It’s hard to believe that 2016 is about to come to an end. Having the opportunity to get ready for a new year is a blessing. I have taken three important steps to prepare myself for 2017.
STEP 1: Recharge
There have been many ups, downs, twists, and turns this past year. By mid-December, all of my systems were operating below 50%. Immediately, upon arriving in my hometown, I started recharging: exposing myself to daily dosages of sunshine (Vitamin D); eating lots of oranges, tangelos, grapefruits (Vitamin C); increasing my physical activity by walking 1-3 miles daily on the beach; nourishing my spirit with early morning daily meditation and worshiping with family and friends on Sundays; eating my favorite home-cooked meals at Marian’s place, brunch at my favorite restaurant, Aunt Catfish, chocolates from Angel & Phelps; connecting with childhood classmates, family friends, former teachers, and Delta sorors; and exploring new venues (e.g.,International Speedway, Daytona 1 and Cobb Theaters, Tanger Outlets). Right now I am at 90% and by the time I am on the plane headed back to Columbus, my personal systems will be fully charged. I will be ready January 1 to “be my b.e.s.t.”
STEP 2: Re-examine
In order to leverage my 2016 accomplishments and make sure that I also learned from my mistakes, I set aside time to objectively assess my performance. Questions that I sought to answer included: What goals did I achieve? Were there other accomplishments? What goals didn’t get met? Were there opportunities that I seized? Were there threats that I mitigated? Did I have the right people traveling with me? How did my context impact my performance? Did I maintain a B.E.S.T. mindset? Did my actions align with my goals? What other factors facilitated or prevented my success? What do I need to let go? What behaviors do I need to embrace?
Always, the beach provides me space to think with clarity. I parked my chair in one of my favorite locations, listened to the roaring of the ocean, reflected on the questions, and documented my responses. Once completed, I had clarity about my current condition and was equipped to develop a realistic roadmap for 2017.
STEP 3: Roadmap
My final step focused on creating a blueprint that will guide me to my desired destination. Using my findings from my re-examination, I defined my destinations, and identified the paths, actions, and milestones necessary to get me to them. Then I identified my b.e.s.t. behaviors essential to ensuring I follow my roadmap. My roadmap is designed and ready to be shared with my b.e.s.t. buddy (accountability partner) upon my return home.
I am clear about my present condition, equipped with my roadmap, will be fully charged, and ready to be my b.e.s.t. on day one. Without a doubt, I am certain that 2017 will be my BEST year ever!
Hope 2017 will be your BEST year too!