As 2010 comes to a close, it is important to take time to reflect on the past twelve months. Make note of the things you did well, and ponder those things you wish you could have done better. Your reflection should set the stage for thinking about how you are going to approach the new year and how you will face the new challenges and opportunities the future holds.
Whether 2010 was a good year for you or a year worthy of improvement, the time you spend in reflection and the attitude with which you approach 2011 will set the tone for your success in the coming year. Think about what you will do differently in 2011. How will you be more effective? How will you deal differently with people? What will you contribute to your business, to the community, to your family and your friends?
Think too about the baggage you need to leave behind. Negative energy detracts from the positive gains you might make in the coming year. Don't waste time fretting the past. You cannot change what has happened, you can only impact your future. Your attitude as you enter the new year will set the tone for your success. My favorite message on the power of attitude is by writer and clergyman Charles R. Swindol, which he concludes by saying:
"I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our ATTITUDES."
Keep this in mind as you prepare for 2011.
Finally, to help ensure your goals become reality, share them with someone close to you. This will transform your goals from thoughts or words on paper to a shared commitment, written with the ink of your integrity.
I wish you all the best in 2011. Happy New Year!