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Navigating 2024: My Insights on How to Be Accountable in the New Year

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Here is my process for staying accountable and getting what I want in the new year. You can, too!

The year 2024 has been on my mind all month, and I’ve been counting the numbers in my head…2024 is 2+2+4=8. I’m interested in numerology, so I had to look to see what eight means for the new year.

According to a few sources on the power of numerology, when you think of an eight year, think of building, doing and creating. Think of unlocking your personal power, finding meaning in what you want to create and holding yourself accountable.


As my recent podcast guest and world-renowned author Mark Victor Hansen says, “feel the feeling of knocking down obstacles through sheer will.”

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Think about persistence, perseverance, resiliency, and enjoy the feeling of conquering your goals. This is not the year to dream, it’s the year to make those dreams happen.

I am feeling this energy big time and want to share with you my process for accomplishing my goals and keeping myself accountable throughout the year.

I’ve had a meditation and journaling ritual for goal setting for more than half of my life, which culminates on New Year’s Eve, just in time to get January off to a great start. You can’t hit a target you can’t see, and if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there. 

I have a racehorse mentality about starting a new year, and I like to get out of the gate strong. In some years, I start my goals in mid-December or use the holiday break to get clear on my new year, so that I am 100-percent ready and accountable for January 1. I know that if I don’t take charge of my new year, then the new year will have its way with me. 

Setting goals in the new year has nothing to do with resolutions that are often broken by February. A resolution is something you set your mind to do, promise yourself to do. A goal is a statement of what you plan or hope to achieve,  it’s an active thing. You work it, you manage it and you measure it all year long. Whether you are on track or not, the goal remains. There is always the opportunity to pull ahead like a racehorse by the end of the year.

Wishing you much health, happiness and success!

A well-known Harvard study asked graduate students if they had clear, written goals for their future and if they had plans to turn them into reality. Only three percent of the students had written goals and established plans to accomplish them. Thirteen percent had goals in their minds but hadn’t written them down. A staggering 84 percent had no goals at all. Ten years later, the three percent who had written goals were earning, on average, 10 times as much as the other 97 percent of the class combined.

I’ve experienced the power of setting goals, holding myself accountable and visualizing the attainment of those goals. So, just in time for New Year’s Eve, here is my process:


I start with a meditation about the year gone by. What worked and what didn’t? What did I love and what did I not enjoy? Who made an impact? For whom and for what am I grateful? What outfit made me feel powerful? What insightful and comedic things did my son say? What new ideas have me inspired?


Then I journal free thoughts for an hour or two or more until I cannot write another word.

Another key to being successful is creating accountability


I sit back and begin to review all I’ve written, paying close attention to what I want “more of” and what I want “less of” in the New Year. It’s a time of meaningful reflection, and I make some hard decisions to hold myself accountable here. 

Then it’s time to set goals. I use the SMART formula—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable and Timely. The word reasonable is all relative to me because I believe all goals need a little stretch in them!



Another key to being successful is creating accountability for yourself. In order to hit a big goal, it’s usually the culmination of achieving several smaller goals.

I set my annual goals and then break them down into monthly goals, so I know what I need to do to hit the larger goal. Additionally, I know well before the end of the year, if I am off track and I make adjustments.

Once you set your goals, post them and share them. Seeing them daily and having others know what you have committed to increases your success in achieving them. Even more, informing everyone involved in the goals of what the goals are increases your likelihood of holding everyone accountable for accomplishing them.


Finally, feel the feeling of the goal achieved. Alert your brain that it’s essentially already done, you just need to do the work. Visualizing certainty contributes to your success.

Before you begin the last-day-of-the year revelry, take some time to create your New Year. I’d love to hear from you on how this went for you, and if you want to share your goals and be accountable, I’ll put some positive energy out there for you to achieve success.

Thank you to my team, clients, friends and family for a spectacular year.

Wishing you much health, happiness and success!

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