As 2011 comes to a close, many people have started thinking about the New Year. And with the New Year comes new resolutions and new goals. “But wait a minute,” before you can focus on the new, you need closure on the old.

There is a simple four step process for gaining closure. It might be simple, but it does take some time. I typically start in October with this process but because we’re in December here are some easy steps to take to begin the closure process. Be sure to take the last few weeks of December seriously and take on these steps.”

First take out a sheet of paper and follow these four steps.

1. Write down your accomplishments. These are the things you recognize as accomplishments, things you have received accolades for and that others have acknowledged about you. Don’t censor or down play your accomplishments. It’s important to write them all down, the big and the small things. If you’ve had a major accomplishment and you blew right past it trying to achieve something else, STOP and write that accomplishment down. There are many accomplishments that go unnoticed each year and rather than shine a light on the accomplishment we focus on how we failed. Write down all accomplishments

2. Write down what you planned to accomplish but didn’t. This is simple so don’t make it hard. Only write down what you didn’t accomplish, period. This is not the time to reflect or look for a deeper meaning. There is a step for that but not in this step!

3.  Now, go back to Step 1 and celebrate “all” of your accomplishments. Share your success! I mean have a big celebration. Tell your friends, post it on Facebook, tweet it or go out to dinner. Until the end of the year, indulge in your successes. Perhaps have your News Year’s Eve party be about accomplishments and achievements of the year.  Give yourself a big pat on the back and allow others to do so with you.

4. Do not proceed to this step until you have celebrated your success with at least five people and on a couple of different occasions. Go back to Step 2 and ask yourself what got in the way of achieving the goal. Go deep and really investigate the whys. If you need help, consider having a coach or other confidante help you with this step.  One thing to consider here is, if your answer to what got in the way is the same thing that always gets in your way, investigate it even more. The power to bring closure lies in your ability to find what truly hinders your success. This is not to be a pity party but rather an eye opening experience that will help you create an amazing 2012!

Once you know how you have gotten to where you are right now, you are in a position to make real and lasting change. You have to take a serious look at the good and the bad that has led you to this present moment before you can create a personal and powerful vision of your future.

If you struggle with the completion process and want to start an amazing year, don’t hesitate to call me for a complimentary coaching session.

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Lisa Thomas is the CEO of The P3 Group, Inc. and The P3 Group International, LLC, publisher of The P3 Power Boost Online Magazine, host of The P3 Power Boost Radio Show, and President of the Board of Directors of NetWorth. She is a 20-year veteran in business, executive leadership and performance coaching/consulting. She has worked extensive with corporate call centers, executives and small business enterprises. She’s been a featured columnist and business strategist on Affiliate NPR, WFDD, The Cary News, Fox 8 and numerous NBC affiliate stations.

Lisa is best known for her business and leadership acumen and is widely recognized her ability to develop leaders to be more effective. Lisa is also a sought after keynote speaker on various topics women in leadership face. She generously donates her time and expertise to a number of organizations and worthy causes, including NetWorth, the Business Succession Forum Network, and the Hazel B. Neal Foundation, for which she recently was recognized with the woman of Power, Purpose and Vision award. In her downtime, she can be found practicing yoga, cycling, swimming, reading a good book or spending time with family and friends.

Lisa Thomas
CEO/Sr. Business Strategist
The P3 Group, Inc.

 

 

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