As you gaze on the light of the candle, reflect on a
quote about ‘seeing’ life:
“Originality is simply a pair
of fresh eyes.”
by Thomas W. Higginson
New Year Reflections from Gerrie:
How many of you have set your intentions for the new year,
It’s a perfect time to envision the year ahead. However, if you are
just recuperating from the holiday rush, I encourage you to take
time to refresh your spirit so you can ‘see’ life with a pair of
fresh eyes before rushing into new year goals.
One of my colleagues, Andrea Lee, expressed my sentiments
perfectly: “Start the year out well - pick your projects
wisely* - and make sure you feel that wind - it's at your back.
Don't start working too hard, too quickly, and see how much you can
get done without 'trying.' When you are aligned with your
‘unique genius’, you effortlessly attract greater success
because you are having fun, excelling each day, and showing up
*Pick Your Project Wisely - Coaching Exercise:
As Andrea describes this approach, select goals that
inspire you, feel like fun, and align with your values. When you
connect with these intentions before outlining your goals, you are
automatically attracted to taking action that feels almost
effortless. Sounds great, doesn’t it?!
What were your top 5 most meaningful accomplishments in
What were your 3 most significant disappointments in 2007?
This is not meant to be a negative review of what you didn’t
accomplish, but an opportunity for you to reflect on what was
meaningful to you and reassess it’s importance in your life in 2008.
What are your top 3 lessons that you learned?
Your brain increases in plasticity as you stretch it in new ways, so
celebrate your learnings!
What are your top 10 goals for 2008?
I invite you to list 10 or more – whatever comes to your mind and
How often have you set such lofty goals that you don’t even get
started? One of the most effective ways to achieve your goals is to
map out an action plan in the SMART format:
- Write your goals in Specific, Measurable
terms that are Achievable and Realistic
for you with a specific Timeline with small
milestones toward your goals. This will increase your success and
build momentum towards your goals.