Some of you responded to my last article with appreciation for one of my New Year rituals (that helps me reflect on the year behind and ahead) and said you would like to do something similar.So here it is… the way I like to start each year. I sit down and I write out the following:Top 25 Accomplishments from the previous year… Now sometimes I capture these throughout the year when I think of them, but the best thing for me is to look at my wall calendar where most significant events are captured.Items that you’ve tracked may include workshops attended, salary increases, weight releases, personal and professional goals accomplished, new activities, awards or recognition received.But don’t forget things like new positive habits picked up, bad habits eliminated, relationships renewed or strengthened. If you’re not too hard on yourself, you’ll find 25 easy to come up with.In previous years I got to include belly-dancing and skiing as new activities that I consider to be quite an accomplishment.Top 10 Distractions from the previous year… This is a tough one. Mostly because we don’t necessarily want to acknowledge what distracted us from our goals. (Also, this list is only pertinent if you have well-defined goals.)But this is also one of the most valuable exercises because it is a great reminder for the year ahead to not let the same thing distract you again.I’ll give you an example from my list. Ever since I started my own business, many opportunities come my way. I am very grateful for these and in the beginning, when I was unclear about the direction of my business, I went down the path of quite a few opportunities that didn’t turn out to be right for me. I failed to evaluate them properly from the beginning.When these showed up on my list of distractions a couple years in a row (they all looked different at the time!) it was a huge lesson staring me in the face – and I was much better this past year about letting erroneous opportunities take me off course.So capture your distractions. These may include other people, worries, conflicting priorities, lack of organization, or lack of boundaries.The Top Ten Goals for the New Year… This should be fun to complete. This is your time to plan the next year and what you want on your list of accomplishments at the end of it. This is not the time to beat yourself up over everything you didn’t complete last year. Let that stuff go. Resist putting it on your list again unless it’s something you really, really want to do and you have a different strategy (and accountability) for achieving it.Is there anything you’ve been wanting to do for the longest time? For me, it was skiing. For YEARS, I’d been saying I wanted to ski. Living in the Northeast, I figured I’d better find a way to enjoy the winter.Well, a few years ago in December, I thought to myself, “Self, you’ve only got one more month to make it a reality”. I put the intention out there to find someone to ski with and within the hour a girlfriend of mine invited me skiing. I spent a few days in Holiday Valley right before the holidays and I loved it.So besides your professional goals (salary, new job, more clients, etc.) and personal goals (lose weight, less travel, etc.) don’t forget some PLAY goals.My list of 10 Goals usually contains 4 professional or financial goals, 3 self-development or improvement goals, and 3 fun goals.Then do you know the next step?1. Create some momentum around your goals by getting into immediate action. Within the first week of the year, I meet with my Mastermind Group and share my goals for the year with them. It gets me in action! And there is power in momentum.2. There is also power in speaking your commitment. If there is something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time and haven’t spoken it to anyone – that is one indication that it will go undone again.3. Next, find an accountability partner, a coach, or a friend to share your goal with. And then tell them how you like to be supported. A gentle word of encouragement, a friendly email reminder, more regimented support? Everyone is different so help them help you!4. Lastly, if you’ve come up with any juicy goals for yourself, email them to me and I’ll share with you my juiciest goal for 2013!!Happy New Year!