New year, New You

New Year, New You!Well it’s the beginning of a New Year!  I love this time of year because it is ripe with the possibilities that come with the potential of something new.  It can be a time of complete rebirth, undefined from the good or bad that marked 2013.  After the quick New Year’s greeting the next question that quickly follows is “What is your New Year’s Resolution?”  But these resolutions are renowned for being just a fade as life quickly begins to interfere with the best laid plans we make for our lives.  So how do you keep you resolutions from just being a one or two month trial and instead initiating the beginning of some real life changes????  Over the next thirty days we will explore how to really transition plans for 2014 to a “New Year, New You” through changes that you can make every day that impact your career, finances, relationships, and peace of mind.

So first stop on the road to where you want to be? I think a quick jump to resolutions skips over a critical piece of moving forward – Taking a pause to figure out what went wrong.  New Year’s Day presents a great opportunity to relax and take some inventory on where you are starting before you decide where you want to go.

Reflection on 2013

Reflection can be difficult.  Let’s face it when trying to be still and reliving moments we just finished surviving almost anything (including watching paint dry) can seem more entertaining.  But reflecting is an important step to moving forward, think of it as your final exam before moving to the next level to make sure have really learned the lessons 2013 laid out for you.  I find writing helps me focus so taking some time out of your day to write your top five or ten regrets and successes of 2013 can be a great place to start.

What went wrong from what you planned and why?

It’s easy to look back on the year and think of all the things that went wrong.  Maybe someone let you down or broke your heart or your boss is an a**hole.  But this is life and as my mom always said life is not fair.  The only thing we really have the power to change in life is ourselves.  So in the reflection take a look at the lost opportunities or dreams deferred and really see what changes you could have made for a different result.  There is no magic cure all for all problems, but there are certainly different approaches that could possibly yield better results.  Challenge yourself to think of ways your actions to lives problems could have gotten you closer to where you wanted to be.

What actions are you willing to take in 2014 to get to where you want to be?

Making a resolution with no action steps is the same as preparing a pie without putting it in the oven.  Your actions are the catalyst to make your resolutions a reality.  Your actions do not have to be a perfectly comprised outline of what you are going to do this year.  As your head still might be pounding from the night before, focus on just a few things you will be willing to do to get you where you want to be that actually fit into your everyday life.  If you want a better relationship with your kids, maybe adding a dedicated hour to spend with them without interruption is an action you’re willing to take.

A good reflection on the year can set the cornerstone to the New Year you are going to create.

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