With only a couple of days left in the year, Q4 is definitely a time to evaluate, reflect and plan for the first quarter of the new year.
If you were successful in 2016, it most likely didn't happen on accident. You were intentional about your success this past year.
1. You Accepted That You're Not Perfect
I am a confessed perfectionist. I'll admit it and raise my hand up high. Simple. Everything has to be perfect.
When things do not go the way as I planned, frustration tends to build up.
"Where Perfectionism exists, shame is always lurking." -Brene Brown
This past year, I accepted that I am not perfect. No one is for that matter. And I am okay with that.
The quicker you stop trying to do everything perfectly, you'll start embracing new challenges and facing fear straight on.
2. You Stopped Comparing Yourself
You stopped playing the comparison game.
It's easier said than done, I know.
"Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world... if you do so, you are insulting yourself." -Bill Gates
When you see everyone else winning and your competition thriving, it's extremely difficult to not get into a slump.
If you saw success this past year, you told the negative committee in your head to be quiet. You are enough.
3. You Became Laser Focused On One Thing
Many entrepreneurs have the misconception that doing multiple things at once is the way to go.
"Find your one thing and do that one thing better than anyone else." -Jason Goldberg
If you were successful this year, you gave your blood, sweat and tears to one major task and delegated the rest.
4. You Set Boundaries
One of the biggest factors that sets the successful apart, is that they know how to say "No."
Many will give priority to movie nights, concerts or time with friends.
"You must be willing to do the things today others don't in order to have the things tomorrow others won't have." -Les Brown
There is power in turning these things down for a period in your life, so you can enjoy them at a different level later.
5. You Monitored Your Energy Well
Energy. Energy. Energy.
Successful people know how to monitor their energy and how to boost it!
"The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results."-Anthony Robbins
I am guilty of skipping a meal and being up late at night to meet certain deadlines.
If you were successful in 2016, you realized that you must nurture and take care of your body before you burn out.
6. You Expanded Your Library
Business Insider reports that close to 90% of the wealthy read for at least 30 minutes a day. Forbes also reported that nearly a third of American adults didn't read one complete book in an entire year.
"Successful people have libraries. The rest have big screen TVs." -Jim Rohn
If you were successful in 2016, you're looking forward to the different books you will read in the upcoming year to further your growth.
7. You Became People Oriented
In 2016, you may have realized that in order to build trust, you must put other people's interests first.
"Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interests first." - The Go-Giver
When you genuinely become interested in adding value to your clients,you'll go from a sales approach to a giving approach.
8. You Were Consistent
The only way to build momentum is through consistency.
In 2016, you most likely made it your mission to complete daily actions that brought you closer to your goal.
"The accomplishment of any goal is the progressive accumulation, or compound effect, of small steps taken consistently over time. -Darren Hardy
Your daily efforts have compounded to your success this year.
9. You Worked Even When You Didn't Feel Like It
In 2016, there were probably many times that you did not want to get back up. There were probably times where you did not want to keep going. There were probably times where you didn't feel like missing out on another family event. There were probably times where you just wanted to stay in bed.
"I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one." -Bill Gates
This year, you most likely developed emotional intelligence and did the work anyways.
10. You Started Waking Up Early
Many successful people make it a habit to wake up early. Right around 6 am, successful people are already awake ready to take on the day.
"Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you." -Mark Cuban
In 2016, you realized that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, but it's what you make of those 24 hours that separates you from the rest.
11. You Limit Checking Emails and Social Media
Constantly checking your emails or your personal social media pages throughout the day can be draining and distracting.
In 2016, you limited checking your emails to about twice a day.
"Distractions destroy Action. If it is not moving you towards your purpose, leave it alone." -Jermaine Riley
For social media, you've personally decided that it takes away too much time from important tasks you have to accomplish.
Check in to your personal pages periodically.
12. Your Started Speaking To Yourself
When you begin speaking life into yourself, you take a huge weight off of your shoulders.
Many call these affirmations, Tony Robbins takes it a step further and calls them incantations.
"Negative things you tell yourself are inCANTations, turn them into inCANtations. -Anthony Robbins
When you tell yourself you can, your mind works in many ways to help you achieve your goals.
13. Accept The Grind, Accept Your Journey
Instead of moping and complaining about how difficult your journey is, embrace it.
In 2016, you realized that timing is everything.
"I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it." -Mila Bron
You've given yourself the grace to grow knowing that if you're consistent, everything will fall into place at the right time.
14. You Realized You're Going To Make An Impact
No matter what field you are in, successful people know that their business makes a difference.
In 2016, you found a higher purpose than just making more money and being your own boss.
"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." -Warren Buffett
If you were successful this year, you realized that you're paving the way for others.
15. You Became A Great Listener
Building trust with clients can be difficult.
"If you want to be a good conversationalist, be a good listener. To be interesting, be interested." -Dale Carnegie
In 2016, you made it a point to listen to others wants, needs and desires.
16. You Rewarded Yourself
This year,you found ways to motivate yourself towards small goals.
Entrepreneurs work extremely hard and are extremely laser focused that they forget to treat themselves here and there.
"Don't wait until you've reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal." -Anonymous
Re-energize your spirits through incentives.
That's our take on it. How do you determine if you've had a succesful year in business or your personal life?