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The Progressive Professional – Perks for Quality Living – December 2012

Setting Up For Success in The New Year!

Ahhh – December and the end of the year drawing close. I find December a great time, especially after the holidays when it is usually somewhat quiet, to reflect on the year past. Did I accomplish everything I wanted to do? Did I have my priorities correct? Did I focus and work on only things that were in my control? Did I use all my resources wisely?

I then look toward the New Year. What should I continue doing? What should I stop doing? What should I start doing? How can I make the coming year the best yet?

Over the years, this process has brought many insights. There were years I didn’t make the best choices and didn’t focus on the right priorities – myself, my family and my goals. Here are steps to make 2013 your best year yet.

  1. Take care of yourself. If you don’t have your health, your confidence and happiness, you won’t be at your best. What do you need to do to improve your health? How can you build confidence? Are you happy and if not, what needs to change?
  2. Identify your priorities. Our priorities change as we go through life. Those things that were very important to me in my earlier years, aren’t as important now. Where are you in life’s journey? What are your priorities? Do they reflect those things or people that bring you happiness? Have the recent sad news events changed your priorities?
  3. Eliminate clutter. From your house, your workplace, your life – not just the physical things, you should also include the mental clutter. Are you keeping things that are not adding value to your life? Perhaps goals that are no longer realistic or important in the big picture. Perhaps people that are high maintenance and don’t bring you joy. Perhaps a lot of physical “stuff” that just gets in the way of finding what you need or moving around efficiently whether that’s on a desk, in a workshop, in the kitchen or wherever you spend your time. Get rid of those things that are cluttering your life!
  4. Take stock of your relationships and resources. Which relationships bring you joy? Which relationships are a chore? What resources do you have and are you using them wisely? What resources do you need? Are you managing your finances wisely? How can you improve in these areas of life?
  5. Finally, make a list of goals – not resolutions! Resolutions, in most cases, don’t work – they are short term and don’t have concrete, incremental steps. If you truly want to change some of your behaviors and have the best 2013 yet, set goals. Break those goals into tasks. Spread those tasks across the months of the New Year. And, reward yourself for the progress. If you miss a target, don’t beat yourself up – move forward, reschedule, whatever it takes to continue the path to success.

These short, simple steps and reflections will help you make sure you enter the New Year prepared for the best year yet and you’ll achieve outstanding success. Do what you want, learn to love what you do and why you do it and above all, seek happiness.

As Oprah Winfrey says: “The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.”

What are your dreams? Will you follow the path to achieve them in 2013?

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