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3 Questions You Must Ask Yourself before the New Year

We’re only a few days away from 2013!

Where has this year gone?!

As we come to the end of another year, I’d like to invite you to join me in a season of reflection, final push and preparation for 2013. (Yes, even in the midst of the chaos of the holidays.)

I will be entering these last few days asking myself these three questions:

1. What are the things (or the people) I’m most grateful for experiencing in 2012, and how will I express my gratitude? This may come in the shape of reflective writing, sending out some thank-yous to people who made it possible, taking time to look at photos and videos of that experience, etc. Simple yet powerful.

2. What are the things I promised myself to do in 2012 that I did not get around to doing, and is there still time to do it? Very few things are stopping you. Go for it and give it your best shot. If it is something that has to wait until 2013, start creating a visual list of things you’d like to experience in 2013.

3. What are the things I can do right now in these last few weeks to better position myself to accomplish my goals for 2013? I’m not talking about a New Year’s resolution here. Rather, I’m referring to an actual plan that is actionable. Are there things you want to launch or experience in early 2013? If so, are there things within your control you can get going in order to prepare? Why wait for a new year? Get started today! Do things like organizing your ideas, files, calendar, to-do-lists, etc., to give yourself a head start in 2013. Who knows? This may even help you enjoy the holidays better knowing you have things somewhat set for 2013.

The last few weeks of 2013 are a great time to refocus our passions and plans. Will you join me in taking advantage of this season?   

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Charles is the CEO & Chief Idea-Maker at Ideation, a brand innovation company that specializes in helping businesses & organizations build remarkable brands via innovative business design, organizational change architecture, brand integration, design, web, and marketing services. He is also the author of Good Idea. Now What?: How to Move Ideas to Execution, a practical book designed to help people move ideas to implementation. Charles is regularly invited to speak to leading companies and organizations on topics such as creativity, innovation, idea-making, and branding. Executive leaders from brands including Wells Fargo, Toyota, The White House, Catalyst, William Morris Endeavor, mun2, Council of Urban Professionals, Chick-fil-A, and many others have benefited from having Charles present at their key events.