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Making the Most of 2015

WOW ! It’s hard to believe another year has past.  Have you taken time to ponder the old year and reflect on your accomplishments  both personal and professional.  For that matter have you looked at your life timeline to chart your high’s and low’s over the last 3, 5 or even 10 years.  It is really important to understand where you have been successful in your life. And to review all the goals you’ve achieved as you get ready for another year.

Are you ready for the newest of a new year ?  Ready for the hope and promise that a new year brings?  Have you been thinking, how will I make this year the best ever??  Have you considered what you will need to do differently to make personal and professional changes??

Thinking in three’s usually helps get ideas rolling?  I enjoy asking my coaching clients these three questions.  I hope they help you in getting ready for a positive new year.

First question,  What do you really want?  Honing in on your goals and dreams will help to define your year and clarify the steps you will need to take. Keep it simple: two goals for personal and professional that can be achieved in the first quarter or first six months of the year and then one major goal that may take longer.  You may also decide to create categories within personal and professional, however, remember not to overwhelm yourself with too many goals too fast.

Second question, Where are you at, at this moment in time?  This is your reflection time.  Making a date with yourself for an hour or two away from the hustle and bustle  will allow you to reminisce and review the year and maybe even your last 3 to 5 years.  Understanding where you are currently will help you plot a road map for where you want to go!

Third question, Next best step(s)? Now that you are ready to move forward what are the next best steps.  Feel free to write down a few and then bounce them off a trusted advisor.  Taking those next best steps will move you in the direction you want to go.  Keep in mind that you may/will make adjustments along the way.  Being flexible and open increases your chances of achieving your goals and dreams.

We have heard it many times-life is a journey and not a destination.  Enjoy it!  Take time to breathe and stop along the way to smell the flowers.  In the end it’s the friends, family and strangers you meet along the way that forms the fabric of your success in life.  All the best to you and a Happy 2017!

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.”  Daniel H. Burnham


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