Another year is ending, making way for a new year. When you look back over the past year, are you proud of your achievements? Are you satisfied with your results? Did you do your best? Did you reach your goals and kept your resolutions?
If you’re happy and satisfied about last year, that’s great! Keep challenging yourself, and attempt greater and better things this year.
If you’re not satisfied with 2012, what do you plan to do differently in 2013? If you continue doing what you’re doing, you’ll get the results (or lack thereof) you’ve been getting. If you want different results, you’ll need to do things differently.
Whether you’re happy or not about last year, the New Year – and every day for that matter – offers you an opportunity to refocus, realign, and make necessary changes to take your life to a higher level.
The following steps will help make this year a winning year (i.e. a year that you can look back on and be proud of what you’ve done and who you’ve become):
- Clearly define what you want. This is important. What do you want to achieve this year? Next December, when you look back on your year, what would you like to have done? Take the time to reflect and write down what you want. Doing this will give you a sense of direction and help focus your energy on things that are truly valuable to you.
- Commit to doing something every day that moves you in the direction of what you want. Whatever you decide to do this year, it’ll require commitment. You climb a mountain one step at a time. Likewise, you’ll achieve what you have set out by taking incremental steps in the right direction.
- Manage your resources wisely. You, like everyone else, have limited time, energy, money, etc. If you’re to achieve your 2013 goals, you must become skillful at managing your resources, and use them in a way that moves you forward. Remember, using your resources for one thing means not having them for something else (i.e. saying yes to one thing means saying no to something else). Manage wisely.
- Work at building your strong relationships. As humans, we’re designed to relate with others. Our relationships, when healthy, enrich our lives more than we often realize. Fostering strong and vibrant relationships with the people in your life (and those who may enter it this year) should be part of your winning game plan for 2013.
- Take care of yourself. No matter what you decide to do this year, the one thing you’ll bring to all of it is “you”. I know this sounds obvious, but we often lose ourselves in the pursuit of what we want. That’s why I feel compelled to mention this. This year, make it a priority to take care of yourself, to grow emotionally, spiritually, physically, and to work on the other areas of your life.
All the best for 2013!
Questions: What do you plan to do to make this year a winning year? You can leave a comment below.