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Posted: February 01, 2010

Four decisive steps to get you back in the game

There are ways to make sure that 2010 is a great year

Theresa M. Szczurek

Do you recall Frank Sinatra's hit song, "That's Life?" Think of his lyrics, ‘pick myself up and get back in the race.' This youtube video has good advice for all of us (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qh_TKJTPsQ)

Many people would say they are happy that 2009 is behind them, that last year was a challenging time. How can you ensure 2010 is much better than 2009?

Believe and Act. You must believe that it is possible and then take positive actions to make it happen. Every year, I select a theme to focus my efforts. I don't recall ever choosing the same theme twice, until this year. "Believe and Act" remains as the theme because this is exactly what is needed to get back in the race. What is your theme this year?

Regenerate. Recall from my research and book, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose, that Passionate Pursuers are like sunflowers; thus there is a large bright yellow flower on the book's cover. Successful people have the nine traits that align with each letter of the word SUNFLOWER. R stands for "regenerative." They don't let things keep them down - they rebound. A regenerative nature allows Passionate Pursuers to revive, renew, and product again despite adversity, setbacks, and obstacles. Resilience is a common trait of the extremely wealthy; check out my article "How to Think Like a Billionaire" at http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/how-to-think-like-a-billionaire/.

Practical Pointers. Here's what to do to get back in the race and position you and your company for the big win:

1. Assess what worked and what did not work last year. What progress did you make?
2. Decide to revise your attitude. You must believe that everything is possible. Believe, believe, believe that you can pick yourself up and get on top.
3. Revise your personal and corporate Strategic Plan. What is your vision for the future - where do you want to go? What actions will get you to where you want to go? Go back to the basics, yet get creative.
4. Act. Then do what you need to do. Get help and don't try to do it all alone.

It's never too late. Schedule a strategic planning session. Contact me today and let's explore how to get you back into the race.

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Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Radish Systems, is a serial technology entrepreneur. The story of her last start-up, which sold for more than $40 million in less than six years, is included, along with her strategies for success, in the Amazon-bestseller Pursuit of Passionate Purpose: Success Strategies for a Rewarding Personal and Business Life. www.RadishSystems.com, www.radishsprouts.typepad.com and @TheresaSzczurek on twitter.

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