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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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The real challenge is accepting that you have to keep on giving your best even when things aren’t perfect. Misguided perfectionism can prevent you from stepping out and going for what you want. Perfectionism can also rob you of the enjoyment of experiences. Distinguishing what does and doesn’t require perfection is the hallmark of successful skin care professionals.

7. Surround yourself with as many successful mentors as possible

Inept coaches don’t fail to help you; they help you to fail. Look around for others whose work you admire, and model yourself after them instead.

Get out of the rut of your own habits. Take advice from people with a proven positive track record. Accepting the leadership of others does not make you less capable of achieving your goals; it actually boosts your abilities. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and when you get good advice, don’t be too proud to follow it.

8. Regenerate your passion for work

Do you remember why you wanted to be in the skin care industry? There aren’t many jobs that offer easy hours and easy money, so that probably wasn’t it. It was probably the love you had for skin care and spa. Tap back into the frame of mind you had when you were just starting. Ask yourself: “What can I do to become passionate about work again?”

You’ll know passion when you’ve found it because you’ll feel amazingly engaged and energetic. Desire will become energy, and you’ll have plenty of it to create your new life—your real life.

9. Take care of yourself first