2011 is winding to a close, another tear has passed, and we are all planning to spend some quality time with the people we love relaxing and having fun. These next few days are a perfect time to sit and reflect on everything that has happened or not happened during the past year. This solo time is a wonderful opportunity to learn all the lessons that 2011 has to offer and to see how you can project these lessons into 2012 and beyond, so that you can improve.

Make a conscious effort to visualise 2012 as your best year ever. The success you enjoy next year is not going to just show up. It will be the result of careful planning and taking consistent action, which you consistently measure and adjust until you realise all your goals. As you sit and reflect on deliberate and journal all the good and bad of 2011, carefully record all the opportunities for improvement and give yourself time to reward yourself for all your successes. Once you have completed this crucial exercise it is now time to finalise and clarify your vision for 2012, explore your values and define and clarify your goals.

Your success in 2012 will depend on how well you are able to accept responsibility for creating everything in your life. If you continue to blame your external conditions for your lack of progress, you will remain trapped in a life that seems to go nowhere. Your .beliefs and fears are the major factor that is limiting your progress and sabotaging your success. It is time to accept that you are responsible for creating the conditions that will support your success and to stop blaming anything else for your lack of growth. Create an awareness of the one person that is standing in your way and commit to remove this limiting factor forever. That person that is standing in your way is no one other than YOU. You have the power to make new choices and to drive new and better results in 2012.

You attract success by the person you become. Your net worth will never exceed your level of self-development or self-esteem. The more you are able to learn, grow and display the full extent of your unlimited potential on a daily basis, the more likely it is that everything you desire will turn up. Make a real commitment to your on-going growth and development in 2012 and you will set the foundation for creating an incredible year filled with success.

It is time to stop diluting your efforts in 2012, make this your year for prioritisation and complete focus. The only way to master your life and to begin to play in the big league is to choose a few priorities, no more than three at a time and to then focus all your energy on completing these. Make the leap from being busy and move yourself into the realm of efficiency and productivity.

Action Idea: Set time aside every day to work on your life, switch off technology and do some real valuable work every day. Focus your energy on learning new behaviours that will support your success.

The best way to become a real winner in 2012 is to commit to outlearn, outwork and outperform the old you in every way. Create new daily habits to read and commit to ferociously improve every facet of your life and constantly improve the way you think and live. The secret to make all this work is to start enjoying every step in the journey next year. Ensure that you make time to relax and rejuvenate on a regular basis, just have fun and enjoy the simple things in life.

I wish everyone a wonderful festive season and a wonderful 2012. May your year be filled with prosperity and all the love and grace you can handle.


Author's Bio: 

Andrew is an expert and master teacher that speaks and teaches self-leadership, expanded awareness, effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. He guides individuals and business professionals, to identify, prioritise and carry out the right activities, consistently, so that they can maximise their personal effectiveness and deliver their best; on time, every time. All the tools and techniques Andrew teaches; have been tested in the laboratory of his own life and the many successful businesses he has owned and led, over the past 20 years. These strategies have seen Andrew achieve financial independence and reach a point of harmonious balance in all areas of his life. His purpose is to help as many people as possible, achieve similar or better results and to show them how they can realise their full potential, both personal and professionally and to help them live a meaningful life, where they are fulfilled in all areas. http://www.andrewhorton.co.za