How do you celebrate a new year? Do you make resolutions or lists of things you want to accomplish? Or, do you put your head down and take on the year one day at a time? Either way is perfect. However, the big question we have for you is…how do you let go of the last year?
For many of us (me included) we are too enthralled in the hype of what a new year brings. We see the diet ads or the gym ads or tips for being better organized and we go nuts at Lulu Lemon, Whole Foods and the Container Store. There are so many messages and ideas for how we can really leverage a new year. But, what happens to the old year? Do any of us find real closure for what the last year brought us or did for us? Are we able to cleanly and clearly move on?
A brilliant woman I know works with executives on how they close out their financial years. They look back at their company’s wins, losses and lessons learned. The executives find so much clarity on what worked for them, where they contributed and where they didn’t succeed, as well as lessons they learned to
improve their next year. By really aligning internally and as a team to describe their wins, losses and lessons they can effectively let go of their past year and move on to the next with no baggage…no
I really love the idea of finding closure for 2013 by looking back at where I personally had wins, where I had losses and where I learned some lessons. By taking an hour to reflect on what 2013 brought me, I feel I can really give 2014 my full attention. These wins/losses/lessons don’t necessarily have to be monumental. For instance, I feel I had a real win in 2013 by effectively juggling my kids’ extracurricular activities by being better organized. A loss was not making enough time for myself and a lesson I learned was to not overcommit or overschedule. And, this short list is just me getting warmed up.
By fully letting go of last year, I can shake 2013’s hand, give it a “nice knowing you” and look ahead to 2014 without any hesitation. And, I can’t wait to dive into the New Year with more insight and more clarity on what I can do to make it a great year. Let us know how you find closure in 2013 and what you are looking forward to in 2014. We’d love to hear what you have to share!
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