calendar-flip-page-todayWith the New Year coming more quickly than it might seem, many people are thinking about New Year’s resolutions and what they are going to do differently next year. While making plans for the next year is a great idea, it’s important to take the time to think clearly about what you have been doing in the past that needs correcting. Becoming a better version of you requires more than a single change. It requires a complete, honest, self-evaluation. You have less than two months left of this calendar year. It’s time to have that conversation with yourself over the next several weeks.  Here’s how to get started:

Your Clarity Calendar

 Over the next 21 days create your own personal ‘clarity calendar’.

At the beginning of the period, think of all your problems and the difficult emotions they evoke.

Sometimes the causes of difficulties in your life can be obvious in situations like the loss of a job, the end of a relationship or a death in the family. Other times, the specific challenges are harder to define. Are you experiencing more stress than you used to? Are you getting less joy out of life? Do you find yourself feeling sad for no reason?

Think of all the times when you felt those nagging anxieties, those unexpected sadnesses, those moments of unwanted apathy and consider if they are linked.  If you find a recurring theme, come up with tactics to challenge the issue.

Over the next 21 days, take note of the successes and failures of the tactics you use to transform your life. The successful tactics should become the new habits that become your New Year’s resolutions.

Feel free to share notes on your process in the comments below.