Making the New Year the Best Year


If you haven’t taken time to plan your new year, you may be destined to repeat some of the same actions that didn’t work for you last year. A New Year’s ritual can help you be much more powerful in 2013. Don’t worry, if you haven’t done it, it’s not too late – even this weekend is a great time to set things in motion.

Create a Goal List

One of the first things I do is to create a goal list for the new year.
It has the following format:

My Name – Word for the Year
I am so happy and grateful that…
1) Goal

2) Goal

Goals on this list are specific and measurable, so I can know that I’ve achieved them. I include both personal and professional goals, so I know that I’m working in all areas of my life.

I also like to include a single word on this page that represents what I’m working on for the year. This year, the word is ‘Mastery.’ I’m focusing on how to master those things, both personal and professional, that I don’t just want to do well, I want to do exceptionally well. Previous years’ words have been ‘Connection’ and ‘Gratitude’.

Do a Year-in-Review
Have you looked at what didn’t work in 2012? Have you celebrated your successes from the past year? More importantly, have you looked at the lessons from both of those lists to help you move forward?

Here’s a great way to do this:
Make a list of the major elements of your life. I chose Business, Relationships, Health, and Spirituality. You may want more elements, and that’s fine.
For each element, I looked at what went really well, made a list, and celebrated that. I also looked at what didn’t work, not to beat myself up, but as a learning experience. Then I created an action list from the ‘what didn’t work’ list, based on creating different circumstances in this coming year.

When you focus this list on celebration and learning, it will be a joyous experience.
These two activities only took me a couple of hours, but the payoff in how I feel is tremendous.

Clear the Clutter
While you may have too much clutter to clear it all in a day or even a week, clearing some part of your clutter gives you a huge energy advantage.

Here are some clutter-clearing ideas to lighten your home and office:
1) Clear your desk, and organize the items on the desk into containers or files.
2) Clear a closet that you always dread opening.
3) Go through your clothing and donate or discard things you don’t wear. You’ll actually feel like you got a new wardrobe.
4) Go through your basement or storage area and get rid of items that you no longer use. If you haven’t used it in 2 years, you won’t. Just let it go.

Don’t try to spend more than 3 or 4 hours. You won’t be able to continue to make decisions about what to keep and what to discard after that. Congratulate yourself – you’re taking steps for a clearer space and a clearer mind.

Every day is a chance for a new start, and a new year is a great opportunity to reflect, celebrate and grow. Make sure you make your Goal List, and do your Year-in-Review, so you are moving forward powerfully, in business and in life.