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9 Strategies to Make 2012 Your Best Year Ever

By: Vickie Milazzo
Posted: January 30, 2012, from the February 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

As 2012 begins, for many skin care professionals, it feels like just another mile-marker in an endurance race going nowhere. Depressing, but true. Many skin care professionals trudge through the week fretting about money. Passion and fulfillment? Nope—just sheer survival. And the worst part is, many have meekly accepted that this is how it has to be right now.

Buck up! You can do a lot more than barely get by—and 2012 can be the year you actually start living your life again.

You can truly change the way you think about things, breaking old habits, putting some real boundaries in place and tapping into your determination. Take responsibility for your own happiness. It is possible to create a life that excites and energizes you, but first you have to make a conscious choice to step out of your old, unfulfilling one. And it’s a choice you have to make over and over again; if you don’t, your old patterns will suck you back in.

Following are nine strategies that can help you cultivate a new, resourceful mindset for this year and beyond.

1. Break the feel-good addiction

Remember, where you focus is where you will yield results. And because most people like to feel good, they gravitate toward what’s easy instead of what’s productive. Many waste time surfing the Internet, watching TV and hanging out on Facebook.