The New Year is almost upon us. Now is the time to reflect on some of your achievements from this year. Here are 10 things to do to close out 2010 and some goal setting ideas for 2011.
1. Know what you value, what is important to you, get clear on your direction. How can you get ‘there’ if you don’t know where ‘there’ is? If your direction speaks to you, then through the law of attraction, good things will happen in the next year.
2. Start listening to your barometer (your feelings). You are responsible for your happiness first. Pay attention to your feelings as they will tell you whether what you are looking at is a yea or a nay. Learn to say NO.
3. Start a ‘self-acknowledgement journal’. At the end of every day, simply write down 5 great things that you did, said or accomplished that day. Focus on your strengths. If your last thought before you sleep is in a good place, you wake up in the same vibe.
4. Make a list of the things you’ve learned this year. Give yourself a couple of days to allow your mind to find these nuggets. Review the list you made and pull out the five that are most important to you. Think about why they are so valuable to you and how you can benefit from them.
5. Make a list of things you want to learn next year. Some things in life we learn serendipitously. But we can also determine what we want to learn and why.
6. Make a list of the most fun things you have done this year. You will have fun making this list.
7. Identify why they were the most fun so you can do more of it next year. Figure out how to get more of them into your life.
8. Make a list of things you accomplished this year. Career, financially, health and fitness, relationships, travel, community service are just some of the areas to look at. Be sure to add in your lists from the learning and fun categories.
9. Make a list of things you want to accomplish next year. What contribution would you like to make? Who do you choose to become? Who would you like to spend your time with? How much do you choose to earn, save and invest? What will you do to create optimum health? Do you want to travel?
10. Reconnect with yourself. Set up regular alone times for meditation, being mindful, prayer, yoga, etc. These are important as they will de-stress you and give you a better sense of time and priorities. Meditation in particular helps you understand and tame your mind as well. One of the best books to guide you with this is Full Catastrophe Living by Dr. Jon Kabet-Zinn. The book is a practical, step-by-step guide to mindfulness meditation, based on the eight-week program of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
While these items may feel more personal than professional they are actually both. Now if you know that these will be hard to do by yourself, get an accountability partner who also wants to go through this exercise of self awareness. Or better still get a group together. Then plan a time when you think you all will have your answers finished and celebrate together.
Acknowledging yourself for this year, helps to prepare for next year. Here’s to a new year of all your desires and dreams coming to fruition.
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