I was inspired by this article in the recent Priority Management e-newsletter, and thought you might be too.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year!
Your performance this year, to have any meaning at all, must not be vague New Year goals or good intentions. Rather it must be actions and good practices. Priority Management has now trained over 2 million professionals around the world and here are some of our observations. I hope they help you shape a terrific 2014!
- People are a resource, not just a cost.
- Everything takes more time than expected, so trim the time wasters from your schedule. Ask of all your activities; “what would happen if I were starting from scratch — would I still be doing this?”
- Maintain a constant focus on ‘contribution’ — to family, friends and your organization.
- Your focus should be on performance and the first requirement is that you set high performance standards for all your objectives in and out of the office. This is true both for you as an individual and for your work team.
- Your goals must be centered on opportunities rather than on problems. People often expend too much precious energy on negative goals. You will be more motivated to pursue something new and exciting rather than fixing something you perceive to be wrong. That you will accomplish very little without energy.
- Put your health and physical well being to the top of your agenda. Get enough sleep and exercise to make you feel ‘well and enthusiastic’.
- Make your goals an expression of your values and beliefs.
- Try not to ‘think your way into a new way of acting’-rather ‘act your way into a new way of thinking’. We tend to think that ideas always come first, which lead to new behaviors. As a rule, theory seldom precedes practice.
Start immediately and you’ll see your performance and happiness soar. I wish you and your families a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Daniel Stamp, email@example.com 
NOTE: You can see more at: http://www.prioritymanagement.com/newsletter/2014_01/intentions-0114.php#sthash.G50KQchI.dpuf