Lucky 2013 — Time to Revise

It’s never too late — in Fiction or in Life — to Revise.
                                              —Nancy Thayer

 We’ve just rung in the New Year. It’s time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. It’s time to revise the things that haven’t worked in the past year, Reassess the things that have worked, and Determine what to add to your life. Perhaps I should call this time revisioning.

I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions because they’re too easy to break. I do, however, believe in setting goals for the coming year. My favorite thing about New Year’s Day is the quiet time I spend, either first thing in the morning or sometime later in the day, snuggled in the most comfortable chair in our home with a notebook and pen at the ready.

The first thing I do is make a list of everything (and I do mean everything) I want to accomplish, beginning with:

  1. What I plan to earn (this is not based on current income—this is what I want to earn).
  2. When I plan to take vacation, where I plan to go, and for how long.
  3. Next, I list 3 to 5 long-term goals (goals that will require 6 to 12 months to complete.
  4. Following the long-term goals, I include up to 10 short-term goals (goals that will require 1 week to 3 months to complete.
Now, 17 goals is much too long a list and I usually end up with closer to 20 or 25. So the next thing I do is pare down the list. Take some time to evaluate each goal. Ask yourself, is this really something I want enough to do it this year or is it just a pipe dream?
Remember that these are serious goals whose accomplishment has nothing to do with the everyday necessities of living, such as grocery shopping, doing the laundry, or cleaning the house. So you want to make sure your list contains the most important of your overall goals.

I usually aim for 10 goals for the new year. However, since this year is Lucky 2013, I’m giving myself some room to negotiate and revise — I’m giving myself 13 very lucky goals.

Now make 3 copies of your 2013 goals list. Hang one up in a prominent position in your office where you will see it everyday. Carry one copy in your wallet or purse, so you can read it periodically whenever you need an inspirational boost. Place one by your bed, so you can read it each night before you go to sleep and in the morning when you wake up.
Happy New Year!


What if there were no limits to what you could accomplish? I am a personal development coach and I help people learn how to get past the self-imposed limits that we each place upon ourselves, so that they can enjoy their greatest potential and live the lives of their dreams.

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