Make 2016 Your Best Year Ever!

As we begin a New Year, I invite you to take the time to reflect on your key experiences for 2015 and to determine where you want to focus your energy for 2016. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed with all that we have to accomplish – we get so busy with life… and tend to forget about the things we have resolved to do.

However, when we take the time to create a clear game plan, and reflect on that game plan daily, we are much more likely to live the life of our dreams.

Personal Review of 2015 and Goals for 2016, will help you sort your thoughts and further define what is of utmost importance to you. Find some quiet time where you can let your mind wander; embrace whatever ideas come to your mind. Don’t allow yourself to dwell too long on negative thoughts. Remember, you possess the innate ability to make and achieve any goal you wish for.


Why is it so Hard to Keep a New Year’s Resolution?

One of the primary reasons resolutions fall by the wayside is a lack of planning. To further complicate the issue, many also lack the discipline to follow-through. Planning brings a sense of clarity, direction, and focus. When you know exactly what it is you want, it is far easier to have the required discipline to make your goals reality.

Watch this clip to see why it can be so difficult to keep motivated


Finding Your Inner Strength to Make and Achieve Your Goals

Keeping your motivation strong is essential to attaining your goals. Develop images of your goals that involve as many senses as possible. The more sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches you put into your pictures, the more likely your image will turn into reality. If you feel your motivation slipping away, tap into what motivated you to make the goal to begin with. Find those feelings and re-boost them.

In a television interview, singer Celine Dion was asked if she ever thought she’d sell millions of records and be on tour, singing in front of tens of thousands of people each week. The singer replied that none of this surprised her, as she had pictured the whole thing from the time she was five years old. Celine Dion tapped into the power of imaging … and she became the star that she had always pictured.

Professional retired golfer Jack Nicklaus never takes a golf shot without first mentally visualizing the precise trajectory of his swing, the flight of the ball, and the spot where it lands.

Quite simply, peak performers rehearse their desired actions and outcomes — IN THEIR MINDS — before they actually happen. They don’t leave challenging, difficult, or important situations to chance. They rehearse these situations mentally.


Honor Commitments to Yourself

If we truly want to move forward in our lives we need to honor the commitments we make to ourselves. Some find it easier to honor the commitments made to others than to themselves. However, as you choose to honor the commitments you make to yourself, you create a ‘feel-good’ state that perpetuates more of the same behavior.


Performance Review

Your goals and strategic plan should be treated as a ‘living document’ that grows and changes with you. Regularly review your top 3 personal and your top 3 professional goals and make sure you are on track for making them happen. At the end of each month, review and evaluate the progress you have made. As you evaluate the past month, make necessary adjustments to your strategy, and refine your goals for the upcoming month.

The more time you put into this process, fully completing the Personal Review of 2015 and Goals for 2016, the richer your results will be. Take the time to plan your year; you’ll be glad you did!

– CoraMarie Clark posted January 8, 2016