At the risk of mentioning it one time too often, you have to get the book Your Best Year Yet by Jinny Ditzler. OK, well you don't have to, but if you're the kind of person that really does want to make things happen and (a) get appreciative and introspective about the year you've had, and (b) get excited about the potential for the year ahead, then this book is for you.
As mentioned a few post ago, I've been working with this book for about 10 years. When I first picked it up it didn't look that intriguing to me, but I liked the title so I bought it anyway. Little did I know that I was holding the only book I can honestly say has been read and re-read every year since (and as far as I recall I've worked with it every year since).
So, assuming your sold on the idea of getting hold of the book (if you don't have it already), then here's more about how it can seriously set you on track to your best year yet...
Basically the book is built around a 10 step process, as follows:
1) What did I accomplish?
2) What were my biggest disappointments?
3) What did I learn?
4) How do I limit myself and how do I stop?
5) What are my personal values?
6) What roles do I play in my life?
7) What is my major focus for the next year?
8) What are my goals for each role?
9) What are my top 10 goals for next year?
10) How can I make sure I achieve them?
Well, the best part is - assuming you give it the time it needs (I think at least one full day), then it really does the job. Each section is fully explained with background information and examples, and it's such a good read.
At the end of the process, which, by the way, is very enlightening and rewarding in and of itself, you have a 1-page plan for the coming year with your top 10 goals, your major focus and other important reminders on - all in one place so you feel it's all doable.
Being the arty-crafty kind of gal that I am, last year I typed mine up into MS Publisher, printed it off and stored it in a clear file so I could leaf through it once a week and check back.
What this means is that this year I have the template all ready to go and I can't wait!
Keeping a record year after year is also really revealing. Just watch your growth! My lists and goals 10 years down the line are decidedly more impressive and interesting than they were when I started, and of course this coming year's is going to have to be the best by far. Well, you know how competitive I am... even with myself ; )
I'd love to hear how you get on. Shall we make a pact and swap Top 10 Goals when you're done? Can we be that brave? Let's do it! I'd like 3 of you to step forward and list yours before I share mine. Fair enough?