THE NEW YEAR! A time for new beginnings.
I love the feeling of finishing and getting a fresh start at something
new. As a child I experienced that every year as a new school year
would begin. Now, the new calendar year gives me the chance to bring
closure and start anew on my dreams, goals and aspirations.
New year resolutions often mean unrealistic promises to myself
that I seem destined to break. I no longer “resolve”
to do the impossible beginning January 1st. However, I do take time
to be reflective and set priorities for the upcoming year using
the following steps:
1. In January, along with my husband, I review the past year,
write down what I accomplished and celebrate my “wins”
— the good things that happened in my life.
2. Then I review the written goals I set out to accomplish. As I
reflect on those goals I didn’t accomplish, I ask myself:
“Is it still important to me?” “What got in my
way?” and “What can I do differently to make it happen
3. Next, I set new goals and revise the old by looking at all areas
of my life including career, relationships, family, health, spiritual
life, education, recreation, and personal possesions.
4. I devise a “plan of action” — steps to achieve
my goals. I attach dates to each step and plot the action steps
into the months of my daily planner for the coming year.
5. And then, I begin anew...
My “Happy New Year” wish for you is that you will have
a new year that is full of dreams, goals and aspirations that are
important to you and a plan for making those come true.
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