10 Ways 2014 Can Help You Own 2015

10 Ways to Rock 2015

So you want to ROCK 2015????

Here are 10 Ways 2014 Can Help You Own 2015

It seems as each year begins, I make decisions to do better, to live better, to be better. My heart and mind are consumed with best practices—you know– the things you “should” be doing. If you are like me, you sit down with pen and paper – Some with the fancy- smancy glitter metallic inks pens while others use a basic No. 2 lead pencil. You devise a plan – be it idealistic or realistic. You are determined to make a change.


Before we enter 2015 with grandiose plans,  let’s take time to look back and evaluate 2014.

  1. Take Time for Gratitude
    • You may have rocked 2014 or 2014 may have rocked you. Guess what, if you are reading this then you are still here with another gifted opportunity to make a positive difference. That deserves a moment to stop and say count your blessings. Did you lose it all in 2014? I will venture to guess not. With a change of perspective, what you thought were mountains in your life are really molehills. Some of you are standing tall while others are crawling but for all: There is life in you… Be Grateful!
  2. Celebrate the Victories
    • Take time to note and celebrate the daily, monthly and quarterly victories of the past year. It could simply be a change in routine for the better, an addition, a change in job or promotion, the decision to start a blog even in the midst of fear <-> yeah…that’s me!, the ability to let go of negative influences and embrace the positive. Take time to applaud yourself and do your happy-dance no matter how small the victory. You did some things right.
  3. Identify Patterns of Success, Failures, Additions, and Losses of the past year
    • Now here is where it becomes a bit personal and for some painful: What did you do differently? Were you intentional? What did you add to your routine? What was added? What was taken away? What did you take away? Did you experience sudden loss? What have you done to help in the grieving process? In times where you did succeed, how did you handle the growth, the complements and the attention? In times where you failed, did you focus more on the process or the person?
    • Recall 3 major events in the past year and pinpoint the state of your ego and emotions during each event and ask yourself why such a response was warranted?
    • Pinpoint the emotions felt during those times of failure and success.
  4. Recognize opportunities masked as problems
    • Some goals you may have abandoned and others seemed impossible at the time. Which of these unreached goals were merely a result of wrong time and wrong plans of action? Has an opportunity presented itself for you to do differently and expect a successful outcome?
  5. Learn lessons paraded as disappointment
    • This may be the perfect time to anticipate pitfalls for 2015. What times of the year and under what circumstances are you not at your best? What are you stressors? Does success bring the best out of you? Do you truly value people over profit?10 Ways 2015 can help you Own 2015 pic
  6. How can I work smarter?
    • Multitasking is never the best way to serve others. Based on extensive research, we as humans do a very poor job at multi-tasking. We actually time-share. We divide our attention among multiple things which makes us less productive. Have you found your niche? Are you making the best use of your team and their talents? What are some activities you can delegate, eliminate, outsource, postpone, or aggregate? Identify them and create a plan of action.
  7. How can I work harder?
    • There is a distinct difference between moderation and mediocrity. Are you using your resources effectively? Are you making the most of your workouts? Are you working like it’s all up to you? Have you truly given the task your all before you give up?

      We need discipline and perseverance to see it to the end.

  8. Accept What Will be Written in Pen May Need To Be Erased
    • I heard a wise man once say that all his plans for his life were written in pencil. There are many uncertainties that occur within any given year. Choose to commit all your plans to God as He seeks to direct you and be open to change. The more time you spend with Him, you will realize that a day to day walk with him requires that you walk with your pencils. We may plan in a straight line while God’s plan may take us over mountains and through valleys. His goal is building of your character, the good of His people and the glory of Himself.
  9. Plan for today and for the future.
  10. Define SUCCESS before you start your journey
    • What does success look like in your life? For me, it is the ability to thrive in all circumstances. Always answer your WHY before you devise your what’s, when’s, and how’s. Your reasons are what inform your plan of action. Your why should be most compelling to you than anyone else. It is the ultimate reason for doing what you choose to do. It will be what motivates you to keep going. If not compelling enough, it will be a goal abandoned or forfeited.

BONUS: Enjoy it – The Joy is in the Journey

So here is to your achieving your goals in 2015!Grateful -- Kim Signature

  • Those are very good tips! I definitely want to work smarter this year.

    Happy New Year!

  • I agree – looking backwards is such an important part of looking forwards and setting goals.

  • These are awesome suggestions. My fiance and I do One Word 365 and in 2014, his word was OWN.

  • #4 & #5 are my favorites. It’s never easy to see a setback as an opportunity or blessing in disguise.

    Dezzie | dezziedarling.com

  • Susie

    Kim, this is very helpful, well thought out and presented. I am adopting one of your suggestions right away: know my why, because that informs everything I do.

  • Alana Mautone

    A good friend was diagnosed with cancer right before New Years. She has her appointment tomorrow to discuss the treatment plan and to find out what stage her cancer is in. #8 is so true and so is #1.

  • Anita

    I love these! I often fail to take the time to reflect and analyze my actions and reactions. These are powerful reminders that I’m going to pin so that I remember them :). I’d love to have you add this link to my Inspire Me Monday link up so that other bloggers can find inspiration in your ten steps!

  • Kaycie VandenTop

    this is great Kim! 🙂 God Bless you this year! 🙂

  • Danielle Knapp

    This is a perfect post for the new year – thanks for sharing.

  • These are great goals. I need to learn to celebrate more and stick to a plan. thanks for sharing

  • Jamie Yonash

    This is a great list. I really do want to learn from the past and make better choices in the future!

  • One of my favorite phrases is “don’t look at what’s behind you, it’s not where you’re walking.” However, there is no better way to improve yourself that using your past mistakes, and expanding on goals you never quite reached. Great post!!

  • Nichole C

    These are some on point tips! I especially love the first one about gratitude; soo true!

  • MJ

    WOW! I love this. I’ve read too many posts about people being happy 2014 is over. I love a fresh start and a New Year but I am always grateful for the previous year and experience. Still standing! Thanks for this refreshing reminder.

  • Jennifer Duncan

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!



  • Laura

    You point out some really great questions for me to ask myself as I begin this new year! Many of them are certainly not easy to answer. 2014 was a really hard year for me, but there were also some really great memories sprinkled in there. I don’t want the pain of the year to cloud my eyes of all the good. Blessings to you in 2015, Kim.

  • RattlesandHeels

    I’m doing less multitasking in 2015. I’m trying to stay focused because multitasking kills my creativity. Thanks for sharing.

  • Excellent post. So often we are so worried about tomorrow and what is to come that we aren’t paying attention to today or evaluating what we can learn from yesterday.

  • These are all such great tips. I especially love #2. I feel like I make a checklist of things I want to accomplish, but after I accomplish them, I don’t take the time to appreciate that accomplished it. Instead, I treat the checkmark like a victory, and just move on to the next thing. I think taking the time to celebrate each accomplishment will make a huge difference in my attitude.

  • Robyn

    Love this! It is so nice to look back and appreciate what has happened in the previous year. Great tips.


  • Nadeen

    This is just wonderful! Shared all over! I will be reading and rereading this!

  • I’ve pinned and tweeted and I’ll definitely be referring to this again throughout the year(s). This is a great guide to owning life in general! =)

  • iluv2globetrot

    This is a great list of tips. Totally inspiring, thanks for sharing with us!

  • what a great post! I totally love how you talked about evaluating 2014!

  • Lisa Rios

    Great way to remind you about 2014 & help one achive the best out of it in 2015. All these are great evaluation indeed. Planning for today and for the future is more important indeed.

  • Last year I was faced with a huge burden of depression as to the direction of mine and my family’s life after we had moved to a new town. I challenged myself to a 30days of gratitude journal where I wrote for 10 minutes nonstop of just things I was grateful for. That one act changed my perspective then on and now new challenges are easy to take on. What a great way to reflect and then move forward!

  • Hannah Diane

    This is great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Tauheedah Muhammad

    this is awsomeness.

  • This is awesome! I’m shooting for the stars this year so I’m looking forward to putting some of these tips to the test.

  • Jess

    These are great. I love #1, taking time for gratitude. It’s often easy when we focus on doing, being and getting more to forget how much we have to be grateful for!

  • I love this! Especially celebrate the victories. That is something I really need to work on!

  • Taking time for gratitude and appreciation is so important. Without it we lose focus on what really matters. =)

  • Ricci

    This is a great post! Most of the time I look back at the previous year and just want to get past it but I love your perspective of looking back and learning from it.

  • Caroline Barnes

    I do think it’s important to take the time to look on the previous year before setting new goals for the upcoming year. That way you know exactly what you need to work on…

  • Jess.

    Great tips! Gratitude is such an amazing and transforming quality to develop!

  • Nina Robinson

    Love this post! Lots of great advice. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • impr4less

    This is a great post!! I ask my self what does success look like before any major life decision!

  • There are so many great tips here that I had to bookmark this for later. My favorite: “Learn lessons paraded as disappointment ” Yes!!!

  • Erin

    Love these tips and the simplicity yet depth thank you for the reminders, this will be a good read in a few months again!

  • Thank you Kim! These is very inspirational and something I will bookmark to help me through my journey this year.

  • Carissa

    So much wisdom!

  • April Clevenger Boyer

    Very appropriate! Thanks for the wonderful tips. You rock!
    I’d so like a hard copy of this. How may I get that?

  • Those are great tips! Defining success is so important before starting. Sometimes I get to my goals in a way that I don’t think I will, but there is still success. Like, maybe I don’t lose enough weight, but if my goal is to be healthier, I can look at my habits, the inches that I’ve lost, the time that I’ve spent getting stronger, etc. as success! Really, really, great tips. I could comment on each of them!

  • What a great and thorough list to help us look back through our lives to evaluate all aspects of our year! It will serve as a tool to better our plans that we make for the upcoming year as well. So much could be said for each point that you raise. Peace! 🙂

  • Absolutely LOVE this! My word for this year is PURPOSE and I can apply ALL of these tips to that word 🙂

  • Michelle Myers

    such great advice and wise thoughts!!!!! My word this year is CONSIDER and I love how this all ties in with it!

  • Janeane Davis

    I like that you are advising peole to look back at the past year, identify lessons and take those lessons forward. It is important to learn from the past but live in the present.

  • Kim Seghers

    Great blog post and well written as always! I love your advice . Thank you for sharing! My word this year is Perseverance.

  • This is such an amazing post! I love your advice. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 I’m pinning this for future use.

  • What a fantastic post! Your advice is truly inspirational (and very doable!) Thanks for encouraging us to reflect and use those lessons to help our future!

  • Ashley@blondegirlcravings

    Great advice! Celebrating little victories is definately a area I need to work on.

  • Theresa

    These are all great points! I especially like the last one: Define success before you start your journey.

  • Lauryn Lasko

    Such amazing tips. I love that you worded them to focus on the positive and the small things, rather than big steps.

  • I like your tweets, I tweeted one. They are very good points. Undone plans are desires.

  • Great advise for the new year, or anytime. Look forward to reading more of your works.

  • Kimberly, My worse one here would be multi-tasking. I definitely need to stop doing that when it distracts me too much – which of course is most of the time. Thanks for some great advice. Amy

  • I definitely agree with celebrating our victories! It is so important! I think that 2015 is going to be a stellar year for all of us!

  • Randell

    I totally agree with the celebrating our victories! Always remember THE GOOD that is happening and you’ll be a much happier person 🙂

  • Valerie@Occasionally Crafty

    Such great advice! The last one is so true- I always forget to enjoy life, I get so caught up in living it. If that makes sense. Thanks for your post!

  • Tara Joy

    This is just what I need to really evaluate 2014 and plan for the upcoming year! I am going to work through this all on paper tomorrow! 🙂

  • Brenda

    I love your tips on how to use the previous year to plan the next! I am doing just that for 2015.

  • Kim

    This is great! A very inspirational post! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Amy Stafford

    This is an awesome post! Sharing and Pinning now.

  • This was SUCH a great post!!!!! I love this. #BLMGirls

  • Alli Smith

    Celebrating the victories is so important. Sometimes we tend to focus on everything that’s not right and forgetting to celebrate what is right. What we focus on the longest becomes the strongest. Great post!

  • This post is AWESOME. Such a positive way to start off the new year and look back at the year that just passed. LOVE this!!

  • All great advice! I think there’s a lot to learn from the past that can help us in the future.

  • Britney

    I love this! So important to set goals and figure out how to work smarter!

  • Kizzy

    Always nice to read such inspiring goals!!!

  • Thank you for this post. Definitely have a few takeaways that I hope to apply to my life immediately.

    Happy New Year!

  • There is A LOT to think about here and all good, too. Thanks!

  • Thanks for making us really think about what we doing and not doing to be all we can be.

  • A great post. This post make us think and reconsider our thoughts for entering a new year!


  • Lou

    Great posts and great takeaways for me. It’s always good to reflect on what we are looking forward to while knowing that our best laid plans will often change.

  • I have started a thankful journal, so I love the take time for gratitude!

  • Christine St.Vil

    These are awesome tips and I definitely agree! Great post and reminders on what to focus on/what’s important. Taking time to celebrate successes, I’ve learned is something I need to do more of, so that’s what I’ve been working on.

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    Great post ! Thank you for that 🙂
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    Have a great 2015 everyone!