.
2. Embrace a ‘garbage in, garbage out’ mentality.
Try to eliminate the negative thoughts and information that enter your brain and prevent you from moving forward as quickly as possible, including the news.
3. Eat food that can fuel your body and brain.
To be a superstar entrepreneur, you need to have energy. Drinking a lot of coffee shouldn’t be a point of pride. Start each day by drinking warm water with lemon squeezed into it. (For sure you have read the research.)
4. Get regular medical checkups.
Preventative medicine is the key to health. If you want to continue growing your business, be committed to staying on top of your health.
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5. Keep up with the news.
Staying current is a must for entrepreneurs. You need to know what’s going on in the world to make smart, forward-thinking decisions for your business as well as for the growth of your social network.
6. Be more physically active.
Walk, bike, or run--do something. You will have more energy if you do.
7. Be patient.
Being quick to judge may only bring about more problems to your professional and/or personal life. Make it a point to get all the facts before forming an opinion in 2015.
8. Have empathy for others.
How much better would the world be if people had more empathy?
9. Give more of your time.
How about offering insights and advices to budding entrepreneurs? The person you help will be eternally grateful and you’ll feel great for doing so.
What are your New Year’s resolutions?
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