Your Best Year Yet: Ten Questions For Making The Next Twelve Months Your Most Successful Ever
Jinny S. Ditzler
I reviewed Your Best Year Yet by Jinny Ditzler for Ambeck Edge January 2007. We have passed the midway point for 2009 and I find myself losing my way somewhat. There are so many distractions around us and we have to focus on what is really important. I am saying this for myself as much as I am saying it to you. So, I decided to revisit my plans for the next year and make adjustments as necessary. Many things that I thought were important a few years ago are no longer on my radar, and that’s okay because it is the nature of life.
When planning, you can start wherever you are. You do not have to wait for the beginning of a calendar year. Though the book was reviewed over two years ago, I still find the information relevant. Below is my review.
Most people do their plans for the year at the start of a new year so I decided to review Your Best Year Yet by Jinny Ditzler. According to Ditzler, Best Year Yet is “About starting to believe in yourself again and becoming much tougher in the face of life’s biggest challenges. The approach helps you to use your commonsense and intelligence in new ways to create a happier life for yourself.” To create your plan, you are asked to answer the following 10 questions.
- What did I accomplish over the past 12 months?
- What were my biggest disappointments?
- What did I learn?
- How do I limit myself, and how can I stop?
- What are my personal values?
- What roles do I play in my life? (Father, wife, teacher, student, writer, consultant and so on)
- Which role is my major focus for the next 12 months?
- What are my goals for the next year?
- What are my top 10 goals for the next year?
- How can I make sure that I achieve them?
It took me about three hours to answer the questions, and starting off with acknowledging your accomplishments for the previous 12 months was very important for me because it made me realize that I accomplished far more than I had given myself credit for, and that made me feel really good.
I liked this book because it gives you simple tools to use, and when you’re done, you have a one-page plan. It’s also packed with many examples and you feel as if Ditzler is right there guiding you. I recommend Your Best Year Yet.
Avil’s note: Make sure that your top 10 goals include goals for all areas of your life to achieve better balance. And, also make sure that every week you take steps to achieving your 10 goals, no matter how small. If you decide to follow this process, and you’d like a template, which breaks your goals into the various areas of your life, please email me and I will send you one.
As I revisit this book review which I did in 2007, I realize that one of the reasons that I lost my way is that I cannot see my one-page plan: “Out of sight out of mind.” I recently moved and removed my plan from my computer where I had taped it on. When I revamp my plan, I will place it where I can see it everyday. It would be great if you did the same.
Excerpt from Ambeck Edge January 2007