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New year planning inspiration for life and business

I have always found it essential at this time of year to review the past year and plan for the next. This year I’m particularly excited about what’s to come. 2013 is already shaping up to be a huge year. And I have collected some great resources to help with planning that I thought I’d share with you in case you need a little inspiration or help with getting 2013 off to a great start.

Firstly, if you haven’t checked out Danielle La Porte – do. She is inspiring. Check out this video for ‘making it happen’ as a starting point. Her philosophy on goal setting is to first identify your core desired feelings – how do you want to feel most of the time? Strong, smart, confident etc. Then plan actions to create those feelings. There’s more in her webinar here.

For looking back over the past year and learning from it, Robin Sharma has some great points. What were your top business lessons from 2012? Take that and grow in 2013. Check out more great resources on his site.

For some great articles to help you refine your goals and make sure you are on the right track (hint: do you read your goals and think ‘Yes! Awesome!’. If not, try again!), try BRW’s How to accomplish your new year resolutions, HBR’s Consider Not Setting Goals in 2013 for an interesting take and my friend and former colleague Dionne’s post with notable points on money not being a motivator. And here’s a quick video from the Chopra Well on setting intentions for the new year.

In case that’s not enough revving you up for 2013, here’s a short video about life = risk. I’ve become a firm believer that risk taking in life and business is essential to expanding your horizons, learning, growing and achieving. Enjoy.

Do you have any resources you love for goal setting and new year focusing? Add them to the comments, I’d love to explore more as I finalise my own plans.

If one of your intentions is to try some new things in your local area this year, watch out for our 30 days of customer engagement inspiration coming soon. Subscribe to this blog to keep in touch or sign up here.

Wishing you a prosperous new year.

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