by Sandra Dawes
We’re in the final stretch of the year! Whether or not you’ve accomplished everything you wanted to for the year, it’s not too late to end the year on a high note. Even in our failures there are lessons to learn and seeds of future success that have been planted. Here are 3 ways to end the year with a bang regardless of how the year has been to-date:
- Make a list of lessons learned this year. There are things that worked out better than you imagined, and others that didn’t unfold as expected. What lessons did you learn from those experiences? What will you do differently next time? Many of us choose not to revisit programs or product launches because they weren’t a success the first time around. There are a lot of situations where a bit of tweaking and better planning and identifying gaps can turn a flop into massive success! It’s just a matter of taking the time to reflect and a willingness to be honest with ourselves.
- Review your resources. Are you still trying to do it all on your own? Whether it’s a team, a better website or hiring a coach to work on specific areas of your business, it’s always a good idea to take inventory of what you have and what you need. If you want different, better results in the New Year, it’s important to identify what your needs are and develop a plan to acquire the resources needed to take your business and your life to the next level. It’s one thing to know what you’re lacking; it’s a completely different thing to have a plan in place to make sure you get what you need. Nothing is more disheartening that feeling like a year has passed and no progress or changes have taken place.
- Ask yourself: what else is possible? Sure you achieved a lot this year. That doesn’t mean that you can rest on your laurels. If this year has been an awesome year, what is possible to next? You’re not the same person you were at the start of the year. You’ve experienced new things, gained knowledge and wisdom. Taking the time to appreciate the good, bad and ugly of the year to-date provides us with the starting point to map out an awesome new year. Even if things didn’t work out the way that you wanted them to, you’ve learned from those mistakes and will do things differently next time.
The year isn’t over yet. There’s still time to get things done, including laying the foundation for a successful new year! Don’t wait for January to start thinking about your goals for the New Year. Celebrate your successes, big and small. Consider what resources you need to make things even more awesome in the coming year and don’t limit yourself to what’s possible. A new year is a fresh start and the offer opportunities to do things like you never have before. Here’s to making next year your best year yet!
Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker, as well as founder of Embrace Your Destiny, her life coaching practice. Her work involves teaching women how to stop arguing for their limitations so that they can create the life that they want. Sandra’s inspiration to help others in this area comes from her own journey and experiences in dealing with the heartbreak of losing her father. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve, a story that outlines her personal journey, in November 2013.
In her down time, Sandra loves to read, do yoga and spend time with her partner Satnam and their dog Lulu. For more information on what she does, visit sandradawes.com.