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Set Up for Success in the New Year

It’s the end of another year. Time for holidays, vacations, resolutions, and new beginnings. How are you planning on making the most of the new year?

Ending the Year with a Bang

As we all well know, with holidays, vacations, and year end quotas, this can be a very busy, often stressful time of the year. It’s important to take care of ourselves and use this time effectively.

Take time out for yourself.

The first step to getting the most out of your holiday break, is to take some time for yourself. Before you begin planning your future, you need to be in the right mindset. If we think about our plans and our goals, and we’re very tense and anxious while we do, we create a negative energy around what should be positive goals.

When we try to plan our futures in such a tense frame of mind, we end up leaving claw marks on our goals, as we hold on to them so tightly. We should be encouraging our goals to grow and change with time and circumstance. Put yourself in a state of mind where growth and change are possible, and seem positive rather than frightening.

Recenter yourself and focus on what makes you, you—focus your goals and energy around what you love and what makes a positive impact on you.

Reflect on your Past Year

Think about your goals, and your struggles. What have you learned, what would you do differently? Take an inventory of what you’ve gained this year.

Maybe you’ve gained a new title from a promotion or career change. Maybe you’ve gained some great training in a specific field. Or maybe you learned how to deal with really difficult situations in your life and career. Don’t think of them as setbacks. Think about the year in terms of what you’ve gained, and how you’ve grown.

New Intentions

I’m not much into New Year’s Resolutions, but I am in favor of setting up new intentions for the new year. I like to look at it like this: instead of thinking about “what I want to do” in the new year, I think about “who I want to be” in the new year.

Maybe you feel like you’ve been putting on a mask at work, not fully expressing yourself. That’s fine, a lot of the time, and many people do it regularly. But it can also help you to relieve some tension by being able to take that mask off from time to time at work. Your new intention for the year could be, “I’m going to be more authentic at work on a regular basis.”

Remember, we’re human beings, not human doings. Think about who you are, and what you want to be. Now is a good time to think about the bigger picture, to move beyond the things you need to do, and into the things you want to be.

Let go of things

The next step in setting yourself up for success is to release tension and negative energy. Use this time around the holidays  to disconnect from the things that stress you out on a day-to-day basis. Start looking at the bigger picture, and writing down some notes about your larger goals.

Relax a bit, and take time to start writing down the things you notice—the things that you’re excited for, or the things that you find yourself drawn to doing. Be intentional about re-centering yourself, and uncovering your passions and motivation again.

Think about your goals

There’s a quote that I like to share with my clients when we discuss the pursuit of career goals: “Make sure your ladder is leaning against the right wall.” That is to say, make sure that you are on the right path. If you keep climbing the ladder that you’re on, are you going to actually enjoy the view from the top rung?

Look at your goals, and decide if they still align with the life you want to live, the person you want to be. Be true to yourself, and honest with yourself. This is a time to relax and unwind, but it’s also a great time to look ahead, and think about where you want to be at this time next year, or five years from now.

Take the time to think over your year; celebrate your successes and the strides you’ve made this year. Look out the rearview mirror to help you grow into the new year. We can be so busy that we forget to do these things. Celebrate yourself, get excited about the future, and take another look at your goals. Remember to focus on who you are, not just what you do.


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