Thanks to Tambre Leighn for sharing her posts as cameo contributor! Tambre is a certified professional coach. She is a published author and is currently writing her memoir about recreating her life after losing her husband to cancer nine years ago. Tambre specializes in guiding clients during periods of major transition.

In the impending rush of the December holidays, don’t let January 1st catch you by surprise. It’s easy to fall prey to the preparations, shopping, cooking, parties and other festivities that are all part of this last month of the year. But end of the year is also a great opportunity to find a moment to slow down, take stock and evaluate five key things:

1. everything you accomplished in 2010 ~ two hands clapping loudly for this list of I did its!
2. places where you lived below your potential or off the path of inspired living ~ acknowledge these items not as ways you fell short but as places where there is potential for growth next year
3. what’s working
4. what’s not
5. areas that need cleaning up to create space for what’s next…this can be actual clutter in a closet, an office or other physical space or in areas such as relationships. See if you can find ways to clear out and complete these things so you begin January with a fresh slate.

By the time you’ve taken stock in these five key areas, you will have all the information you need to generate a plan for successfully closing out the year. There is no need, no value and not a lot of anabolic or positive energy to be had by carrying 2010 baggage into 2011.

[See below] for the steps on how to clean up and clear out the year to be ready to design and step into an ah-mazing 2011. It won’t happen magically just because you hope it will be different. Ah-mazing comes when you consciously create an action plan that is in alignment with your core values and a life that inspires you. Follow today’s steps one through five […] and you will be well on your way.

[… you] made your notes on the five key areas and celebrated. Next steps…

1. everything you accomplished in 2010~this now becomes a reference point for knowing that when you choose a goal, plan action steps and include some accountability, whether to yourself, a friend or a coach, you can accomplish major changes and goals. On days in 2011 when you come up against the “I don’t know hows” or the “I can’ts” go back to this list and remind yourself, you CAN!
2. places where you lived below your potential or off the path of inspired living ~ Review this list and check in to see if any areas you marked as areas that were less inspired or below your potential are still valid goals for you. Sometimes as we grow, certain issues or concerns fall by the wayside as we take on bigger things even more in alignment with who we are becoming. Toss aside what no longer fits and then create an action plan for those things remaining on the list. You’ll need some tools to keep you on task if these things already fell by the wayside once. Will that be coaching, a mastermind group, a call with a friend?
3. what’s working ~ another place to celebrate. Just check in from time to time to make sure all is well in these areas.
4. what’s not ~ prioritize the places where you feel stuck, uninspired, working below your potential. If you imagine yourself standing at the end of 2011, what shifts would you most want to see in your life? Now, review #2 above as to how you plan to make these shifts a reality.
5. areas that need cleaning up to create space for what’s next ~ did you get all your clean up done? If not, schedule one or two things a week so that by the end of January you feel 100% with whatever you needed to complete in 2010.

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