With the right mindset, 2012 can be your best year ever

Focus on personal strengths and eliminate nonproductive activities

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What does it take to have your best year ever even when the market continues to be tough? Here are two simple strategies you can implement now to make 2012 your most profitable year ever.

1. Reset your mindset

The No. 1 influence on your success is your mindset. Daniel Amen in his book, "Making a Good Brain Great," identifies what he calls "ANTs," which stands for automatic negative thoughts. Everyone has these thoughts that can keep us stuck rather than moving forward.