Planning for a Brilliant New Year

I get so excited with New Year’s – perhaps it’s to do with the fact that it’s my birthday fireworksJan 1, or perhaps it’s the fact that it offers a clean slate with how you want your year to be.

Abraham Lincoln has said that “the best way to predict the future is to create it” so I thought it apropos to share with you my best tips to help you predict a brilliant 2013.

TIP 1:  Write down a bucket list of all the things you want in your year.  Less is more, so think about what is most important to you.  Regardless of size of list, mark three (3) that you consider most important – that if you achieved these 3, you would be ecstatic.

TIP 2:  Decide on a theme for the year.  Think of it as an intention – one word or short phrase that sums up the focus for your year.  For example, my intention is for simplicity – doing less to achieve more.

TIP 3:  Decide on an identity – who do you need to be to achieve your goals?  Do you need to be a million-dollar earning entrepreneur?  Do you need to be an in-demand speaker?  How about a popular expert on widgets?  Step into your identity and see how it feels.  What kind of decisions might you made differently as a result of this new identity?

TIP 4:  Plan to succeed!  Once you know what you want to achieve, set out a plan.  Plan your next 3 months, your weeks, your day.  Get the planning tools that will help you stay on course to achieve your biggest dreams.

TIP 5:  Decide in advance what are you going to say ‘yes’ to and what are you going to say ‘no’ to in 2013.  Making a clear decision about this will serve you better than any new year’s resolution.  Do you need to say ‘yes’ to yourself more?  Do you need to say ‘no’ to certain kinds of work or clients.  Be decisive and you will find the right opportunities coming your way.

These 5 tips sum it up for me, and I hope they do for you to help you make 2013 rock.  I look forward to continuing to share more tips that can help you succeed.