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HAPPY NEW YEAR: Tips for a productive 2009!

As my family and I watched the Times Square ball drop and the final countdown kissing 2008 goodbye commence last night, I promised myself that 2009 will be an abundant year filled with excitement, opportunity, celebration, laughter, community, personal victories and immense gratitude. We toasted the new year with exhortations to see good, do good, be good and of course, to remember that even in a dismal downturn economy, much can be achieved.
My recommended tips or game plan for a phenomenally productive 2009 will include the following:
Maintain a spirit of optimism; remember you are in charge of your attitude and a positive attitude will help you far more than one filled with negativity and doubt.
Keep your resolutions simple and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely). Sheets of paper with loads of bombastic goals will derail your good intentions fast. Keep the list short and sweet and then add new goals as you accomplish the items on your list.
Be consistent with your plan to exercise, read, serve your community or do more of whatever else is on your list. Hold yourself accountable for decisions you make and the actions you take to bring positive change in your life.
Manage your ups and downs by taking time to de-stress your life. Take a walk around your neighborhood, catch a movie with friends/family, call an old friend who always made you laugh, go dancing or take a yoga class and clear your mind of the clutter.
Learn something new and open your heart and mind to new experiences. You can learn a new skill, a foreign language, a board or video game, a tasty dish to prepare, an interesting area/country to visit or even a new improved look for you. The point is to break out of the monotony and increase your realm of opportunity for NEW possibilities.
Share your largesse by giving back to others in your community. What do you do well? Share your skills and good fortune with those in need and you will already be on your way to making a difference in 2009.
If your business has suffered in the last year, look for new ways to revitalize your bottom line. Have you considered emerging markets or new market areas you can serve best? Re-evaluate your marketing efforts and look at ways to create a marketing message that is in sync with the needs of our times.
Make sincere, self-assessment a close companion this year. For invariably, what we resist persists; so take the time to look honestly at the areas in your life that need attention and take care to resolve any pressing personal matters.
After all, we cannot be fully present in our exchanges with others if our private world is falling apart. Being present and positive isn’t about glossing over reality, it is about facing your fears/problems with a CAN-Do spirit and making necessary, inevitable changes. I trust we can all take responsibility for our lives and just take ACTION… go DO IT!
This is only Day One and you have many more days/opportunities for success. Here’s to an awesome 2009…
NOW get UP!

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Goz permalink
    04/01/2009 3:50 am

    Very nicely put!

  2. Goz permalink
    04/01/2009 3:52 am

    Very well put!

    • eof737 permalink*
      05/01/2009 1:12 am

      Glad to hear from you… 😉

  3. Forrest Beigh permalink
    21/01/2009 6:09 am

    I work in the recruiting department of KraftMaid Cabinetry and recently viewed your Linkedin profile. We are currently searching for a Director of Sales Training to place at our Corporate Headquarters near Cleveland, Ohio.
    The individual we seek will have product knowledge, sales skills, design proficiency and a working knowledge of 10/10 design software. We are looking for someone to provide our sales training group with a packaged plan/strategy. This role is critical to bolstering and maintaining our brand. The ideal candidate will have experience with this role within the building industry.
    Please feel free to visit our parent company’s site, (masco)com , to obtain a better understanding of our corporate culture.
    Best Regards,
    Forrest Beigh

  4. Graham Swarbrick permalink
    22/03/2009 12:17 am

    Thanks for your kind comments on my website.They have been added.


    • eof737 permalink*
      04/04/2009 6:37 pm

      Thanks Graham… a pleasure to reconnect with you here!

  5. eof737 permalink*
    04/04/2009 6:37 pm

    What are you attempting to do here? I am curious. 😉

  6. 09/04/2009 8:13 pm

    Excellent presentation.

    • eof737 permalink*
      09/04/2009 10:09 pm

      Thank you Michael… would love the opportunity to return the favor!

  7. 26/11/2012 4:03 am

    I am gradually working my way through your blog and this post has just made me realise that I have a long way to go to get up to date 🙂
    Oh! A belated Happy New Year 2009 !! Ralph x


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