Thoughts For The Year Ahead

By January 1, 2009 Motivation 11 Comments

Rather than making New Year’s resolutions, I like to remind myself of the following:

1. Move On From The Past

I could look back on the previous year and kick myself for perceived ‘failures’ that might have happened or things I ‘should have’ done better. This may sound negative but it can be human nature to do this, and I like to acknowledge the way the human mind sometimes works. It would be easy for me to say ‘Just focus on your achievements and successes’ – and while this is excellent advice, it’s sometimes easily forgotten.

So, if you do find yourself looking back on last year and berating yourself for perceived ‘failures’, what’s important is to realize that these ‘failures’ have already happened. They are in the past and cannot be changed.

What you can change is how you act RIGHT NOW, which will create a better future and a more successful year ahead.

Remember – ‘Today is the tomorrow you created yesterday’.

Never use the past as an excuse for not creating success in the present and therefore the future. Learn from your ‘failures’ and know what NOT to do next time!

2. Life Is A Continual Journey Of Improvement

We are all works in progress. We may want to be ‘perfect’ but this is impossible! I remind myself that ‘progress’ rather than ‘perfection’, is what we should all aim for.

3. Monitor Your Thoughts

Keep monitoring your thoughts on a daily basis. Strive to think positively for the majority of the time. Don’t focus on negative news reports in the media because if you feed a negative mindset, your actions will be influenced negatively.

4. Work Your Plan

Nothing can replace a well-thought-out plan. Planning replaces wishful thinking. What is your ideal destination in life, and what are the steps that you need to take to get there?

Once you have your plan laid out, don’t get complacent. You may diligently plan a car journey from A to B, which is all well and good. But in addition to that, you need to actually get in your car and drive your planned route, navigating the inevitable obstacles you’ll encounter, so that you reach your final destination.

And so, without further ado, I’m going to hop in my car, start the engine, and travel smoothly, but surely, into the New Year.

Please add your comments below!


  • Linda Turner says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for the reminder about the past……..because I was beating myself up today about 2008. And to tell you the truth, nothing happened because it was in the plan.
    I do believe that we each have a designated plan for our lives, all ready worked out when we are born into this life.

    I have started to work on my plan my vision is in sight and I have taken off, traveling smoothly into 2009. No Regrets!

  • Kathy Lund says:

    Happy New Year Lisa!

    You have hit the nail on the head with this one. We look back at 2008 and think of all we didn’t succeed in instead of what was positive. I’m 100% guilty of that. In fact, I was so depressed by thinking the whole year was a complete failure, I didn’t really enjoy the happiness of attending a New Year’s Eve wedding or the beginning of a New Year.

    Thank goodness for you! It’s going to be a beautiful day (no matter how cold) because I will compile a plan of goals with road maps on how to get there. The experiences in 2008 have just educated me in making the trip smoother!

  • Marina says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for the good insights. It really makes me to reflect, I had a few planned ideas in 2008, the one I worked on wasn’t successful and other I didn’t
    follow through. It reminds me to stay positive and start driving to the planned route besides the obstacles, specially influenced negatively by family and situations.

  • Joy Sanchez says:

    Hi Lisa,

    You hit it right when you told us to monitor our thoughts. I realized how important it is to think positively especially during bad days. Thinking positively is more productive than being pessimistic.

    I agree with you fully with your reminders. It is really better than making resolutions that were seldom accompllished.

  • Jackie Eden says:

    Hi Lisa,

    This is the first day of the new year here in the USA so let me start by saying “Happy New Year.”

    As always, you have shared more good and positive thoughts with your fans. Your prospective refreshes my thoughts and gives me hope and direction for positive growth efforts into the new year.

    Thanks again!

  • Lourdes Hernandez says:

    Happy New Year Lisa,

    Thank you for your words of wisdom and your constant reminder of moving forward.
    When you concentrate on the past you lose focus on the future.
    I am so pleased that I have started my VA business and going forward full speed ahead to become successful in 2009.
    I will keep you posted.

  • Mandu says:

    Happy New Year Lisa!
    Thanks for that it was very much needed. I am still a FT student/ SAHM/Aspiring WAHM and am always wondering when I am going to complete Medical Transcription, let alone start my online business.
    So I am focusing on what I can do and concentrate on for 2009. I have already chose to not hang around negative people for my sanity and my own family. Onward to 2009, may it be better than the last year and an improvement on my goals for the New Year too!

    No Regrets!

  • Lisa Taliga says:

    Thank you! All your positive comments are making me feel even more positive about the year ahead of us!

  • Vicky says:

    Happy New Year Lisa,

    What you said is really thought provoking and so true. Thank you for making me look forward instead of dwelling in the past.

  • Susan Weeks says:

    Happy New year to You All.
    Its very impotant to stay focused on what you are trying to achieve, even if people don’t undestand what you are trying to do, and its excellent advice for anyone that progress is better than perfection – I will remind my partner of that!
    A prosperous 2009 to everyone.

  • Lynne says:

    Happy New Year! Lisa, you are so right about thinking positive. So many negative experiences have occurred for me and my family in 2008 that we never thought we’d see the end of it. However, my husband and I are strong-willed and refuse to let anything get us down. So, we stand tall, work harder and push to succeed. Nothing will get us down this year! The true spirit of faith and the joy of working together as a family helps to get through tough times. Good luck to all in 2009. As my husband and I keep repeating… “we will be fine in 2009!”

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