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Will 2014 be just the NEXT year or a truly happy NEW year?
Will this new year of 2014 be a new year for you? Or will it just be the next year?

The only way it will be new is if you make it new, otherwise it will just be the next year, 2014. New implies ‘different from what has been occurring.’ So if your experiences in 2013, your emotions, your activities, behaviours, skills, responses, relationships, etc. were not exactly what you ‘just want more of’, then make them different.

For the year of 2014 to be new, there’s something that you have to do. You have to create some new frames, new meanings, new movies in your mind, and new outcomes to go for. Have you done that? Will you do that? And while you do have the power to do this (all humans do), you will only actually achieve this by taking control of your goals. That’s the real secret to how to have a happy New Year.

Steps for a Happy New Year

  1. 1. State the goal in positive terms. Describe the present situation and compare it with the desired future goal. Where are you now? Where do you want to be? What do you want? State it in the positive. What do you want to achieve?
  2. Specify the goal in sensory based terms. What will you see, hear, feel, etc., when you have it? What steps or stages are involved in reaching this goal? Engage all of your senses in this description. Break down your goal into small enough chunks so that each is do-able.
  3. Specify the goal in a way that you find compelling. Is the goal compelling? Does it pull on you? Make it a compelling future representation. When you see your goal, see yourself in the picture where you already have what you want.
  4. Run a quality control check on your goal to make sure it is good for you in all areas of your life. Is your goal appropriate in all of your personal relationships? What will having your goal cause you to lose? Does it respect your health and relationships? Run a quality check to make sure that your goal fits every part.
  5. Check that it can be self-initiated and maintained. Test your goal by asking if it is something that you have within your power or ability to do. Is it within your control? It must not be something dependent on other people.
  6. State the context of the goal. Is the goal appropriately contextualised? Test your goal by applying it to a context: when, where, with who, etc. to make sure that it is going to be fitting and appropriate. Readjust your goal to make sure that it fits.
  7. State the resources needed to achieve the goal. What resources will you need in order to get this goal? Who will you have to become? Who else has achieved this goal? What prevents you from moving toward it and attaining it now?
  8. Evidence procedure. How will you know that your goal has been realised? What is the final step that is proof that you have got what you want?

May 2014 be much more than a next year, may it be a new year for you!

As your QASSP Service Officer I offer members a complimentary telephone session to help you clarify your goals. I look forward to your call.

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