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Resolutions, Schmesolutions

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Holy cow, we’re roughly a month away from turning the page to yet another (exciting, scary, promising) New Year.

This is the time of year where gifts to one another aren’t the only things being wrapped up. Personal finances, the fiscal year for many small business (including many theatre productions closing their box offices because of the desolate month of January), and even the results of last year’s well intentioned New Year’s Resolutions are just several kinds of books being closed and in some cases even burned, never to be seen again.

But before you close the book (and maybe even shove it toward the back of your bookcase behind your collection of dusty Encyclopedia Brittanicas) on the year and move on to new reading, new goals, and new aims; it’s best to take an hour, a day, a week, or the entire month and really make time to review what you liked about the book you’re on—or leaving our biblio-analogy behind, taking a (few) personal strategy session(s) to make sure you got out of the past year as much as you possibly could.

Make and take the time to look at what worked about this year. What did you accomplish? Can you replicate that success? What were the reasons behind the success? What were the little pieces of the puzzle that you were able to make fit and why? Can you make the mini and large successes of 2012 habitual to carry into 2013 and throughout the rest of your life?

What didn’t work about 2012—taking a look at not only the what, but the why and asking yourself whether there’s a lesson you can glean from the non-successes (there usually is) and if so can you improve upon the effort you put forth on the non-success or is it something you need to jettison from your life (while taking with you the lesson you learned) entirely. The key to making this work is to look at the non-success objectively, not moping or beating oneself up about it. Non-successes provide as many opportunities as successes.

Take the next month and really do some self-examination and then promise to take action on the strategy session you’ve given yourself. You’ll be creating positive momentum into the New Year and making 2013 more outstanding than 2012 and a New York Times best-seller

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