How to Prepare for A Successful New Year
We are in the last hours of the old year and it is a time where many, including myself spend time in reflection and retrospection. Thought inevitably flow to the major accomplishments and disappointments experienced throughout the course of the year. It is also a time where we begin to look to the future and begin to make plans for the coming year. After eating all types of rich holiday food and purchasing holiday gifts, many are the resolutions to get fit and healthy and/or to get our finances in order. There also seems to be a time around mid-February where we can tend to give up our efforts and fall back into the status quo.
I recently attended a Vision Board Party hosted by Life Coach Lena Wilson who shared with us some great strategies for preparing and creating a prosperous and productive year.
Re-Evaluate and Re-Set
The first step in planning for a year of success and abundance is to reflect on the things that are important to you and determine where they fit on your priority list. Are the things that were important to you a year ago still important or relevant to your life at this time? What are the things that brought you absolute joy and contentment through the year? What would you have done differently if given the chance? These are only a few of the questions you can ask yourself as you prepare to step into the new year.
If your pervious goals, plans or ideals no longer serve you or represent who you are striving to become, then press the reset button. Don’t hold on to an idea or a dream that no longer serves or resonates with you because you feel like you are a failure or are giving up on your dream. Remember putting old wine in new wine skin just wont work. Letting go may be just the ticket for something new and beneficial to flow into your life.
Write Out Your Goals
The Good Book tells us to write the vision and make it plain and there is wisdom in those instructions. A study performed by psychology professor revealed that participants are 42% more likely to achieve your dreams and goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis. There is something about transferring your thoughts onto paper that aids in the process of manifestation. In a recent blog post I share about the importance of setting S.M.A.R.T goals. Coach Lena Wilson reminded us of the power of setting goals that are Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant and Time Bound. It’s also important to not set a million goals and try to tackle them all at once, but rather choose a few that you can give your attention to-remember energy flows where attention goes.
Create A Vision Board
I truly believe in the power of envisioning and visualization. There is something about keeping a vision of your goals, dreams and desires on a board or in a book that you look at frequently. My husband and I created our first vision board as a family about three years ago, it wasn’t until last year that we realized that many of the goals and plans we placed on the board had manifested. I had placed a picture of an Island on the board because it was so beautiful, on a cruise to the Caribbean, as we were getting ready to embark we realized that we were standing in the proximity of where the photo had to have been taken, we have been true believers ever since! Coach Lena reinforced my belief even more by sharing with us her vision board and helped us to really understand how to create boards that were true to our goals, vision and mission.
My advice would be to definitely create your own vision board based on your goals and visions for the new year. Make it specific to what you want to see show up in your life as it relates to your faith, finances, health and wellness, family or even the fun things you want to do in life. One goal I placed on the vision board was to write my children’s etiquette book Zion the Mannerly Lion. Today that book is available on Amazon!
Have An Accountability Partner
Having a coach, mentor or accountability partner, someone who can partner with you to keep you focused and motivated is paramount to your success in the new year. I have always held to the mantra that it takes a village to raise a child, I am beginning to see that as women, wives, mothers and sisters we need a village of our own to help us be the super hero’s we show up as , every day of our lives. I know for me when I know that I have a friend that I know will call me on my commitment or check in to see if I am following through gives me that extra push I need to kick the procrastination to the curb and get it done. Ask for the help you need and get stuff done.
Women are natural nurturer’s. We will take care of everyone and everything except the most important person-ourselves. Yes I said it we are the most important person in our lives, and if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t be around to take care of the people you love and live to care for daily. This was a lesson I had to learn the hard way and it nearly took me out (but that’s another story for another time). Take time to pamper yourself, do something that brings you complete joy and bliss, recharge your batteries with some self-love and self-care so that you have the health and vitality to reap the rewards of your success.