By now, many people will have wished you all the best in 2012. I’d like to take it one step further, and share with you a method which will ensure that 2012 will be a happy and productive year for you. It requires only a few hours of your time, and needn’t be done all at once.
The idea is to set a direction for your life, so that you can focus your energies on what makes you happy. This is not a reformulation of New Year’s Resolutions but if you approach it seriously, you may find you no longer need resolutions (especially the type that you think about only on January 1st, and never look at again).
First, take a moment to reflect on the events of 2011. How did you spend your time? Were you happy with the balance of work, family and social activities? Did you make any progress towards attaining your dream? If you’re pleased with your progress – pat your self on the back, and take pride in your achievements. If you’re disappointed about some things, then think about what you wish you had done differently. Remember, the past is your experience – it’s an asset to be used in your search for success. Don’t spend any time dwelling on mistakes and blaming yourself, because you can’t change the past. Forgive yourself and work on improving the future.
Next, think about what you want from life, and what makes you happy. Some people derive the greatest pleasure from their careers, others from their children. Only you can decide what is important in your life. Try not to let other people’s values determine what you strive for. [Read more…]