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For many people, the start of the New Year reminds them of the saying, “If You Do What You’ve Been Doing, You’ll Get What You’ve Been Getting”. To make 2014 better than 2013, it’s time to change your thoughts to change your world and realize that “Average is Over” and going forward, you need to become REMARKABLE to achieve great success.

In the past 12 months, the Internet has radically changed the way we do business, how we connect to others and most importantly the critical requirement for all of us to develop our own Personal Brand. Consider these New Year’s Resolutions to maximize your potential and truly become REMARKABLE in your area of expertise.

1.     Expand Your Professional Network – relationships and referrals are still the #1 factor in your being successful. Take time to acquaint yourself with NEW people who are aligned with your goals.

2.     Learn A New Job Skill – take time to expand on what you know to include a NEW skill that is in demand and marketable.
Set aside time to refresh your continuing education so you feel “brand new” again.

3.     Quantify Your Accomplishments – remember the saying, “You Can’t Manage It if You Can’t Measure It”. Set up a spreadsheet to track personal development metrics to measure your success in reaching your goals.

4.     Find a Mentor – the research is conclusive; get a mentor who can offer you qualified feedback and help you stay on track and you can DOUBLE your productivity.

5.   Brand Yourself As Someone Who Can Help a Company Make Money, Save Money, or Solve a Problem. Companies are not in the business of hiring people. They are in the business of making money. They use their money for increased automation, improved technology, leaner manufacturing and streamlining processes.

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   Create Your Own Self Marketing SystemTo land your dream job you must be both FINDABLE and RELEVANT. With a well-designed “self-marketing plan”, you can have potential employers and or customers calling you! In the “old” job market, the adage used to be, “It is not what you know but who you know.” In today’s new job market, It’s who knows you, can you be found AND is what you are offering marketable and in demand.  Become an industry expert or the “go-to” person in your professional circle. Join organizations within your professional specialty and become an active participant in LinkedIn groups.

7.   Stop Setting Goals (seriously) and Start Making Habits– It is the small things that occur on a regular basis, that truly define who you are. Commit to a PROCESS of improvement, not just a goal. When you focus more on the practice instead of just the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time. It frees you from the need for immediate results. Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term but having a SYSTEM is what matters.  What’s the difference between goals and systems?

  •   If you’re a coach, your goal is to win a championship.
    Your system is what your team does at practice each day
  • If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book.
    Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.
  • If you’re an entrepreneur, your goal is to build a million dollar business.
    Your system is your sales and marketing process

8.   Life is Like A Cafeteria– A man came to America from Europe and went into a cafeteria to get something to eat. He sat down at an empty table and waited for someone to take his order.  Nobody did. Finally, a woman with a tray full of food sat down next to him and told him how a cafeteria worked. “Start out at that end,” she said. “Just go along the line and pick out what you want. At the other end they’ll tell you how much you have to pay”. He soon learned that that’s how most things work in the world. Life’s a lot like a cafeteria. You can get anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price, but you’ll never get it if you wait for someone to bring it to you. You have to get up and get it yourself.

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