Welcome to 2012!
I was watching people mope around in the rainy Victoria sidewalks today and noticed that there is a definite “holiday-worn” look that many people are wearing.
We ate our plum pudding, buried our mashed potatoes in gravy, and drank bubbly grape juice at the stroke of midnight, so it must mean the holidays are over.
The beginning of the year is a great time to reflect on the previous year, take note of what we have learned, and plan the year ahead. While I don’t like the term “New Years Resolution” I think there is tremendous value in goal setting. We should be goal setting at least once a year. Highly productive people goal set and make a plan of action at least once a month.
Studies show that by simply writing down your “intentions” for the year make you 70% more likely to achieve them, even if you put them in a drawer and never think about it until this time next year.
So, if you could fast forward to December 31, 2012 and you could look back and say, “That was a great year!” what would have needed to happen?
- Do you need to stop smoking? Lose weight? Improve your diet? Start exercising? Manage stress? Sleep more?
- Do you need to change careers? Change your outlook? Change the people you surround yourself with?
- Do you need to travel? Take a vacation? Build that invention that you had stored in your mind? Learn French?
I would encourage you to ask yourself that simple question. If nothing comes to mind, it’s OK, just wait. Often people notice a few days later they might get a clearer answer.