Your Best Year Ever: Take Things to the Next Level

Mark Hostutler
Michael Gidlewski

By Michael Gidlewski

With an energizing and enriching morning power hour propelling your every day forward, a reshuffled schedule putting strategic thinking ahead of inbox minutia, and visible reminders redirecting you back to your overarching mission, vision, purpose, and values, you’ll be set up to seize the opportunity to experience your best year ever.

Now let’s take things to the next level.

Begin by feeding your mind with the best advice out there. Commit to first acknowledging what it is you need and want to learn more about, then craft 12-month professional development goals to go along with your achievement goals. Whether it’s reading leadership books, practicing key skills or attaining new certifications, remember that you are truly your most important asset. The more you learn, the more you earn.

It’s also wise to surround yourself with great advice, because we typically define ourselves through our key relationships. The next step to getting to that next level is forming a mastermind group or inner circle of like-minded people who support you and your goals.

Take a look at who you currently spend most of your time with, then filter out anyone who limits you while bringing on anyone who can help you tap into your God-given potential. This personal board of directors should be able to bestow the wisdom, knowledge, and character necessary to drive you toward your best year ever.

Finally, put your increased earnings and output back to work by elevating your contribution factor. By giving more than you expect to receive back, as well as under-promising and over-delivering in as many transactions as you can, you’ll soon be able to generate more value than people expect.

And you’ll be on your way to producing the kind of results that will ensure 2017 finishes out as your best year ever.

Click here to read the previous posts in the “Your Best Year Ever” series.


Michael Gidlewski is President of West Chester-based Achievement Unlimited, as well as a growth catalyst and motivational speaker. He works with motivated business owners and entrepreneurs to clearly define the elements of what they dearly want their lives to look like, then helps them connect all the moving parts that make up those visions to consistent action and habits. Michael can be reached at 610-793-6609 or via e-mail at