Fresh Year, Fresh Start

January, one of my favourite months of the year. Full of fun, hot weather, and holidays. For me, it is the month of reflection. A time to look back at the year that was, to celebrate our successes, and to learn. A great chance to pause, to think and to ask the question: What do I want the coming year to mean to me?

We have put together a list of ways to help you achieve the most out of the year ahead:

Break it down

It is so easy to focus on the bigger goals and become a bit overwhelmed. Break tasks down into smaller, achievable tasks and see how much you can accomplish. Remember, to climb a mountain you have to begin with a single step.

Challenge is your middle name! 

Don’t settle and don’t become complacent. There are far too many people that are unwilling to take on a challenge because they are scared of failure, don’t look back with regret. I am reminded of the words of C.S. Lewis “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement”.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Unfortunately for all you control freaks out there, myself included, there are some things that are out of your control. Worrying about the things we have no control over adds stress to our lives, and that is something that we just don’t need.

Be honest, where are you at right now?

How often do you sit down and review the week? Spend some time thinking about what you have learnt, what you could have done better, whether you are closer to achieving your short and long-term goals and celebrating your weekly successes.

Change your thinking

Mistakes are better interpreted as opportunities. We all make them, but do we always learn from them? And taking that further, how do we turn them into opportunities?

Stand out from the crowd

Someone once said that “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do”. If you want it to be your year to shine, then you have to go the extra mile. Be prepared to work hard.

The Scarlett O’Hara theory

Scarlett O’Hara once said “after all, tomorrow is another day”. No matter who you are, you are bound to have a bad day every now and then. Days when things just don’t go right, no matter what you do or how hard you try. Try to remember that is not the end of the world. Take a breath, wipe the slate clean and start again tomorrow.

It’s all about gates and doors

January was named after Janus, the Roman god of gates and doors, of beginnings and endings. Janus had the ability to be able to see into the future as well as being able to see the past. This is something that we at clear decisions challenge you to do this year.

So, January is a month full of promises, a chance to make good and to have a fresh start. You have a full year to make those dreams become reality! Visualise yourself at the end of the year and ask yourself now, how do you want to finish this sentence “This was the year I…”

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.

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Lisa Twyford

At the start of my career, I learned quickly that many organisations were full of good intentions, but all too often lacking the skills and know-how to execute effectively. That’s why I founded clear decisions™ over 12 years ago. My vision was simple, I had a desire to help businesses and their people move through change projects with great success.


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