Defining Your Year

by Liisa Kyle, Ph.D. on 01/04/2017

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You are a busy person juggling many projects, ideas, and talents.  You’ve got a lot going on.  If you could choose, what kind of year would you like 2017 to be?

It’s up to you.  If you wish, you can orchestrate the upcoming year around whatever is important to you at this point in your life.

What is your number one priority?  What kind of tone would you like to set for the New Year?  If you gave 2017 a theme, what would it be?

Susan’s number one priority in 2017 is to have fun.  Keith would like to focus on his health.  Maria is calling 2017 her “Year of Relaxation” while Clive is looking forward a “Year of Positivity”.  Sandra would like to devote the year to getting organized in every area of her life.  Marta is alarmed by recent events and would like to dedicate the next twelve months to “Action”.

What kind of year would you like 2017 to be?  What would you love to do this year?

Maybe you’d like to travel.  Or to learn.  Or to create.  Or to do good deeds.  Perhaps you’d like this to be the “Year of Music”.  Maybe you’ve been overly career driven so this is the year you’ve like to give more attention to “Home”.

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Activity:  Take a few moments to identify your top priority or theme for the next twelve months.  Define it in a word or phrase.

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Once you’ve identified the overall theme for your year, take some time to think about what that means to you.

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Activity:   Write your top priority or theme on a blank page.  Doodle around it.  Jot down words or phrases that pop into your head when you think about your theme.  Sketch or draw.  If you wish, go through magazines and clip out images or words to glue onto the page.

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Next take a few more minutes to contemplate how you could implement your theme in different areas of your life.

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Activity:  Clear ten uninterrupted minutes to brainstorm answers to the following questions:

  • When you think about your top priority for 2017, what kinds of activities or events would constitute a great year for you?
  • When you think about your top priority for 2017, who would you like to be a part of your year?  Who would you like to spend time with? With whom would you like to have less contact?
  • As you think about your top priority for 2017, what would you like to do, experience, learn, acquire, or accomplish in your personal life?
  • As you think about your top priority for 2017, what would you like to do, experience, learn, acquire, or accomplish in your work life?

After you conclude your brainstorm, review your answers.  Circle the one to five items that are most important and most appealing to you.

Rewrite this list of top ideas and put it somewhere you will see it every day (e.g. on your computer, in your phone, on a Post-It by your toothbrush).

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If you’d like more ideas about Making the Most of 2017, check out my book:  http://bit.ly/MakeTheMostof2017

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