Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you.
Sincere thanks to you for being a part of Less Ordinary Living this year.
2010 is drawing to a close and you have successfully completed another lap around the sun.
The festive season is a great time for you to reflect and start planning– here are ways for you to celebrate the old year and herald the new.
Start the right way and make 2011 your fullest, happiest and most extraordinary year yet.
Count your Blessings
You survived another 365 days on our spaceship. How was the ride?
Find somewhere quiet, put on your favourite tunes and take 10 minutes to review 2010 and record your highlights.
What were the moments that made you feel happy, delighted, and glad to be alive?
List your attributes
What were the strengths and skills you had to use this year to make all this happen?
Strength? Courage? Determination? Kindness? Patience? Love? Creativity? Strategic thinking? Getting things done? Achieving? Helping others?
Make a list of the strengths you have and how you used them
Say thank you
Every year is a kaleidoscope of people and events.
Who were the people who made 2010 a better one for you?
Whether they shared your best moments, or helped you through your tough ones, drop them a note or give them a call to say “thank you”.
Prepare for 2011
Create your 2011 “bucket list”
What are the things you’ve always wanted to do and never got round to?
Make your bucket list of amazing experiences, things to learn and places to see in 2011.
Don’t hold back – from the smallest to the most ambitious!
Create your annual plan
The new year is a fresh chapter in your life.
Take a large sheet of paper and draw a large arrow from left to right – put January at one end and December at the other.
Now think take things from your bucket list and pick a time to do them. You may need to do a little research to figure some of them out (when is the best time to visit the North Pole?).
Make a commitment to yourself to do it and record them on your timeline.
Get a head start
For as many of the commitments on your time-line as possible, put some skin in the game.
Sign up for that course (I am learning potrait photography in the spring), commit to that race (I’m running the Edinburgh marathon in May), organize visits to family members now, invite people to your New Year’s dinner party, book a table at the restaurant you’ve always wanted to visit.
Select someone you trust. Share your timeline with them. Give them a copy.
Now you are committed, ask them to check in with you once a week at an agreed time for 5 minutes to review your progress.
They will hold your feet to the fire to make your bucket list a reality.
Write a letter from the future
Write a letter to yourself from Christmas 2011.
Talk about the great year you had – what you achieved and how that makes you feel.
Outline how you made it all happen and your great attributes you needed to do it.
Thank yourself for keeping your promises and making 2011 a brilliant year.
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I am sure that 2011 will bring an opportunity for you to do some quite extraordinary things.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous year ahead.