Tips to help you have a successful 2014
Blogger: Rachel Kent
I loved Mary’s post from yesterday about how important attitude is for success. It’s always so hard to start back to work after a vacation without any grumbling, but Mary’s blog really helped me to see how exciting new beginnings can be, and I hope it was inspiring to you, too!
I’d like to expand on what Mary wrote by adding a few more tips that I think can help us all as we start work in 2014. The beginning of January is a good time to make positive changes, and I believe keeping these tips in mind will help us to make the most of this upcoming year.
1) It’s okay to take risks.
Staying in a comfortable groove isn’t good for us. It doesn’t help us to grow and there’s no potential for upward change. I believe God wants us to prayerfully consider what we can do to step out of our comfort zones to take our work for Him to the next level.
My new house is near a church, and I drive by their sign each day. The current motivational message is “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I rolled my eyes when I first read this (I’m not big on these types of signs), but the truth of it has started to sink in. If we don’t take the risky shot, we aren’t going to progress any further. We might as well be sitting on the sidelines, and that’s a boring, yet safe, place to be. I’m going to hazard a guess that all of us want to be part of the “big game,” even if risks are involved, so I’d like to encourage each of you to reach for something big. Go ahead and take a risk. I know God will be there with you as you step out in faith.
2) It’s okay to fail.
I know for me a lot of the reason I don’t want to take risks is because of my fear of failure. I want everything I do to be successful so I tend to hang back where it’s safe. I don’t think this is the way we should live. We should see failure as a stepping stone to success. It means we tried something and found out that the way we tried it didn’t work. We can then change our approach and try again. We learn things through our failures that we can apply to help us move toward success. It’s never fun to fail, but if a fear of failure is holding you back, you need to try hard to get beyond that.
3) It’s okay to ask for help.
You are only one person. I am only one person. And sometimes it takes more than one person to succeed in these risky moves.
Maybe you need more time. Ask someone to help you with the tasks that are taking up your time. I’m sure even if someone helped you with something once every two weeks it would enable you to progress further on what you are trying to accomplish than if you keep trying to do everything yourself.
Maybe you need prayer. Asking for prayer isn’t a sign of weakness, and we all could use more of it!
Maybe you need accountability. If you are struggling to move forward with your risks it might be time to ask someone to keep you accountable. Critique groups/partners can do this. Your agent would likely help you with this.
Many times we get overwhelmed and forget that we have support from the body of Christ. We just need to ask for the help. And asking for that help is NOT a sign of failure. It’s a sign that you are pursuing your risky goals diligently and that you are determined to succeed.
I hope these three points help you as you move forward with your positive attitude in 2014! I am wishing you all the best! God’s blessings to you as you step out in faith and take risks.