It’s a new year — full of possibilities. You stand at a cross roads. Will this be just another year, or will this be the turning point in your life? It’s up to you.
The year of 2012 can be whatever you want it to be, but it won’t be any different from last year or the year before or the year before that, unless you take some time to plan it out.
So, here’s what I want you to do today. I want you to grab a pen and a piece of paper, or better yet a notebook or journal.
In order to make a plan, you first have to have a vision or goal for what you want your future to look like. So, take a moment to review the year that just ended; even if you are glad to have it behind you, and you hope to never have another year like it as long as you live.
Make two lists: What was wrong with 2011? What was right with 2011?
There are two very strong motivating factors. I don’t know which tyope of motivation speaks more strongly to you. Some of us are motivated more by what we want; some are motivated more by what we don’t want.
Often it takes knowing what we don’t want in order to fire us up to go after what we do want. Sometimes you have to just get sick and tired of being sick and tired before you are willing to do what it takes to change.
Human beings are funny creatures. We seem to resist change even when it’s actually for the better. There is a certain comfort in sameness. At least we know what to expect.
This year, I challenge you to embrace change. Change is, after all, inevitable. Everything changes, except God. I challenge you to embrace the unknown. I challenge you to risk, because without risk there is no growth and no gain.
Once you have written down what worked last year and what didn’t work, I want you to close your eyes and dream the biggest dream possible for 2012. Pull out all the stops. Don’t hold anything back. Don’t judge what you think is possible or will probably happen.
If you were given a magic wand and you could create whatever you wanted in 2012, what would your life be like? Don’t just limit this to finances. What would your health be like? What would your relationships be like? What would your home look and feel like? What would your work look like?
It’s a wonderful life!
In the coming days, I’ll help you turn your dream into reality.