#2013Countdown, #2: What are you going to do to make 2013 your best year ever?

This is the question #2 of the 13-Day #2013Countdown Challenge as we count down to the year of 2013 as one PE community. The challenge is now over, but you can still read more about it and participate in your own time. Visit the overview page for all 13 countdown questions.

2013 Countdown Challenge

Welcome to Day 12 of the 2013 Countdown Challenge! :D One more day before the countdown challenge comes to an end!

2013 Countdown, Question #2…

Questions for the 13-day, 13-question countdown so far:

If you have not posted your responses yet, please do so before proceeding with today’s question.

Today’s question, question #2, is:

What are you going to do to make 2013 your best year ever?

What are you going to do to make 2013 your best year ever?

Put on your reflection cap and let your thoughts flow. Below is an empty form which you can use to write your answers to the question. Treat it as your self-reflection “room”.

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What are you going to do to make 2013 your best year ever?

Your Task

  1. Reflect and answer today’s question. There’s no word limit – whether minimum or maximum. Write as few or as many words as you want. It’s all up to what you want to express!
  2. Share your answer. After you are done writing, copy and paste your answer in the comments area and post it there.
  3. Check out other participants’ answers. Other participants will be sharing their answers too, so feel free to read and reply to their answers.

Look forward to reading your answers! :)

(After you are done, proceed to #5: What is your motto for 2013? (Happy New Year 2013!!! =)))

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  • Bob

    1. Focus using my vision board. Use this as a focal point for my life. Remove weeds using dumping exercise.

    2. Plan with a purpose to get the best from each situation. This means thinking carefully each step and obstacle to arrive at goal and planning several routes if necessary.

    3. Look at life from others eyes. Try to get as many perspectives as possible to enrich my viewpoint.

    4. Review and track my goals and plans by keeping what is necessary to be efficient and effective. Keep asking myself empowering questions like “What’s the best use of my time now?”, “How can I improve this?” “What’s the best way of tracking this?” “What are the key concepts and processes?”

    5. Network and share as much as possible!

  • http://SourcesOfInsight.com J.D. Meier

    I’m going to do the impossible … It’s where I shine.

  • Rosie

    I am going to keep an open mind. I am not going to exclude myself before other people get a chance, I will try to participate in as much as I can and focus on exactly what I want. Nothing is impossible!

  • JadePenguin

    Get over my crush, look inwards more, cherish my alone time, focus on my passions and be as positive as I can be ;)

    All my previous years were to some degree tainted by broken relationships and/or feelings of loneliness and being unloved. That has been changing dramatically during the last 2 years and it’s the only thing that still occasionally bothers me. I know I cannot rely on another person to complete my life, so the only thing left to do is complete it myself!

    • Nancy

      I totally understand where you are coming from about your alone time. I have moved on to living by myself for the past year and a half, and have learned that I can really survive on my own without having someone telling me what to do, etc. I, too, am going to complete my life this coming year depending on only me I know I can do this, and so can you. Good luck


    • Helen

      Wow JadePenguin, I totally know where you’re coming from with this:

      “All my previous years were to some degree tainted by broken relationships and/or feelings of loneliness and being unloved. That has been changing dramatically during the last 2 years and it’s the only thing that still occasionally bothers me. I know I cannot rely on another person to complete my life, so the only thing left to do is complete it myself!”

      I think I read on a previous countdown post that you’re also an EFL teacher and adore travelling. Maybe we should run away into the sunset together! Hahaha

      No, but seriously, it’s always nice to hear people eloquently express things that you also feel, but didn’t really know how to put into words.

      All the best for 2013 :)


      • JadePenguin

        Naww, that must have been someone else – I’m only a student :) Also I’m female so not sure if you’re into that ;D

        I do adore travelling ;)

        And all the best to you too!

        • Helen

          Hahahaha sometimes I wish I was, but sadly not!

          Looks like I friendship hit-on the wrong person anyway ;) hahah

          • JadePenguin

            Hehehe ;)

            If you wanna have a chat anyway, you can add me on FB or Skype :) (username is melarish on both)

            • Helen

              Don’t have FB, but added you on skype! :)

  • Kyoko

    Simply: Do Get Be BETTER.

    Keep what’s important to me at the forefront of my mind. That includes boyfriend, family, work, University and Myself.

    And remember this wonderful adage:

    “Bear in mind that the measure of a (wo)man is the worth of the things (s)he cares about”

    – Marcus Aurelius (adapted for the 21st C)

    • http://howtolivethefreelancelife.wordpress.com Shannon L. Buck

      This is a great goal, and I wish you luck with it. You can do amazing things when you remember what the most important things in life are.

  • http://coachcomeback.com James

    I will be of greater service to my gal Cece, my readers, followers and anyone else whose life I can positively impact.

  • http://lifemosaique.wordpress.com/ Lina

    Many of my fears, my lack of confidence, my lack of motivation, they all stem from the same fear that I’m not goo enough and that I am not liked or loved for who I am. This belief sabotages each and every effort I make towards improving myself and my life. So, in order to build the rest, I have to lay this foundation: *I am loved and accepted*.

    • Netta

      I think that is a very important part of each day. To look at yourself in the mirror and know you are doing the best you can do to be the best YOU and tell yourself, you are worthy and valuable!! Hope you have a wonderful year in 2013!

  • Amanda

    Do all I can to achieve my goals. That’s really all I wish for. They build on my successes of 2012 (this year!) and definitely prepares me for a new section of my life (secondary school).

    As a side, I want to stay positive, stay calm, and change for the better (not worse!).


    • jT

      “..change for the better (not worse!).” <- Definitely! :)

  • Maria

    Work smarter not harder
    Not let those who are unfocused in their priorities wear me down and burden me with their negativity.
    Remember that trying to find the positive in something is not the same as letting it go and hoping for better the next time.
    Be firm, fair and consistent with staff in the same way I am with the students
    Be regularly reflective and record it. I know this will be hard but it needs to happen in order for me to get out what is in my head so I can work through it and relax
    Actually take up yoga instead of just thinking about it

    • http://www.ffufi.net/mindflight Ffion

      Loving the work smarter, not harder bit.

      I tend to clutter my to-do list with many mundane items that take my time away from what’s really important…

  • jT

    To make 2013 my best year ever:

    – I will cultivate at least 10 good habits (1 habit each month)

    – I will work on my first job

    – I will improve and upgrade myself than I was these past years

    • JadePenguin

      1 good habit per month is a good way to progress! Do you use the method where you tick off every day in a calendar and keep it visible? Much more motivation to keep it up if you see how far you’ve come already ;)

      • jT

        Thanks for the advice. Happy New Year! :D

  • Netta

    I am going to realize my goals and work toward them, try harder at maintaining my goals. I am going to take lessons learned and put forth an effort to be a better person. I am going to stop procrastinating and work toward my goals, hobbies, and maybe a career. I am going to try to not stress as much and think negative. Hoping this year will be better than 2012, although 2012 was a great year actually! But life can always get better!

  • Chestnut

    Honesty. I think nothing is more important when it comes to creating the life I’ve always dreamed about. Honesty is about having the courage to ask myself: Is this what I really want? What can I do differently? Previous years I’ve desperately tried to escape these questions to protect myself from hurting. I never realized that never answering them is what hurts the most. I deny myself, and thus telling myself that I’m worthless. If only I acknowledge and accept my thoughts things will fall into place by themselves I believe. If I realise the stress of needing perfection at the cost of everything else I can be happy, truly. With every upcoming New Year inspiration finds me. I make plans I never follow through with in the search of even bigger goals. And at the end of each year I wonder why life never turns out as I plan. I think too much, and create too many plans. There’s never enough action, just too many conflicting thoughts and no direction to follow. If I can be honest with myself on a daily basis and do what I know is important for pursuing my dreams I can achieve them. I know I’ll be happy then, because they comes from a place within myself I love, but rarely have the courage to acknowledge.

    • JadePenguin

      Were you avoiding the question because you thought you couldn’t have what you really wanted? Hope you find the courage to open up to yourself this year! That’s the first step to making your dreams a reality, no matter how far away they seem at first ;)

  • Paulina

    #2013Countdown, #2: What are you going to do to make 2013 your best year ever?

    Will maintain good habits and create new ones:
    *live healthier (limit alcohol, sleep well and become an early riser, exercise regularly, mediate, get massages and go to SPA more often);
    *read more (literature, self-development books)
    *be more active, better organised, more aware of how and when my tendencies to procrastinate operate, read more books on time management, schedule more guilt-free play and do some more quality work in short slots of time, keep my desk tidy (I do it already and can do better!), experiment with getting things done method. ;)
    *be more positive and more loving/lovable (smile more – this is already one of my best qualities!; use humour more often, laugh more often, be more grateful, show love and appreciation to my boyfriend, family, friends, co-workers, develop mindfulness and be more compassionate);
    *take care of myself (body, mind, spirit – practice sport, go to SPA, expose myself to good positive content, meet more growth-oriented cheerful people, mediate and pray, say ”thank you” to myself, other people and life more often);
    *make my life more enjoyable and full of good adventures, learn, experiment, get out of my comfort zone; pursue goals which inspire me and make me smile. I will grow and will be able to serve others better.

    May the New Year be the best year ever, full of growth, love, joy, deep & intense happiness for all of us!! :D


  • Elton

    #2013Countdown, #2: What are you going to do to make 2013 your best year ever?

    1) Prepare to leave my country when major things are settled within 2 years period. Some part of year 2013 will be spending away from my home to get acclimatised.

    2) Have 2 or 3 major things in my bucket list done and achieved.

    3) Spending time learning and working together with visionary people in new capacity.

    4) Done my self reflection within this year on mental blockages and answer to challenges. I am writing journey on this in new blog to share on my findings and insights with audiences.

    • Bob

      Be interested to read your blog Elton and hear about your insights and findings. I have thought about writing a blog myself but never quite got round to doing it.

      • Elton

        Yes, I am putting up a tumbler site to set up. Will reply the same post here once set up.

        • Bob

          Look forward to it!

  • Bryan

    I plan to make 203 the best year I have by making it my Goal year. The focus of 2012 was getting out of homelessness and making sure I have a means of taking care of myself as well as a place i can feel secure. Now that I have those two I want to focus on things I know have been on my mind to strive towards.

    With 2013 a hop skip and a jump away I plan to have goals jot down that I’d like to see come to fruitiion. Naturally at first it’l b easy goals that won’t require too much planning so i can boost my confidence, however as the weeks and months go on I hope to include more complex goals that’ll require planning like ESPER. I know that wo goals to keep me consistant I’ve been feeling a little lost and confused but I’m hoping that’ll change by the New Year ;)

    • Bob

      Good luck Brian!

  • http://www.facebook.com/srikanthrao Chintu

    well 2012 has gone & the things which i have done in 2012 were not up to the mark, i was not satisfied with what i had, i also begin to loose some important things in my life because of lack of planning. But this new year 2013 i will take my thoughts beyond possibility to the next dimension by focusing on the things which i like the most, focusing on my career and concentrate on the field which i am interested and i will make sure that i will excel in that forte.

    Secondly i would like to make my relationships more stronger and transparent, this is because there are lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings involved in relationships.

    Prepare my own bucket list this year 2013 and start working on that throughout my life until they are achieved , So as to be well organized and to achieve my potential to the fullest and to ensure conscious and transparent mind with positive thoughts all the way till the end.

    Personal development and cultivate good habits. I would like to do something for the poor people and my personal wish is to donate some good amount to children charities.

    Wish you all a Happy new year! Let’s welcome New year with new Aspirations, great Enthusiasm, positive attitude and avoid Ego’s, Misunderstandings and Misconceptions ahead and lets wear a Smile for ever by making others happy and being happy… :)

  • Stacey

    Be positve and stay in the now. When I catch myself thinking about what was or a negative possibility for the future, I will gently pull myself into the “Now”.

    I will NOT give up on ME!!!!

  • Nancy

    In 2013 I am going to cut back on spending as much money on things I really don’t need. I need to lose weight so I am going to be working on that also.I am a diabetic so I really need to watch what I eat. I created my own bucket list a couple of years ago and have managed to actually cross off a couple of things.

    I have been living on my own for the last year and a half and have learned a great deal about what it takes to make every decision on my own. My children are grown and live elsewhere and have their own families.

    I usually have a positive attitude and I know that with the mistakes I made this past year, I have made a lot of decisions that will greatly impact 2013. I plan on paying off a couple of small bills, as well as getting some things done that didn’t get done this year,…new glasses, carpet cleaned, internet back on, computer fixed.

    I want to wish everyone a blessed New Year, and hope everyone accomplishes what they need to do.

  • Ivy

    By working on them everyday, taking small steps, with practice

  • Ivy

    Focusing on the positive. Doing more and being grateful for what I have.