This New Year, Take Time to Focus on the Small Things*

*Because the small things really are the BIG things …

The eve of the New Year is a time for contemplation and renewal.  It is also a time to look back at all we set out to do and what we accomplished this past year.  We resolve to set our resolutions and we promise ourselves we will keep them.  Sometimes we put them in writing, often we don’t. They are often about losing weight, finding a new job, bettering our marriage, etc.

I have a twist on this time honored tradition…. What if we each spent time focusing on a few small details and writing out our thoughts?  Thoughts we can return and add to throughout the year?  Here are a few questions to contemplate and please comment by adding your own:

What am I looking forward to in 2016?

Who do I want to hang out with?

Who will I build a better relationship with?

What do I love about my job?

What really matters to me?

What will I do more of?

What makes me smile?

Who makes me smile?

What am I grateful for?

Who am I grateful for?

What is my purpose?

Enjoy thinking and writing about what YOUR New Year WILL BRING you, or what you will BRING to it.  I welcome your response with a few of your own affirming New Year’s questions.   Until then, enjoy the Journey of the New Year and all that it has to offer.  A year where every day will be new to you and an opportunity to renew your focus on the small details….

Happy New Year!

Stepping into the New Year

It’s that time again. The time of year where gym memberships spike, intentions and resolutions are set, and dreams are discussed.

The New Year is often a time of renewal. A time to hit the reset button, to shift directions, to recommit to goals—both old and new, and to shift your internal compass so that you are navigating towards what it is you desire.

We’ve talked about goals on this blog many times before, (in fact, here’s our New Year’s post from last year), so instead of rehashing those same bits of advice and encouragement, we’d like to talk about something different.

Instead of thinking about what you want to DO and HAVE in 2013, let’s step into something else—who do you want to BE?

Similar to making goals for yourself about tangible accomplishments and goals, what about asking yourself who do you want to be this year? What kind of person do you want to be? What kind of leader, parent, employee, community participant?

Stepping into the new year with a mindset of who you are BEING can help you create what it is you want to accomplish. Without being intentional about the kind of person you are and want to be, are you really satisfied with the direction that your life take?

Take a look at 2013 with a new perspective on YOU.

Ask yourself:

  • Who do I need to BE in order to achieve my goals?
  • Who do I need to BE to create success for myself?
  • Who do I need to BE in order to find happiness?

What type of person are and who will you be this year? Use this fresh start to step into something new.

Celebrate Your Accomplishments from 2012

The end of the year is near. There are just days left before we embark upon the next 365 days of our life.

For a lot us, we spend a large amount of time looking forward to what’s next. We consider where we are, where we are going, and all that we need to do to create what we want to be and have.

Instead of focusing on the future in this final week of the year, take some time to celebrate your accomplishments from 2012.

Spend an hour this week to write down and acknowledge, honor and celebrate all that went right in the previous twelve months. Doing so will give you the motivation, energy, and self-efficacy to start 2013 feeling inspired.

Here are a few areas in which you can spend time reflecting on 2012:

  • What key career accomplishments did I have this year? Did I get a promotion, receive a raise, change a system in the business that created more revenue or decreased costs and overhead?
  • What personal things did I accomplish this year? Did I run a marathon, take an exotic vacation to a bucket-list location, improve my relationships?
  • What goals did I set for myself that I completed or made progress towards?
  • What awareness did I gain about my life and its direction?
  • What new partnerships or friendships were formed over the past year?
  • Who has my life impacted this year? Who impacted my life this year? What person can I thank for their mentorship, friendship or leadership? 
  • What good have I done? Have I volunteered, partnered with a charity, or fueled some other passion for my own well-being?

Reflecting on these past accomplishments may not be easy. In fact, many people will have trouble even remembering what they did over the past twelve months. In our work-driven culture, we spend so much time looking at everything that is left undone. But, shifting our focus to honor and acknowledge the progress we’ve made year after year, will give us a greater sense of happiness, accomplishment, and joy.

Take the time to celebrate these accomplishments—not matter how big or small, knowing you did the best you could with the time you had, and that next year you’ll do even better.



3 Keys to Igniting a Strategic Vision for Your Career Path

Are you caught in the daily grind?

When’s the last time you considered where it was you were going – exactly?

Have you mapped out where and how you’ll get there?

If not, it’s time to revisit your future vision. As the second quarter of 2012 kicks off,  we are reminded how fast time passes. If you haven’t jump started your career goals this year, now is the time to revisit them and add fuel to your vision.

Here are three keys to lighting a fire to your future.

1. Clearly see where you want to be and when you want to be there. Take the time to imagine, daydream and visualize where it is you want to be. Do you want to lead a team as a manager, move up the ladder as an executive, or change roles completely? Clearly seeing this for yourself, will allow you to figure out what needs to happen in order for you to get there. Spend time visualizing and imagining all the pieces and details of your future career path.

2. Speak your vision. While you may not go around telling everyone about your vision, do let the key leaders in your company know where it is you desire to go. Also, speak about your vision to trusted friends and colleagues. When you let them know you are serious about your direction it will keep you accountable in taking steps towards it.

3.  Move towards it. No matter how big or small the action step, any movement in the direction of your vision will help it to actualize. This could include enrolling in additional training offerings, volunteering to take on extra tasks, or leading a team project. Whatever your vision is, begin moving in that direction.

Use these three simple key strategies to light a fire under your vision. Clearly seeing where you want to go, speaking it out loud, and taking steps toward it will all keep you motivated and attracting the vision you’ve set out to achieve.