Will this be your Best Year Yet?

By December 31, 2010 Mindset 5 Comments

I hope you’re all having a wonderful festive season so far.

I am touched that over 50 of you have taken the time to comment personally on my “I’m back” blog post.  Please revisit that post to read my answers to the questions some of you asked!


I usually like to use the relatively “quiet” week between Christmas and New Year to work through a great book that I have which is called “Your Best Year Yet” by Jinny Ditzler. It’s an annual “life review”which she has been teaching for 25 years in live workshops and is now available in book form.

You can read more about the book on Amazon. I heard about the book from my very good friend Sheina!


By working through the book, you answer 10 key questions about the year just gone and the year about to arrive. It helps you to learn from the past, change limiting beliefs to powerful ones, establish your personal values and set goals based on your values.

You also decide on a main “role” to focus on for next year, which could be related to your career or personal life. This helps you cut through the noise of everyday life and focus energy on your most important priorities. I like the way Jinny encourages you to come up with goals which tie in to your values, as this makes it more likely you will achieve goals which are meaningful. She provides a lot of useful information and tips for planning your daily, weekly and yearly objectives too!

At the end of your self driven “workshop”, you end up a simple one page plan for next year which you can keep in view so you don’t lose sight of what you’re working towards.  Note: This is not meant to replace your detailed business plan. Think of the “Best Year Yet” plan as an overall “life plan”.

The “Best Year Yet” is profound, simple and easy to follow. The first time I did it was a year ago and it has been a wonderful tool to keep me focused not only on my business goals but personal, social and health goals. I haven’t done as much as I’d hoped, but I guess my personal relationship challenges and major upheaval played a part in that.

This method goes beyond setting “New Year’s Resolutions” which seem like a good idea at the time but quickly lose their veneer without any solid foundation behind them. Usually New Year’s resolutions become some kind of wishlist that never seems to eventuate!

Anyway, here are some snippets from my Best Year Yet workshop/plan so far:

What did I accomplish?
•    I moved out of a long-term relationship which was no longer beneficial
•    I moved into a new place which I love
•    I continued successfully running my freelance business with existing clients and getting new clients

What did I learn?
•    That taking the hard way is often the best way
•    It’s important to be around positive energy

Guidelines for next year

•    I will break large projects into small steps
•    I will take consistent, focused action on the projects which are meaningful to me

How do I limit myself?
•    By allowing fear to get in the way of achieving bigger goals
•    By allowing perfectionism to prevent me going for greater challenges
•    By allowing myself to become overwhelmed

What are my personal values (in no particular order)
•    Inspiring and helping others
•    Integrity
•    Persistence
•    Determination
•    Taking care of my health

What role do I want to take on 
•    To mentor and inspire freelancers to achieve their own successful work at home/work anywhere business

Now I just need to take consistent, focused action to make next year my Best Year Yet!

How about you? Any thoughts, questions or comments? What would make next year your Best Year Yet?


  • Love your honesty Lisa. Much of what you’ve put down would apply to all of us so well done for putting it out there!

    I am going through this process myself this week and find it also very useful to remind yourself of all the things you achieved in the last twelve months – we can often be so focused on what we are still wanting to gain or do we don’t absorb all that good energy from the milestones we are achieving along the way.

    I look forward to watching you grow in 2011 – enjoy.

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  • Debra says:

    I would like the New Year to be more productive. I want to be able to stay home and work where if my husband or sons need me, I am here. And of course, get out from under all the medical bills. Happy New Year!

  • Tanya Mackey says:


    Truly an inspiration. I am sitting on my couch in the Bahamas ans reflecting. My freelance business did not pan out the way that I wanted and it was my fault because I did do prioritize as I should have done.

    Would really like some guidance fromyou. Do not mind paying for your help.

    Happy New Year
    All the way from Nassau, Bahamas

  • Vivienne Phillips says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I was wondering what had happened to your emails & updates & it’s good to know you’re back in full swing. I look forward to hearing more about your course in the near future & wish you all the best for 2011. Onwards & Upwards!

    Kind regards,

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