Training Today: 2012 Resolutions

How to have a wickedly successful 2012.

Want to have a wickedly successful 2012? Vickie Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, owner of Vickie Milazzo Institute and author of The New York Times bestseller, “Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman” (Wiley, 2011,, has some ideas about where to start:

  1. Break the feel-good addiction. Remember, where you focus is where you’ll yield results. And because we like to feel good, we gravitate toward what’s easy instead of what’s productive.
  2. Stop being the Chief Everything Officer. Don’t say, “Yes,” by default. By saying, “No,” to some things, you will have the time and energy to say, “Yes,” to the right things.
  3. Don’t try to do something big every day. You eat a whale the same way you eat an apple—one bite at a time. The wickedly successful understand that to accomplish any project, you can’t expect to do it all at once.
  4. Stop hanging with the biggest losers. “Stick with the winners. The view from the top is meant to be shared. Find someone who’s already there to share it with, not someone who’s never seen it.”
  5. Expand what you’re willing to believe about yourself. Any time you find yourself entertaining doubts or trying to limit what you think is possible, remind yourself of your past successes.
  6. Don’t wait for conditions to be perfect. You may have to redefine what success looks like for you.
  7. Surround yourself with as many successful mentors as possible. 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. When you take this inward look, it is entirely possible you’ll see the path ahead going in an unexpected direction. Your passion might lead you somewhere else.
  9. Take care of yourself first. Don’t be so busy taking care of others that you forget to take care of yourself. You can’t be your best self if you’re not your own self.
Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.