It’s that time of year again! Whether you love Christmas or hate it or are ambivalent towards it, it is one season that you cannot help but notice one way or the other. From the Christmas adverts on television that get more and more outlandish every year, the shop arrangements that are decidedly festive and perhaps over the top, the presents that you inevitably have to think about (giving or getting), or the relatives (welcome and unwelcome) you are going to seeing sometime during the holidays– Christmas is by far the most talked about holiday of the year.

But it’s not just the food and the presents though. Inevitably, whether we like it or not December also signifies the end of one year and the imminent arrival of a new year. For some of you it could be a welcome thought – good riddance to 2016, after all it was a rubbish year. But for others of you the end of the year could bring with it some anxiety about the coming year. What will it be like? More of the same? Dare I raise my hopes that it will be better than the current year was?

As I do towards the end of every year, I spend some time thinking about what I would like the next year to look like. The last thing I want is for the year to ‘happen on me’. So I take time to reflect, dream, and plan. This month I want to share with you some tips that I got from an EBook I read recently. This EBook addressed the very topic I am talking about – 2017. It was a compilation by Michael Hyatt a well-respected entrepreneur and blogger. In this EBook, he put together the results of interviewing several high achievers and some of the top thought leaders in the world of personal development. He asked them the question – what do you do to set yourself up for a great year?

Here is a summary of what these gurus said they did at the end of every year:

  1. Reflect on the past year
  2. Stay positive
  3. Express gratitude
  4. Eliminate the excess
  5. Set compelling goals
  6. Break it down
  7. Schedule the year
  8. Unplug for a time

Sound familiar? A lot of us know these things but it’s the ones that actually do them that go on to make a difference in their businesses and personal lives. The one thing I would add to all this is to find someone that will hold you accountable to whatever you set out to do. Whether it is a Coach or mentor or business partner, this person will act as a sounding board but also someone who will challenge you when you start making excuses for not doing what you said you would do.

So make some time before the year ends to spend some quality time thinking about the above. Do this if you would like to see your business grow or see your career progress in the next twelve months. It even works in your personal life as well. Write down goals that stretch you and put it somewhere you can see it often.

If you do this, I promise you, 2017 will be more than you have ever dreamed no matter what challenges you face along the way.