Completion of 2012 and Beginning 2013

The end of the year typically finds us setting resolutions and gearing up for new and wonderful events to come. And I have a question for you as we stand one-month deep into this new year of 2013:

How are those resolutions working for you?

If you are like millions of other folks, the emotional drive and enthusiasm around your resolutions is wearing thin. If this shoe fits, here’s a way to take that one off and have a stronger more sustainable means to walking stronger through 2013.

Instead of having a set of resolutions, complete your 2012 with this activity. Then, once a month review the list of questions and make notes about how you might answer the same questions at the end of 2013.

Completing and Remembering 2012

What was your biggest triumph in 2012?

What was the smartest decision you made in 2012?

What one word best sums up and describes your 2012 experience?

What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2012?

What was the most loving service you performed in 2012?

What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2012?

What are you most happy about completing in 2012?

Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2012?

What was the biggest risk you took in 2012?

What was the biggest surprise in 2012?

What important relationship improved the most in 2012?

What compliment would you liked to have received in 2012?

What compliment would you liked to have given in 2012?

What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2012?

Creating 2013

What would you like to be your greatest triumph in 2013?

What advice would you like to give yourself in 2013?

What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in 2013?

What would you be most happy about completing in 2013?

What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2013?

What would you like to change about yourself in 2013?

What are you looking forward to learning in 2013?

What do you think will be your greatest risk in 2013?

What you most committed to changing about your work and improving in 2013?

What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2013?

What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2013?

Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2013?

What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2013?
Borrowed from Robin Blanc Mascari

Instead of setting resolutions, take a humorous approach to archiving the major events that occur to you during this year. Then when the year wraps up, take your archives and build your own movie review of these events. You can see an example of MSN’s year in review.

If something like this appeals to you, just head out to and find the “year in review” templates awaiting your creative genius.

Finally, another way to enhance your experiences during 2013 is to trade out the practice of having resolutions to the practice of having a theme.

Allow the spirit and nature of this theme to guide your behaviors each week, each month and through-out the year. This year my theme word is JOY. I decided to capture this theme in an intention collage that I view each week.
Some of my clients love wearing their theme in a piece of jewelry as you find here:
And if this practice of allowing a theme to lead your actions instead of resolutions, you might like visiting
Edwards and One Little Word:

Review And Set Intentions For The New Year

Robin Blanc Mascari is a modern day pioneer. Her distinct power starts in her optimism as it beckons us to step into the undiscovered territory that often lies between our own wisdom and what inspiration is trying to tell us. Robin is here to inspire others to grow and become the most expanded version of themselves.

I have come to know her through the dynamics of a free program called 30-Minutes of Wisdom. Robin has co-created this offering with her husband Gregory. You can participate every Friday via the Enlightened Network.

But let me digress back to the year 1986. At that time Robin was at a breakfast gathering where one of the attendees gifted the group with a set of 86 questions. These questions were designed to help each individual review 1986 mindfully and prepare for 1987. The exercise appealed to Robin.

She went home and took time to thoughtfully complete all 86 questions. Then Robin culminated the exercise by sharing her answers with a friend. Upon reflection she tracked the time this project had taken. The tally added up to several hours which inspired her to craft a shortened, more user-friendly version.

Over time, as each year came to an end Robin handed out her revised set of questions.

Subsequently, she has heard stories from hundreds of people expressing the wonderful experiences they have had with her set of questions.

Today, with Robin’s permission I share the questions with you. Perhaps you’ll find them as valuable as I have. And if that is the case, feel free to share them with others as Robins has. Or follow her example by printing several sets off, roll them up with ribbon and gift them to important people in your life.

  1. Click here to see the 28 Questions: Completing and Remembering 2011
  2. If you have discovered value in this article, feel free to participate in this up coming 30-Minutes of Wisdom call: Reviewing And Setting Intentions For The New Year on Friday December 23 2011.
  3. Worried you might miss out on this call? Don’t worry. You can go here and review the recordings of 30-Minutes of Wisdom.



Read Lyns Alternative to New Years Resolutions.

Step Away From Resolutions

With less than a month left of 2011 it’s time to start letting go of resolutions. That’s right. I’m a big proponent of staying free and clear of New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I advocate the practice of allowing a “theme” to guide your year.

Resolutions tend to be fueled by an emotional, knee jerk reaction sort of desire. Consequently this brand of motivational fuel burns quickly resulting in the early death of many a New Year’s resolve. I admit that the practice of setting an annual theme is not for everyone. However, it has become a solid and stabilizing practice that has afforded me and many of my clients with just enough structure to nurture a productive, year-long self-improvement.

If you’re interested here’s how we do it:

In a meditative moment (you may skip this step if you know your theme already) discover what theme is begging to guide your year. It might be something you want or need to have such as:




The next step is to find or designate an Icon for your theme. Typically this entails selecting a physical object that can become your visual reminder. It becomes a friendly reminder to align with your theme through-out the year.  Sometimes it helps if the object is relatively new or recently refurbished. The key is that the energy of your icon should be a good match with the new resolve embodied within your theme.

If your theme is “Finding Laughter” a Happy Buddha statue might become your icon. If “Attracting Wealth” is your theme, you might consider carrying a $1,000,000 dollar bill around in your wallet.

The final step is to place your icon in a predominate spot. As you encounter the icon, allow it to remind you to align your actions with your theme. Some people keep a journal of the large and small steps they took to remain true to their theme. At the end of each year they find it productive to review these notes, acknowledge their personal growth and prepare for next year’s theme.

If you’d like to step away from New Year’s resolutions and join our “Theme-based” practice, I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to post your themes, related pictures and experiences here!