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What Do You Need to Clean Up Before the Year Ends?

November 30, 2008

Spring cleaning anyone? A little late perhaps — but as we head towards winter I’ve just spent the last few hours cleaning up and getting rid of old messes that I just don’t need any more. I’m getting ready for a spanking clean-slate new year – and know I’ll have new goals, dreams, hopes for the year ahead. But for some reason, I haven’t been able to fully embrace them or even articulate them because…….well, I’ve been stuck in my mess. Literally and maybe a little bit metaphorically too.


(Photo courtesy of Libbywithnall on Flickr)

I’m not a neat freak. But too much clutter gets me down. Hard to think, hard to create, and just hard to get going when all you see are piles of mess. I subscribe to three papers a day, countless magazines — and well, yada, yada….life’s messes add up. Finally today I got the surge of energy needed to start the process….purge this, toss that, scrub, clean…..and declutter!

Sigh. It feels good. I’m not quite done yet but I’m on a roll. Now that my physical space is decluttering, the next step is my emotional space. I am going to focus some of my year-end reflection on clearing out stuff I no longer need: like old patterns that don’t serve, bad habits that keep me from moving forward in my goals/dreams, all those time and energy wasters, distractors…..and  well, getting the point? Of course, I’ll make sure to keep the good stuff and with the other stuff gone, there will be more room for more good stuff like: creative juices, positive thinking, focused energy, resilience and optimism, etc, .

How about you? What mess do you need to clean up before the year ends? Think physical ‘mess’ but also mental/emotional/etc. And if you did clean that up, what possibilities can you see to fill up that space with more meaningful ‘stuff’ for the year ahead?

 Questions for reflection:

– What are the physical messes bogging you down? Consider both work and personal contexts

– What relationships need to be cleaned up? Or maybe even let go of?

– What old habits are weighing you down and keeping you from being your best and reaching your goals?

-What old assumptions are just getting ‘older’ but not making you any wiser? Get rid of them!

Now imagine for a moment, those messes gone. Imagine new space now to create for the year ahead……….

It’s just around the corner….a month to go. Better get started. I’ll be back soon with some New Year’s reflection thought-starters to further help you along. I do this every year — for myself, my clients and those who are interested (you?).  If you can’t wait, you can always take a peak at last year’s post on this. Just remember to change the date one year forward:)

In the meantime, here’s to creating space for your TGIM worklife!


A Brand New Year…Welcome 2008! Goal-Setting Anyone?

January 1, 2008

Wow… 2008! A brand new year and where I’m at right now is waking up to a snow-blanketed morning. Nice metaphor….everything is fresh, white, anew…just like the brand new year.

(Photo courtesy of Borderfilms Doug on Flickr

It’s been exactly a whole year since I’ve launched this blog. Thank you WordPress for making this blog stuff so accessible! It’s been fun…and I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you Joe Thornley, who encouraged me to start blogging in the first place. Joe is  a pioneer in this kind of social media stuff and was right when he said this would be a rewarding experience. And thank you to all of you who have in some way connected with me and/or this blog this past year. Some of you have subscribed (to the blog and/or even my newsletter….yay!) — and some have  even shared a comment or two here. Thousands of people have in someway connected to this blog. I look forward to more in 2008!

These past few days I’ve been doing a lot of reflection (see post below for Qs to inspire your own reflection). After doing my 2007 ‘completion’ I’m so energized and inspired and ready for the year ahead. Building on my past year, I’ve got new goals, hopes, ambitions…..

How about you?

If you’re into goal-setting or New Year’s resolutions – you might be interested in this article that I’ve written and posted last year at this time. I’ve changed the dates – but the content is still relevant. In essence, it’s a bit of a guide to goal setting for the year ahead.

The gist is as follows: goals are great as they can energize us and move us forward. But goals for goals sake don’t work. They have to be meaningful, relevant, tangible…and some say time-specific (on that last point, I say that’s important for some goals – but others are more ongoing and unfolding in nature. Still, it is important to be regularly checking in on progress and milestones). Also – goals without proper planning and support can end being simply wishful thinking. So make sure your intentions line up well with those goals that are most important to you.

Aristotle was quoted as saying: “Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he reaching out and striving for goals.”

May you have the heart, wisdom and fortitude to reach out and succeed towards your most meaningful goals this year. And if you need any help…..well, I know a coach or two who’s standing by:)

Happy New Year and to a TGIM worklife for the year ahead!


Questions for Your New Year’s Reflection

December 30, 2007

Hello! Another year past– and a fresh new year ahead! It’s just a day and a half till the new year. A perfect opportunity to take some time to reflect. Before jumping ahead to next year’s goals, dreams and resolutions (if you’re so inclined), perhaps you’d like to take some time to complete the year past with some acknowledgements and reflection?

Each year-end I use some of these and other questions to guide my reflection. Perhaps you’ll find them of value to yourself? Take whatever time you like to wonder/ponder/reflect on any or all of these. Consider both your professional and personal life.


1) What accomplishments from the past year are you most proud of?

2) What successes have you forgotten or perhaps overlooked — that you might want to acknowledge yourself for now (e.g. a task well done; new learning; a courageous act; other?)

3) What did you learn about yourself last year?

4) In what way(s) have you grown? Who have you ‘become’ in the evolution of “you”? (e.g. wiser, more courageous, more open….etc.?)

5) What are you choosing to let go of this year so you can begin fresh in the New Year?

6) What were the high points of the past year?

7) What inspiration (a moment, thought/idea; experience) will you carry forward in the year ahead?

8 ) How would you complete the following sentence: “This was the year of ___” (fill in the blank with a word or phrase that captures a theme most meaningful for you)


1) What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?

2) What do you want more of in the year ahead?

3) What do you want less of?

4) What new learning goals do you have for yourself for the year ahead?

5) What other goals are important to you right now?

6) How will you actualize these goals?

7) What structures/plans/supports will you put in place to make them happen and keep you “on your game”?

8 ) How will you have fun this year?

9) What will ‘balance’ look like to you this year? And how will you honour that?

10) What relationships will you invest more of yourself in this year?

11) In what way would you like to see yourself grow (i.e. via experience, personal development, other)

12) How would you complete the following sentence: “This will be the year of ___” (identify a phrase that conveys a theme most meaningful to you).

These are just a few ‘thought-starter’ questions….but hopefully they’ll inspire your own meaningful year-end/New Year reflection.

Parting word…

The one who asks questions doesn’t lose his way” (Akan proverb)

To celebrating the year past and beginning a fresh new TGIM year!



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