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At the beginning of this year, I published an article on positioning yourself for a successful year, and as the year is fast moving forward, I felt it sensible to remind you about the points mentioned in that lovely article.

To make something out of the rest of this year, and to make sure that by the end of the year, you won’t be biting your nails, and be counting your pains instead of your gains, follow me, as I briefly talk about the following points.

1. Review the Past 6 Months: You can’t tell where you’re heading to, if you don’t know where you’re coming from. You must be able to assess your journey so far, so that you can strategize for the one ahead. Unequivocally speaking, review the past six months and account for it – accounting makes you take responsibility for the successes and failures, or for your indifference. Indifference, because some people stand with arms akimbo, unwilling to do anything. Indifference is the worst killer of any year, especially for those who sit in comfort zones. Most nine to five employees are indifferent to setting personal goals except clamouring for promotions at work. Your honest assessment of the previous six months will set the ball rolling for the rest of the year.

2. Ask Questions on How to Improve on Where You Failed: There are different ways and who to ask questions – you must combine a number of ways and who – don’t follow one routine, or you may fail again. The most successful people on earth are those who know how to ask questions. Don’t be too proud to say you don’t know what you don’t know – put your ego aside and learn from those that are better than you. If someone is getting the results you aren’t getting, and he’s willing to instruct and direct you, do yourself some good by listening to the person.

3. Push the Boundaries Where You Succeeded: If a man scores 90% in a project – that is excellent, but how about the 10% left? Scoring an A does not mean there isn’t more work to be done, so get up and push the boundaries. For the rest of the year, I will push the boundaries, and I expect you to do the same.

4. Set New Goals: If you don’t set new goals, you’re positioning yourself for failure. And if you set new goals without pursuing them, you are equally positioning yourself for failure. What’s the point setting goals without the determined mind to achieve them? Starting now, you must make up your mind to put some things you want to achieve by December on paper, if you haven’t already done it. Setting new goals does not really mean putting some mega projects on paper, but splitting your expectations into bits and pieces so that they would be easy to accomplish. You can dream of owning the world, but never set goals of owning the world because that is impossible.

5. Don’t Set New Goals: This appears like a contradiction, but it’s not. If you have written goals in the previous six months that you haven’t worked on, there isn’t a point setting new goals – work on the previous ones, but only simply update them like digital apps. Go into your archives and dig out the plan you had in the past and start working on them now – dust that sheet of to-do list, review it, revamp it, update it, and move on.

6. Analyse the Big Boys: Before launching my blog, I reviewed the 100 Best Blogs in the world – based on their concepts, I designed my strategy of content creation. And for over three years, I have created quality content (articles, videos and audios), but what I haven’t done until now, is look into their secrets of climbing high on search engines and monetisation. This year, I set that as my number one goal, amongst other major goals. To succeed in your endeavour, you must look into what successful people are doing. In terms of content creation, I am excellent, but in ranking and monetisation, I was rubbish, but I was fed up with being rubbish and so decided to do something about it.

7. Take Your Chance: Believe me, everyone’s chance does come, but many don’t realise when it does. Most chances come in subtlety, and if your eyes aren’t large and illuminated, you will miss it. When your chance comes, please be wise to identify it and take it.

8. Learn to lobby: I have been absolutely ignorant about lobbying, or maybe, arrogant about it. It just dawned on me that nothing goes for nothing – there’s always a meeting point between success and the ability to spin your way through it. All mega publishing companies lobby for their yearly released titles to be nominated for international writer’s awards. All renowned recording companies lobby for their artists to be nominated in top rated musical awards. Same goes for film production companies. If these big guns lobby, why can’t I lobby, in my little way to make little breaks until I make it into bigger ones? This is one of my top priorities for the rest of the year. What are your priorities? Let me know. Maybe we can rub minds and come up with something outstandingly successful!


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Ken is a leadership Motivation, Strategy and Personal Development Writer, Blogger and Speaker. He writes for a number of magazines and blogs. He is also a mentor and published author of several books.

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