New Year celebrations are always a source of joy and hope for many people.  It is also a time for assessment and reflection of all the things we did (or did not do).  And as we celebrate the end of the year, we also look forward to the promise of the year ahead.  Each and every one of us yearn for a more productive and rewarding 2014 both personally and professionally.  Here are some tips on how you can launch yourself to a bigger, bolder and better version of yourself for 2014:

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1.     Evaluate the past year. 

An assessment of the past year will greatly help you in mapping out your goals this coming year.  Remember the New Year resolutions that you have made then?  Revisit your list and cross out those that you have accomplished (Congratulations!) and encircle those that are still underway.  Do you have targets that changed halfway through the year?  What influenced you to enforce that change? Do you also have targets that were abandoned?  What made you call those off?  What important lessons in personal life and career did you learn this year?  After you evaluate the past year’s success and failures, you will be more than equipped to start the year right.

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2.     Set realistic goals.

Setting a goal at the beginning of the year is important because it will serve as a guide for your decisions for the coming year.  By now, you must have realized that even well-meaning goals are really very difficult to achieve.  The most popular goals that people make in the New Year are losing weight, exercising more, and quitting smoking.  Usually, people start out with these goals enthusiastically then lose ground after only a few weeks. Why?  Because some people see that they are still far from their target and so they lose interest and give up completely.  What you need to do is to set realistic and doable goals.  You can separate your goals into Long-term and Short-term so that you will not feel overwhelmed.  They key is to set a goal, no matter how small or simple it may be. Be sure that it will keep you excited the whole year round.

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3.     Write it down.

The actual writing of goals creates a more powerful effect on you than just thinking about them in your mind.  Most (if not, all) motivational speakers and self-help book authors all agree that writing a goal down on a piece of paper increases the chances of that goal to come to fruition.  By doing that, the person is making a greater connection between his thoughts and his actions.  You could see it as making a pact for yourself on paper.  Having a goal/to-do list posted on your bathroom mirror can also be helpful so you could be reminded of those goals every day.

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4.     Clean up the clutter.

Another way to start the year right is to organize and clean up the clutter – whether it be clutter in the physical, psychological or emotional spaces.  Get rid of anything that does not positively affect your life like worn-out clothes, broken stuff, negative thoughts or negative people.  By emptying the clutter, you are making more space for positive and useful things to come into your life.

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5.     Join a support group.

Once you have written down your goals and removed all the clutter, it is also helpful if you get someone whom you can trust about your goals. Tell them about those plans and ask for their support to help you keep focused on your goal.  You can also join an online community, like Divatise Social Network.  Having people you can talk to anytime is a great source of support.

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By doing these steps, your 2014 will hopefully become a much better version of 2013

Good luck to you!