Another year has swiftly vanished into history and, while many people were glad to see the back of 2016, you may find yourself wondering where the time went. How successful were the past 12 months for you? Did you make the changes you’d planned or did your resolve for something different peter out by February? Don’t worry, it’s the start of a new year and there’s another 12 months ready and waiting for you!

If you’re not happy with the way your life is playing out, here are a few steps to help you take it in a whole new direction.

Step 1.

Decide on the three most important things in your life. List them quickly without too much thought – often your first reaction will be what’s really important.

The list below provides some thought starters but you may have other goals that are important to you.

Changes Choose 3
Career enhancement
Contribution to society
Creativity and hobbies
Health and fitness
Financial independence
Purposeful work and activity
Spiritual growth
Social connections

Step 2.

Decide what you will do in the coming months to make changes in these areas. Take time to write down a series of actions that will make a difference and help you on your way to achieving your goals.

Step 3.

Tell people around you what you plan to do. This will reinforce your commitment and ensure you are more likely to stick to your plans.

Step 4.

Check your progress. Every month, take time to look over your action list and note any changes—even what seem to be small improvements or successes should be celebrated to keep you motivated.

For example, if you chose ‘Career enhancement’ a first step might be deciding to read one book every month for the next 12 months to improve your knowledge on the area in which you want to work. It may even be totally unrelated to what you are doing now but something you aspire to do. This extra knowledge might then be the catalyst for embarking on formal studies to launch you on the career of your dreams.

Small actions like this can make a big change in how you feel about your life.

What are you waiting for?

If procrastination is your enemy, make a decision to overcome it and do something different RIGHT NOW. One small step could mean huge progress towards improving the most important aspects of your life. Make the new year the time to focus on achieving your goals.

Happy New Year!

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