Find Happiness in 2011

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.

Celebrate 2010

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.

Get support

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.


If you’d like to share your plans for 2011, please leave a comment.  If you’d like regular updates to support you in making 2011 happy and successful, click here to subscribe to our blog posts.

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.

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  1. Phil
    December 22, 2010 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I’m planning to take a portrait photography class, run a marathon, learn how to be more present and hold regular dinner parties to see old friends. What are you committing to in 2011?

  2. December 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Hey Phil
    Its been awhile since I’ve been on here. Excellent layout here. In 2011 I am committing to building my blog into a full time livable income and living a location independent lifestyle, by staying true to my message of positivity, and inspiring others from the inside-out to live their dreams in real time.

  3. Jaime
    December 30, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I am planning to also do a photography course, have two articles published, start a travel blog and visit Colombia.

  4. Phil
    January 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Baker – love your resolutions – staying committed to your message and building your dreams. Could their be a better way to spend 2011?

    Jaime – I love your ambition and drive. Some big and exciting challenges there. I think 2011 will be a great one for you.

  5. February 21, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    You know, every year, I await the next year. Like last year 2010, I waited dearly for 2011. I wanted to change my life. I realized that I am just being a negative person.

    But 2011 has come, it’s already the 2nd month, but nothing has changed, and now I am waiting dearly for 2012 :/
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