We’re at the end of 2015 and it seems crazy to me that Thanksgiving and Christmas are literally right around the corner. I know this is not what you want to hear right now because if you’re like most people you didn’t accomplish everything that you said you would in 2015.
It's ok, I'm going to share four practical steps that you need to take in order to prepare to have a better year in 2016.
Lets first talk about why you didn't achieve as much as you wanted to this year, what did you do with your time?
Were you waiting for the “perfect” time to get started? You kept telling yourself once ____ happens then I'll start to work on me. But that so called perfect time never came and now here you are at the end of the year wondering why you didn't get anything done.
Let’s be 100% honest...
You will always be busy. You will always have a lot on your plate at any given time. There will always be room for you to make excuses as to why you haven’t reached your goals.
Take a minute and think about what you accomplished this year and are you where you thought you would be. If not, why?
Time will continue to pass whether you like it or not. Make a decision that this time next year you will not be in the same place you are today.
Now when you tell yourself this, you actually have to put in the work that it will take to change your life. We're all about taking action, right?
This is why the 4 steps that I’m going to share with you today are very important.
4 STEPS YOU NEED TO TAKE TO PREPARE FOR THE NEW YEAR
Step 1: Take Time To Reflect
When was the last time you sat down and and thought about this past year? Like the good, the bad and the ugly. If you didn’t meet your goals this year, have you thought about why and what you need to do differently in 2016?
Did you lose the weight you said you were going to lose?
Did you launch the business you’ve been talking about?
Did you finally go back to school to get your degree?
If not, what happened? Think about why you didn’t follow through on your goals so that you don't repeat the same behavior next year.
Taking time to reflect over your life is important because you can see what you did right this year and learn from what didn't go so well.
Our lives are busy and we’re constantly on the go, we’re like the energizer bunny, we keep going and going and going without pausing to just think and breath.
During your journal time answer the following questions...
- What went well for me this year?
- What didn't go well for me this year?
- What did I want to get done this year, but wasn’t able to accomplish?
- What changes will I commit to as I prepare for the new year?
Step 2: Forgive Yourself
Raise your hand if sometimes you can be a little too hard on yourself when life isn't going the way you expected it to. I want you to forgive yourself for any mistakes, failures or anything that you are displeased with about yourself.
Don’t beat yourself up for what you didn’t get done. You did the best you knew at the time and as the saying goes when you know better, you do better. You will get curve balls thrown into your plans at any given time and you’ll have to adjust. Don't focus on things you cannot change.
We’re all a work in progress. No one has a perfect life so stop believing the lies you see on social media. We all make mistakes. We all have flaws. We all have failures.
But you can’t allow your failures to prevent you from moving forward.
Now is the perfect time to forgive yourself so you don’t take any of that negative energy into the new year.
Step 3: Start Fresh
Everyday you get a fresh start to start over. Don’t wait until Monday, the first of the month or the first of the year to start making changes. Start today!
Once you reflect over the last year and commit to change, now you have to put everything behind you and start fresh.
Read books, write in your journal, start to believe in yourself again. Commit to thinking differently in order to have a positive outlook on life.
Make a decision that you want your life to be different and then commit to changing it.
When you’re constantly waiting on the “right” moment all you’re doing is avoiding what you need to be working on, also known as procrastinating.
Step 4: Commit To Change
I was talking to a friend the other day and she shared with my how she was frustrated with herself because she didn't finish anything this year.
I asked her what habits did she change from the previous year and she said she didn't change much. I told her in order for change to occur in your life, you have to actually CHANGE.
If you want to transform your life for the better, stop blaming others for why you're not further along. Take ownership of your life. You have 100% responsibility over your life, that means you're in control.
If 2015 didn’t go as you intended it to - get over it. Don’t dwell on things you cannot change it’s just distracting you from moving forward.
Apply the steps I shared with you above and start the process of changing your life for the better. Your life will not miraculously change, you have to shift your mindset and put in the work.
You have to be willing to fight for what you want. When you want something bad enough you'll do whatever you have to do to make it happen. Fight for 2016 to be your best year ever.
What step(s) will you take in order to prepare for the new year?