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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.

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It’s time to let go of time-sucking distractions. The more superficial activities you engage in, the more superficial your life and accomplishments will be. So the next time you have a break at work, instead of checking your e-mail, Facebook or texts, use the time to take a step toward achieving one of your goals.

2. Don’t say “yes” by default

It’s a hard lesson to learn, but in order to be successful, you have to understand that by saying “no” to some things, you will have the time and energy to say “yes” to the right things. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and pulled in every direction, you won’t be able to lead yourself, much less anyone else.

Stop committing your energy to every person or situation that demands it. Set your own expectations of what you want to accomplish. Don’t let your career or life take a backseat to everyone else’s. Yes, you have responsibilities to others; but, you’ve also got a responsibility to yourself.

3. Do something big every day

You eat a whale the same way you eat an apple—one bite at a time. Those skin care professionals who are successful understand that to accomplish any project, you can’t expect to do it all at once.

This is often why New Year’s resolutions don’t work out. You say, “I am going to lose 20 pounds,” and then you implement a new exercise regimen; and after two days of no weight loss, you get discouraged. You aren’t going to achieve your goals overnight; you have to work at it every day. Commit to doing something big every day toward that project or goal, and you’ll reach it. Keep working out regularly and, slowly but surely, you’ll see the results. Find something you can improve and start improving it—one bite, one step, one day at a time.

4. Stop hanging with the biggest losers