Happy New Year’s EVE to you! I’ve spent this morning reflecting on 2019 and all that it has brought to my life. The most significant for me was writing, editing, and publishing my first book, Peace Over Water: Downsizing to a Yacht.

However, I need to give credit where credit is due—credit beyond the acknowledgments in my book. Back in January of this year, I worked through a book that gave me the inspiration to take on this project in the first place. It even gave me the guts to put together a plan to take a sabbatical year to get it done. (See my previous post about this decision, “This Teacher is Taking a Gap Year,” using the LinkedIn button at the top of my page.)

The book, written by bestselling author and leadership mentor Michael Hyatt, is Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals. When I finished the book and worked through each step of the included action plans, I was ready to take on every one of the goals I had written down. 

As usual, I was way too ambitious; of the ten goals, I hit three of them completely, the remaining goals only partially. Although that doesn’t sound like a winning percentage, I nevertheless accomplished more this year than I had dared to hope. I’m now just as excited to work through the book again as I set—and reset—my goals for 2020.

What would you like to see come to pass in the new year? Have you already made a plan? No, there is nothing magical about setting goals in January. There’s much to be said, however, for thinking through where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to be in your life.

Not sure what you’d most like to work on? Take Michael Hyatt’s Lifescore™ Assessment, linked below, to do a little brainstorming. Share your goals with someone you trust. Feel free to post them here. I’ll post a few too. Let’s encourage one another to make 2020 our best year ever, whatever that may mean to each of us.



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