Category: new year resolutions



Yoga & SunsetHere we are with the end of the year at hand. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was planning the year, and now it’s up. There are a lot of people caught up in the hectic energy of the holiday season, and it’s really easy to get caught up in. When you do, it’s also easy to push things aside and let the year come to a close in an “unconscious” way. Not a very good way to close out the year.

You want to be aware as the year comes to a close and set clear intentions around it. If you’re caught up it may not be so easy to see how to go about things differently and bring your year to a powerful close. Here are 5 things you can do starting right now (or even after the new year begins) to be clear and intentional about ending the year.

  • Celebrate the goals that you accomplished and appreciate where you are right now, regardless of how you feel about how you did this year with your business goals and your personal life. No matter how bad you think things look, no matter how many times you find yourself saying “shoulda, woulda, coulda”, there is always much to be grateful for. Make note of all the lessons you learned. Accept where you are right now and know that where you are is where you’re supposed to be.
  •   Look at the goals that you set for this year and ask yourself what worked. Which things went as planned and how well did they turn out? Is there anything that you would have done differently?
  • Next, take a look at what didn’t work so well. Were you stopped when it came to a particular thing? What things did you struggle with and why? Look beyond the surface to see what things made it difficult. It may be that you didn’t have all of the resources required or maybe it was a personal block that required you to make some shifts that were hard to make. Dig deep.
  • Let go! Make a list of things that it’s time to let go of…habits that don’t support you, things that don’t serve your highest good and the people it’s necessary to part ways with. The same goes for the clutter in your work and home spaces. When your list is complete, start the process of letting go. Create new habits to serve you, ditch the clutter and say goodbye to the other things and people that you have to let go of.
  • Contemplate how you want next year to look and set your intentions. Don’t think about the goals you want to create just yet. Instead, think about how you want the year to look, the experience you want it to be and, more importantly how you want to feel in the coming year. Once you’ve determined that, set your intentions to powerfully close out your year. Then you can create your goals and take action.

This is the time of year where people are making resolutions and it’s almost too easy to do.  Some times people make resolutions just because they think they should make them, not because it’s something that they really take the time to think about or something that they really want to do.  Then they’re left to wonder why they don’t make good on their resolutions.

The key to making good on your New Year’s resolutions is to turn them into values-based goals.  If you take the time to think about what’s important to you-the things that you value most and make your goals inside of those things, you are more likely to accomplish them.  Even statistics have shown us that this is so.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t create resolutions.  What I’m saying is that if you want to see anything that you resolve to do come to fruition, then morph your resolutions into goals.  Doing so gives them the muscle and longevity that they need to survive long enough for you to carry them out.  Once you’ve morphed them into goals, it means that you’ve made them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound).  It also means that behind that you create a plan, or road map if you will to get you from Point A to Point B and pull accountability, motivation and discipline into the mix.  As we close out this year and make way for the next, I encourage you to take the time to think about what you want to resolve to do and think about your values then turn your resolutions into goals and make your plans to carry them out. Of course, it’s easier said than done, especially when you get to the point of creating your map, but the process and the time that you would invest are well worth it.

 


The New Year is upon us and even if you’re having regrets about how things look right now as far as what you wanted to accomplish this year, there’s still a way to finish the year strong.   It definitely pays to plan ahead and then work the plan, but if that’s not what happened for you this year, you can still come out on top and be ready to take on next year.  First off, stop beating yourself up.  Take responsibility for what you didn’t accomplish or what you didn’t do or even start.  Let it go and focus forward.

Now, with your focus being on what’s in front of you, determine what things you can do before the end of the year to finish something that you started or lay the foundation for what’s next.  Take the steps to finish what you can and then make a quick draft for what’s next and get tasks on your agenda.

Look at what you want to accomplish in the coming year.  If you haven’t thought about it, make a list of things then morph the list into S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) Create your list of goals.  A good guideline is to have one clearly defined goal for each major interest & role in your life.  Additionally, prioritize your goals and base them upon your values.  You’re more likely to achieve them if they are.

You can’t take on the next year winging it, you have to have a definitive plan.  Outline your plan by identifying the milestones for each goal you’ve set so that you have a basic road map.  At the first of the year, come back and fill in the blanks and execute the plan.

These steps are just to help you finish your year strong and be ready for next year without any regrets.   At the first of the year, coming back to complete the plan that you started will solidify the foundation of your year and help you get through it successfully if your plan has all of the components and you follow it.  Now you have your quick steps to take to finish your year strong and set yourself up for success in the new year.

 

 


This is the time of year when people look back and see things that they haven’t accomplished and know that there’s no time left in the year to get it done.  You might be looking back and doing that very thing.  You may have unfinished things on your plate because you didn’t follow your plan, or maybe because you didn’t have a plan at all.  No matter the reason, it’s time to let it go, stop beating yourself up and move forward.  As you look back and see things you didn’t do, determine what you can do right now, if anything, and then what can be done during the month of January to get that ball rolling again and get it done.  Create your plan then work it.

If you’ve had the kind of year where things didn’t get done or you struggled to get things done and you’re serious about your business, it’s time to get things in gear.  2012 is coming in fast and it packs a punch.  It’s time out for all of the mediocrity and playing small.  There is absolutely no place for that any longer and you’ve got to be ready to take things on.   One mistake I see people make every year is making resolutions.  Don’t get me wrong, making resolutions is not a bad thing, but what happens is that they don’t last, simply because they don’t have staying power.

Resolutions serve their purpose, but they are weak.  Resolutions are declarations, something that you might do; your desires, hopes and intentions. They are in raw form and really are catalysts for what you want to see happen.  It’s great to have them, but they need to be morphed into goals.
Goals, when created properly, are rock solid.  They have the staying power needed to make what you desire come to life.  Goals are specific things that you actually commit yourself to; they are based upon your values.  They are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound), have the utmost clarity and involve accountability, mindset, motivation, self discipline as well as a detailed plan to carry them out.

As you look forward to this new year, take those resolutions and give them the shot in the arm that they need to come to life.  Make the time to turn them into goals and create your detailed plan to see them come to fruition.  Your resolutions aren’t going to be a match for 2012.  You need goals and a plan if you really want your business to do well this coming year.  Don’t take your resolutions into this next year.  Stop playing small and step up to the plate and play the game for real by turning your resolutions into goals.  2012 is here and it’s game time.  What are your goals?  Where’s your plan?  Your playing small does not serve the world.


Turing your resolutions into goals is the first step in aiming before your fire.  You can’t hit the mark if you don’t know where you’re going.  You have to know how to take your resolutions and turn them into solid goals and how to develop a plan to carry them out.  Additionally, ask yourself what things you want to leave behind with the old year, and choose those things that you want to take into the New Year with you.  It might take some time to get clear, so take your time and make your lists.  Be conscious about what you are letting go of and what you are holding onto or creating to take along for the ride into the New Year.

Finally, ask yourself who it is that you have to be in order to accomplish the goals that you’ve set.  Most of the time people look at or tell themselves that when they get something, then they’re be able to do a particular thing in order to be where they want to be.  This is a backwards concept.  Really, we have to think about who we’re going to be (the characteristics and behaviors we have to exhibit), then think about what we have to do in order to have what we want.  So it’s be; do; have instead of have; do; be.

As you begin to think about the things that you resolve to do in the coming year, remember to aim before you fire.  Add the steps of turning those resolutions into goals, list what you’re leaving behind and what you’re taking with you and then determine who you have to be in order to carry out your plan.

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