For some, the New Year starts at the stroke of midnight, January 1. It’s full of Old Lang Syne, champagne, kisses and resolutions. For others, like us, the New Year starts the Tuesday after Labour Day. It aligns with the start of school, and fall, and pumpkin spice lattes. For others, it could be the start of a new fiscal year. Regardless of when your New Year (official or otherwise) starts, we can all agree that it tends to be filled with reflection, visioning and plans.
When reading books we often become wary of numbered steps guaranteed to improve anything. You know the types – from weight loss to making money, from unlocking your potential to living a life a happiness. That’s why we approached Michael Hyatt’s “Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals” with mild trepidation. The book’s website boldly proclaims that:
“YOUR BEST YEAR EVER holds the secret to achieving your greatest goals. It’s Hyatt’s proven 5-step plan to finding the clarity, courage, and sustained commitment you need to make 2018 your best year ever.“
But, we still took the bait. While not revolutionary, Hyatt’s bite-sized morsels of knowledge are a good reminder of how each of us can move closer to achieving our big dreams. Some takeaways? Don’t dismiss regret. Like gratitude, regret can create opportunities. Hyatt also reminds us that in order to run the big race, you’ve got to start with small steps, get into your stride and make it past the “finish line”. And, finally, the reminder to look at yourself when trying to understand what’s holding you back.
Regardless of when you celebrate it, Happy New Year from all of us at BarnRaising – may you make this your best year ever.