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.

New Year New Career

Are you ready to start 2011 with a new career, a move in a different direction, or perhaps a fresh approach on your current position?

The New Year is a great time to hit the “RESET” button and reflect on what you desire for the year ahead. Whether pondering a new position, looking at how you can improve your current rankings within your company, or simply finding a few creative ways to spice up that 9 to 5 routine.

Here are a few things you can do to use this New Year as a new career opportunity.

The first step is using this time for a fresh start. This list below will get you going in that direction. Remember, the more you put into life, the more life gives back. Don’t take these easy, fun, and simple steps for granted. Kindness goes a long way in the workforce.

1. Be a go-getter. Look for opportunities and seize them

2. Make friends with people who have already done what you would like to domove

3. Find a mentor

4. Contemplate your passions

5. Notice what others do well – and tell them

6. Think like a CEO, not an employee.

7. Go the extra mile

8. Do it all with a smile

9. Avoid the office cooler gossip

10. Stay free of time-suckers

11. Enroll in courses or trainings

12. Send a thank you card

13. Read Mr. Schmooze (or The Go-Giver)

14. Volunteer for a cause you care about

15. Do something more for your customers

16. Bring donuts on a Friday morning

17. Cover the phones while someone else is away

18. Be available and open with your co-workers (not talking about dating here)

19. Dream big

20. Have fun

Of course, you don’t need to complete this list all at once. Rather, make it a habit to be the best you all of the time.