Closing the chapter on the year that is past and looking forward to a new year ahead, it's a good time to stop, take stock and plan. New Years is a time to reflect. Looking back for purposes of moving forward with wisdom. It's a time to project into the future, and decide what you want your future to look like. This is different than making a New Year's Resolution. Instead, this is about taking control and making your future what you want it to be.

When you reflect on your year past consider:

1. What went well. What are the things you did this past year that you want to keep doing? Look at every aspect of your life, relationships, work/career, health/wellness, leisure/fun, personal development. What decisions, habits, thoughts were beneficial and helped you to be a better you? Determine to continue doing these things. Do what you know works!

2. What would you change? What habits, decisions, thoughts weren't beneficial that you need to change, tweak or adjust? What do you want to be different about this year from last? Even if your year went great there is always room for improvement. And if the past year wasn't that great, then sky's the limit for how you can improve! Bottom line, what did you learn?

Now look ahead.

1. Close your eyes. Fast forward. It's now Jan. 1, 2014. What do you want to say about the year that has passed? What do you want to say about 2013? Be specific and visualize it. Again, look at every aspect of your life, relationships, work/career, health, leisure/fun, personal development. Be disciplined about this exercise and don't just give in to what you think it will look like. Don't be a victim. This is your story you are writing, make it what you want it to be!

2. Now write out your goals and begin to make it happen! Plan, be specific. Good planning is detailed, what, when, how, what. What's the goal? When will you accomplish it? How will you accomplish it? What help do you need? I keep a goal notebook where I write all of this information down. The simple act of writing down my goals has always made me more successful in accomplishing them. Every single goal that I have written down, I have made progress on, if not accomplished completely. Every one.

Seize the opportunity you are given only once a year. The opportunity to say an official good-bye to the old and hello to the new in the passage of time. This is your opportunity to decide and commit to the future you want and then go get it!


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