Out with the old, in with the new.

A couple of weeks ago, I had all sorts of brilliant ideas I wanted to implement before the new year. I very quickly realized I was biting off more than I could chew, that I was a little too late for that.

Instead of pushing the issue and not enjoying the prospect of those new ideas, I decided to take my foot off the accelerator. I figured it would be way better for my business to use this last month to reflect and plan for 2015. I want to set myself up for a successful year and really appreciate all the wonderful things that happened in 2014.

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Does that scenario resonate with you? Would you like to do the same? Here’s my little secret recipe to make the most of the coming new year.

1. Log off and connect. If you follow me on social media, you might already have noticed that things are a little more silent on my feed. Disconnecting from all the social platforms helps you to be more present and connect with what’s happening right now.

2. Calm minds are more creative. Creativity happens when you’re not pushing it. Ever noticed how you have the most brilliant plan or solution when you’re going for a run, taking a shower, or while considering a totally unrelated topic? Your subconscious mind is always working for you, and it will come up with the perfect solution for you. You have to trust.

3. Do more of what works and forget what doesn’t. OK, now that your mind is calmer and clearer, start thinking of what worked really well for you this year. How can you build on it for the next one? What didn’t work? Leave it and come up with a new plan.

4. Focus on your new dreams and goals for 2015. What steps do you need to take to put them in action?

December can feel like a whirlwind, and with so many obligations, it’s easy to neglect yourself. Remember to be a little selfish and take time for yourself. Your success depends on it, and when you diminish yourself, you’re also cheating your loved ones by giving them a watered-down version of you.