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How to make the New Year epic in 10 easy steps
There’s nothing like New Year’s Day to make us take stock of our lives – to see what we’ve accomplished and what we’ve failed to accomplish. Most people I know use this holiday to beat themselves up over their failures while simultaneously making vague “resolutions” to achieve more.
Usually this approach brings the same results.
As a life coach, I enjoy helping my clients move toward the realization of their dreams – to help them create a life they love – so there’s nothing that pains me more than seeing people not get results, give up on their dreams, to give in to inertia, to not live up to their potential.
Let’s make sure that you are among the few who DO get results.
In that spirit, I wanted to give you some exercises to help you get crystal clear on your new goals and the actions required to make them happen. The key is to keep all of this simple, actionable yet at the same time exciting. Life should never be boring.
So here goes.
Clear your calendar and get out your journal – be prepared to put pen to paper. Then make sure you’re somewhere where you can remain undisturbed for a period. Allow yourself to think in terms of “awesomeness”.
Reflect and Review:
What made last year awesome and not so awesome? What have you accomplished and what are you proud of? List these out on a sheet of paper. What about the low points of the year – what don’t you want to repeat? List these out on a sheet of paper, too.
If you were a journalist writing about your year, in an objective way, what would your headline say?
What are you most proud of in the last year? What new dream for yourself did you achieve?
What unfinished business did you want to resolve before the end of the year? When will you do it?
When were you most excited about life this past year? What are you doing? Who were you with? What was boring to you this past year that you want to change for the New Year? What made it boring?
Looking back at the previous year, what would you have done differently? Where did you let fear hold you back from a goal you had? When did you have the courage to try something different?
Take some time to write out your answers to these questions. This foundational exercise was meant to get you started – we’ll build upon what you’ve written down here.
Then, tune in over the next few days for Step 2 where we define your areas of attention as well as Step 3 through which we define your resolutions and new habits. From there, in Steps Four and Five, we will create a core goal in each area you want to improve and then we’ll get specific about what you really want. In Step 6, we’ll figure out a compelling reason why you want to make these changes — from there, in Steps 7 and 8, we’ll create baby steps to get you moving forward as well as get all of the steps on a calendar. Then finally in Steps 9 and 10, we will create accountability structures and how we can routinely review your progress.
So stay tuned!