Hau`oli Makahiki Hou!

New Year's decorations

This is a repeat of a post I write periodically for the first of a new year. It’s been nine years since I last posted this, so it seemed appropriate to post it again as we leave 2021 behind us.

Tonight at midnight, it will become 2022. I’ve never believed in making resolutions for the New Year. What I like to do instead is set goals or intentions, both long-term and short-term. These are usually in several categories.

My favorite book for this is Your Best Year Yet! by Jinny S. Ditzler. It’s just a little paperback that asks ten questions “for making the next twelve months your most successful ever.” I’ve used it for the past twenty years or longer, not only for myself but for my students and friends.

This book can be used in any area of your life, from income to relationships to self-esteem. One reason I love this book is that it starts out with looking at what you accomplished over the past year. This acknowledges the positive aspects of your life rather than just those things that didn’t work out.

We may think we know what we want for our life, but until it is written down with a bit of structure and planning, it goes nowhere. We cannot leave our life up to chance.

At the end of just a few hours you end up with a one-page summary of your plan for the next year. They become your own words of wisdom for the year. This kind of exercise can help to change your life from merely “good” to “great!” That’s something we all deserve!

May you create joy and abundance in all things this next year!

I’m off to work on my own 2022 goals!

Hau`oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!)

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