For me, and those I work with, planning for the new year begins with a review of the current year.

You know, see where we are Now in order to get to Next! We take a realistic look at the goals reached and reflect on those not achieved and why that happened. It’s a learning process, and when it comes down to it, we all know more today than we did last year. I learned more about what drives me in my determination to live full on. I am a little wiser, I have a stronger spiritual practice, I let go of old hurts at a new level; unpeeling more layers of the onion; learning new things from old lessons. This year end is a time for me to slow down in order to set up for the coming year.

Oh the Places You Will Go by Dr. Suess is my favorite New Year’s positioning book. I cherish the simplicity of the lessons and how they pertain to every graduation in our lives. Graduation from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, careers to retirement and the multitude of milestones between each. I like to view my graduations now as a yearly process. I get to graduate with new learnings and successes. I graduate from last year’s class in order to move to the next class; the class of 2013. Today, as you contemplate the successes and challenges of your year and look to the opportunities that 2013 will bring, remember the simplicity of how life can be from the view point of the childlike wonder that Fred Rogers embodied. Allow me to share some of the quotes from Dr Suess’ classic, Oh the Places You’ll Go! that resonated for me this year.

On Planning:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.”

On Determination and Perseverance:

“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?”

On Letting Go:

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

On Taking Action:

“So… be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  

And from this blogger and coach:

May you enter this new year open to the newness of today… May the beauty, wonder and joy of life inspire you… May your heart and mind create new possibilities for the world… Blessings to all and Happy New Year.