As we come to the end of the year it is a great time to reflect on what has happened in our lives, our accomplishments and learnings over the past 12 months, and begin to think about preparing for next year’s opportunities and successes. As the year closes we have Australian troops finally returning home, and the death of Nelson Mandela – both significant events that will change the lives of millions of people. Closer to home, some of my significant events for the past year have been:
- Finishing my first year of my doctoral degree and feeling even more excited and passionate about my research
- Being a finalist in ACT Telstra Business Women’s Awards and meeting some extraordinary women through the process.
- Working with fabulous clients to help them achieve their goals
- Having Mathew in Canada for a year and being so grateful for Skype!
- Learning and growing personally.
- Having a year of being happy, healthy and loving deeply.
What are some of your significant events or accomplishments? Take some time to think back on your year and some of your accomplishments. Once you have done that, it’s time to begin to think forward and prime our brain for coming successes.
Research clearly indicates that when we prime our brain for success and expect it we have already begun to run the neural pathways to create it. So here are some tips to prime your brain for success in 2014.
- Set goals – When we are clear about what we want then the brain has something to work towards. Remember a ship without a rudder is aimless. I have a great new vision/goal statement template that you might like so please email me if you are interested.
- Develop an action plan and take inspired action each day to achieve your goals. When we document strategies to achieve our goals and take some steps each day we are well on the way to success.
- Get a mentor or set up a mastermind group – having people to support you, and assist you in challenging and developing your thinking is priceless.
- Read more – if you read a book a week in 2014 that is 52 books a year which is more than an MBA requires. It will put you at the top of your field. Make sure you read from across disciplines – personal development, leadership, business, non-fiction, biographies, etc.
- Wake up early. Take time each morning to ground yourself in quiet and contemplation before you begin your day. Meditation is one of the very best things you can do for yourself each day. Then you are focused to carpe diem – seize the day!
- Get an accountability buddy – having someone to keep you accountable, review your accomplishments with and plan forward with creates the support required to maintain motivation and have fun along the way. It works both ways too!
- Morning pages – take time each day to write 3 pages of stream of consciousness musings as a discipline and notice how by the end of the three pages you are positive, have solved any problems and feel empowered and resilient.
- Practice mindfulness – take time as you move through your day to just be, and notice what you notice. Mindfulness improves productivity, well-being, longevity, problem solving, etc – there is no down side to mindfulness.
- Take baby steps and notice the small successes on the way to your big hairy audacious goals!
- Step outside your familiar comfort zone and learn something new – take up a musical instrument, learn a new language, stretch yourself and notice how this enhances your cognitive abilities.
- Wonder and awe – take time each day to notice the beauty around. Look through the glasses of wonder, curiosity and awe and notice how good this feels and notice how your mindset changes.
- Practice gratitude – find things to be grateful for every day – stay and finish your day with a list of at least 10 things you are grateful for and notice what happens!
Enjoy, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family. See you in the New Year!
Until next issue, have fun, go brilliantly and live big!