Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year 2009

Happy New Year! Here we are at the dawning of another brand, spanking new year!

The new year offers us a fantastic opportunity to rekindle our hope and enthusiasm for our lives. It is a new beginning. The turning of the calendar offers us a chance to start again and reach for our dreams... one more time.

Something about a fresh start gives us renewed energy and enthusiasm. The blank slate of a new year is a perfect opportunity to toss out our past mistakes and mis-steps and start again.

One of the best ways to launch a new year is to set some goals for your life. I am a firm believer in the process of setting one's goals on paper. I do a fairly elaborate goal setting process each and every New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

I set goals by category. I use Jack Boland's Master Mind Goal Achiever's Journal for my goal setting process. Although Jack Boland made his transition in 1992, you can still get the journal each year through the church he founded - The Church of Today (now Renaissance Unity) in Warren Michigan: The Store @ Renaissance Unity.

Here are the categories that Jack encourages us to use for goal setting:

Personal Relationships
Things you want to do
Things you want to have
Things you want to be

I have seen miracles happen when people write their goals down on paper. Sometimes things are written and the person has absolutely NO idea how that could ever possibly come to pass. I have had so many people call to tell me how excited they are when something on their goal list has come to pass when they really couldn't believe it was possible when they wrote it down!

I once heard Jack Boland say that if you aren't at least a little embarrassed by your goals that you just weren't thinking big enough!

Start 2009 by mapping out a list of goals for your year. Just set aside an hour or two for this process, write down those goals, and see what happens to you! It will change your life!

Happy New Year!!

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