Make This Your Best Year Yet

So are you ready to make this your best year yet? I don’t know about you, but I just love the energy at the beginning of a brand-new year. I love the endless possibilities that stretch out before me; the opportunity for change and to create something new, and the promise of a fresh start. There is something infinitely inspiring about potential energy that always makes me so happy.

Possibility vs reality

The key with potential energy, though, lies in making that shift from possible to actual. Again, it’s the difference between being interested in the idea of big changes, and being committed to actually making them happen.

Because the older I get, the more time seems to warp; as anyone with children knows, the years seem to go by faster and faster. And with that change in time perception, mixed in with the exhilaration of a year of possibility, there’s always a tiny bit of fear that the year will fly by without having reached the goals and built the dreams that I wanted to.

Dealing with the fear

The way I deal with the fear is to take the time to sit down and really reconnect with the reasons behind everything that I want to do over the coming year. I take the time to dream; to plan; to inspire and motivate myself to make it happen.

And then I get organized; I chart out exactly how I’m going to fit it all into my year, my months, my weeks, and my days. The further out my planning goes, the more flexible it is, obviously. But I always have at least a general idea of what I’m going to be working on and when. It’s how I make things happen and build my dreams, and it helps to channel my energy in a way that sets the right tone for the year ahead.

5 steps to make this your best year yet

If you’re looking for ways to get your own year off to the right energetic start, here are five steps that you can take to get yourself clear, organized, and motivated to make this year your best year yet! These are the steps that I take each year to get myself focused on all the things I want to manifest over the coming months.

Step 1. Do a review of your year. What did you accomplish last year that you had wanted to? What did you fail to accomplish that you had wanted to? Looking at both of those lists, what did you do or not do that contributed to your success or lack thereof? Make a note of everything that worked for you and make it a point to do more of that over the coming year. Also note the things that didn’t work, and do your best to avoid doing that.

Step 2. Assess your outstanding goals/dreams.

Take a look at all the stuff that you didn’t get around to getting done this year. Ask yourself if any of these goals are still important to you, and if so, add them to a new list for the New Year. Are there any other dreams and goals that have surfaced that you would like to add to the list?

Step 3. Prioritize your goals.

Get yourself clear on what it is that you want to accomplish THIS YEAR – decide what you think is actually do-able over 12 months, and make those things your goals for the year. Keep the rest of those dreams and goals in a safe place so you won’t lose them and can revisit them later.

Step 4. Create a plan of action.

Organize yourself! Take some time to decide how and when you’re going to accomplish each of those goals on your “this year” list. Break each goal down into baby steps and figure out when you’re going to work on each step.

Step 5: Just do it!

Take action. Actually DO those baby steps you identified in step 4. Dreams are only fantasies until WE take the responsibility of taking the action necessary to actually BUILD them. We have the choice to either let our dreams sit on a shelf, collecting dust… or we can bring them out to play, giving ourselves the chance to share our greatest gifts with the world. We can choose to add our little bit of magic to the awesome quotient of the entire planet. 🙂

Staying inspired

Finally, the other thing I always recommend when you’re diving into your dream-building is to find ways to keep yourself inspired to keep going. I do this with books, with music, with vision boards, and with quotes (I love quotes… they’re like sound bites for the soul) and mantras. And I do it with the support of other people who are also trying to build big things for themselves.

I have a couple of networking groups that I belong to, and there’s something about having those wonderful tribes to turn to for support, encouragement, troubleshooting, brilliant ideas, awesome energy, and high-fives when something great happens. It would be so much harder, and so much lonelier, to build my dreams without those groups in my life.

So find yourself a tribe – people who think the way you do, and people who dream as big, or even bigger, than you do. They will be that catalyst that pushes you to go beyond what you ever thought you were capable of. That network of support will be the key that unlocks your greatest potential.

Kick the year off in a big way

If you would like to really kick this year off in a big way, if you really are determined to make this your best year yet and would like my personal help to make it happen, then take a look at my “CRUSH it!” 30 Day Massive Action Dream-Building bootcamp. It’s a full-on program to get you clear, organized, and taking real action towards your dream. It also includes a group forum for ongoing support (and that supportive tribe I talked about). Hope to see you there!

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