As I wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for the old one I want to tell you how happy I am to get the opportunity to talk with you on the first day of this new year.
At the beginning of every year many people make New Year´s Resolutions, other write down specific goals or decide on a focus for the year, choose a word or a value for the year and yet others make vision boards.
Whether you feel like the year ahead is like a unwritten book and that today is the first page, or if you feel like a painter with a blank canvas on which you are going to paint the year then the beginning of a new year is always a good time to think about coming year.
Just for the fun of it I include a list I read in Time Magazine on the 10 most common New Year´s Resolutions – what is worse is that according to Time over 80% of people making these resolutions will give up on them before January 10th!
- Lose weight and get fit
- Quit smoking
- Learn something new
- Eat healthier and diet
- Get out of debt and save money
- Spend more time with family
- Travel to new places
- Be less stressed
- Drink less
Have you ever made a New Year´s Resolution on any of these?
I´m sure you already have thought about what you want to take with you from the year of 2012 and what you want out of 2013 and I want to encourage you to write that down on a paper somehow and keep the paper. Whether you look at the paper every now and then during 2013 or just at the end of 2013 I know you will be surprised. By writing this down increases the chances of you achieving your dreams and goals enormously.
I want you to think about who you want to be or how you want to feel in the year of 2013 instead of only what you have to do in the year of 2013.
Setting a goal or making a New Year´s Resolution that are all about what you tell yourself you have to do can be more tiresome and demanding and therefore you might be more likely to give up on them instead of thinking about who you want to be.
If you go to your heart and your feelings, and think about who and how you want to be, you are igniting a stronger want for results and therewith you are more likely to stick to it and enjoy it more at the same time.
Here is one way you can go about doing this, maybe it works for you.
I want to encourage you, as soon as you get a good chance, to sit down in a quiet place, maybe with a good cup of coffee and even a piece of chocolate, and think about and write down you answers to the following questions.
- Vision: What exactly do I want out of the year of 2013? Both in private and professional life.
- Importance: How much does this mean to me and/or what would it mean to me to achieve this?
- Commitment: What am I willing to do to achieve this?
- Plan and actions: What exactly am I going to do to achieve this?
- Support: What support do I need to achieve this?
You might want to look at a blog I wrote before on life in balance or other blogs here on this webpage.