The days are getting longer, and we are just a couple days away from turning the page of the calendar. Here are 5 things to consider that are guaranteed to help you get your year off to a great start.
- Take Stock—Before racing full-speed ahead into the new year, you might want to slow down and give yourself the gift of looking through the rear view mirror: What did you accomplish? What goals are yet to be reached? Any regrets? What would you like to do differently next year? These are the categories I consider, when doing my year-end reflection: Health, Relationships, Work, Finances, Community Service, Spirituality, Intellectual Growth, Fun/Play
- Clear the Clutter and Get Organized—What do you want to carry with you into your new year? What do you want to leave behind? What is the “stuff” of your life that no longer serves you? It might be overflowing cupboards, closets, shelves and drawers. Are you ready to lighten your load? The go-to questions I ask myself when deciding what stays and what goes are: Do I really, really love it? Is it essential/do I need it? Does it carry positive/pleasurable memories? And once you’ve done your “winter cleaning”, get organized. Make sure you know where things are and where they go. You’ll spend a lot less time worrying about where you put things and where to find them.
- Manage your Mind—Not all thoughts are created equal, and all thoughts are a choice! The thoughts you choose to bring with you into the new year will determine how your year will begin, and how it will continue. Check your thoughts. Are you choosing thoughts that feel full of opportunity, or ones that are self-defeating? Are your thoughts ones that feel motivating, or do they leave you feeling sapped of energy? Do they feel like helium, or like lead? One of the most powerful coaching tools I have (and we all have it) is the knowledge that we are all capable of managing our minds and choosing thoughts that are helpful. Try it, you’ll like it!
- Choose Wisely—Tis the season for making resolutions. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, although 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only 8% of us actually follow through with them. However, people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to follow through than those who don’t. So, what do we have to do to succeed? Choose wisely. Less is more. Keep going! Manage your mind, choose helpful thoughts that feel motivating, take action, reflect, adjust, and keep going!
- Write a Letter to yourself—Date it December 31, 2015. Write a letter to yourself that describes the wonderful, successful, satisfying, and fulfilling year you’ve had. Have fun with this and get as detailed as you can. ENVISIONING and RECORDING your upcoming fabulous year is a sure-fire way to set yourself on the path to realizing it!
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Now, go embrace your New Year!!