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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.



We’re well into the new year.  The dust from the holidays is finally settling and things are back to normal.  How much have you accomplished so far?  Have you taken steps toward the things you said you wanted to do this year?  Maybe you’ve already reached a goal that you set, which is great!  You might be stuck because you don’t have  a plan yet.  It might be time to take a moment to retreat and create your plan for accomplishing the things that you’ve said you want to do this year.  Take a moment to share where you are right now by taking this quick, anonymous poll.

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.

Everyone wants to be better for the New Year which is why everyone makes the resolutions for getting back to the gym, getting organized, quitting smoking, and the list goes on.  But the truth of the matter is that so many people have false starts when it comes to carrying out their resolutions.  They have lots of plans and plenty of things they want to do or get accomplished in the New Year, but they run out of steam before they get the ball rolling with any real momentum.  Did you make resolutions for this year?  Did you take action?  Why not?  What was it that held you back?

If you’re expecting new results just because it’s a new year, you’re making a big mistake.  If your starting point is not correct, you will not get what you want.  Once the holidays are over, some people will start to implement their resolutions.  Unfortunately, some of those starts will be false, running out of steam before February comes around.  Resolutions die because they aren’t strong enough to survive.  If they aren’t turned into goals and have a plan to support them, they wither away.  To start off on the right foot you need to first understand that there’s a distinct difference between the anatomy of a resolution and that of a goal. Goals are things that you are committed to pursuing, are values-based and SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-based).  They have plans created to support them coming to fruition.

Here we are on the brink of a new year.  People are scrambling to get things done for the holidays and starting to look forward to the New Year, thinking about what they want to accomplish in 2010.

Before you begin to think about what you want to create for the year, think about the things that you want to let go of and leave behind with the old year.  Before you can look forward, you have to look at where you are right now, so start by asking yourself “What’s working?”; What’s not working?” and then ask what do you have to do in order to make what’s not working work?

Some times we have to let go of things; bad habits, toxic environments and, yes, people; all of the things that keep us from moving forward.  Once you look at what’s not working, you can begin to see the things that you need to leave behind with the old year and make preparations to let it all go to give you the room to create all that you want in the New Year.  It creates the space for the new, positive things you want to enter your life.

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