As we close out one year and ring in another, many people tend to get sentimental and reflect upon the ending of another year. What has your year been like? A year comprises:

• 365 days
• 8,760 hours
• 525,600 minutes
• 31,536,000 seconds

How is your year ending? One dictionary definition for “end” is the point in time when an action, an event, or a phenomenon ceases or is completed; the conclusion.

For some of you it has been a year where:

• Jobs ended
• Dear ones suffered and may have died
• A relationship ended
• Nature’s destruction forever changed your way of life

For others of you this has been a year that was filled with much excitement, happy times, accomplishment, success and opportunities. The other shoe didn’t drop when the unexpected occurred.

Either way, these 365 days are coming to a close. You’ve traded a year in your life for it. Kevin Welch stated, “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ‘em, but all that’s going to matter is that little dash between ‘em.”

This year was one portion of that dash. One year is ending and another is beginning. A beginning – a new start – an opportunity to take a first step at something. What changes could you make in this year that will impact the remainder of the dash? What one change could you make this year that would add momentum to make other changes?

So when December 31st rolls around and a wave of sentimentality hits you, think about those 8,760 hours; 525,600 minutes; and 31,536,000 seconds. What will you trade a year in your life for?

Author's Bio: 

Jan Hinton is a life and business coach. She is passionate about helping people find their focus. Learn more about her results-oriented coaching services at