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The New You for the New Year (Part 1):

Face The Facts
Every January many of us make a big deal about New Year’s Resolutions. If we wait until the New Year to start thinking about how we want it to be different from the last year, then we put ourselves at a distinct disadvantage. One of the basic traits of truly successful people is that they have clearly defined goals and objectives and a written plan of action in advance of the New Year. To give themselves the best opportunity to accomplish their goals, many successful people use a source of information and techniques, a calendar and a success workbook to guide them to significant achievement. Preparing for 2014, provides tools that facilitate success.
Over this series of daily blogs, we shall together look at what must be done to make 2014 much better than 2013.
The first step is to assess your present situation — review and evaluate your performance over the last year.
1. Review your wins and lessons – your victories and apparent defeats.
Take a blank sheet of paper, divide it in half and draws a cross. On the left side of the vertical line, above the horizontal line, write the word “victories.” Below the horizontal line, list your victories – the things that worked and the accomplishments made over the last year.
On the right side of the vertical line, above the horizontal line, write the word “lessons.” Below the horizontal line, list your lessons – apparent defeats, that which did not work. Ben Franklin, one of the founding fathers of this country, would compare the total the number of “victories” with the total number of “lessons.” If there were more “victories,” it was a good year. He would continue what he was doing, with refinement and improvements. If there were more “lessons,” he would make significant changes from whatever he did last year, so that this year would yield different results.
Use this method to examine your present situation – where you are in your life right now. You can then see the results-to-date of your thoughts, emotions, habits, and associations.
Are you happy with what you see?
With what you feel? With the condition of yourself and your family? Did you have more “victories” or “lessons?” Will you strive to do better this year, or glide through it with more of the same?
Insanity is doing the same things this year that you did last year – and expecting a different result.
Tomorrow: New You for the New Year (Part 2): Taking Responsibility
Herbert Harris