As an old year is coming to an end and a new year is about to begin, you are probably ready to turn over to a blank and bright page in the book of your life, career and business. You want to start the new year off looking forward to new and exciting successes and opportunities rather than looking backward to the old and boring problems and challenges that beset you in the past year. How much heavy baggage and how much light baggage from this year do you want to take with you into the new year? How can you let go of the heavy and full baggage and hang on to the light and empty baggage so that you have room for new ideas, people, situations and ways of being and doing? If you empty the heavy baggage of all of the contents that make it difficult and cumbersome, it will become light and manageable baggage that you can easily hang on to and carry into the new year.
Over the past year, you have taken a journey in your life, career and business and have accumulated much in terms of meeting new people, encountering new situations, gaining new knowledge and experience and learning some valuable lessons along the way. When you return from or take a short break in any journey and before you set off on the next leg of that journey, it is a good idea to unpack all of your belongings in your luggage and decide what you want to leave behind and what you want to continue to carry with you.
An easy way to unpack all of your baggage from the past year is to do a thorough and thoughtful inventory of its contents.
First, unpack the baggage from your life. Look at your personal schedule for the year starting in January to give you a snapshot of the light baggage, the positive and productive people and situations in your life and the heavy baggage, the negative and challenging people and situations in your life. What do you want to let go of and what do you want to hang on to and bring into the new year?
Second, unpack the baggage from your career. Look at your schedule, your accomplishments and, if you have one, your performance review for the past year to get a detailed overview of what worked well and what needs improvement in your performance. Lighten your career baggage by letting go of the bad people and situations, forgiving yourself or asking for forgiveness for anything that you did or said that you regret and wish you could have done differently. Make a list of five goals that you want to accomplish to grow your career in the new year and include them in your lighter career baggage.
Third, unpack the baggage from your business. Look at your business schedule, your current roster of clients/customers, your good and bad decisions and their consequences from the past year and your business opportunities for the new year. Which products/services and clients/customers do you want to let go of as they are not worth the time, money and energy and are the source of the heavy weight of your business baggage and which products/services and clients/customers are worth the time, money and energy and actually lighten your business baggage? Make a list of the steps that you need to take now and in the new year to lighten your business baggage. Also, make a list of five goals that you want to accomplish to grow your business in the new year.
Letting go of heavy baggage and hanging on to light baggage in your life, career and business will allow you to start off the new year in a proactive, powerful, prosperous and progressive way.