As the new year slowly unfolds and the sparkle of the holidays dwindle down, we tend to return to our everyday patterns. Some good and some not-so-good. With the Christmas tree and holiday decorations put away, (unless you’re at my house, where the twinkly lights may stay up till sometime before summer) that new year resolve can sometimes be out of sight as well. At least, that’s been my case in the past. Until now. It may have taken me 31 years to understand this, so I thought I’d share my new found truth: I must resolve to change my patterns indefinitely.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I find this quote by Albert Einstein to be not only humorous, but completely truthful.

Failed resolutions have brought me a step closer to understanding what I need to do to succeed. I’ve chosen to examine my trail of failed attempts. To write out the mistakes I made in 2011 and as far back as I can remember, so that I can clearly see what I can do different in 2012 and beyond.

[quoteLeft]”Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success.”[/quoteLeft]

It’s never too late to start, begin anywhere. Thanks to Alexandra Beauregard of Heart Love Weddings, I came across this 16-page workbook created by Susannah Conway that has helped me focus on what I want to make happen in 2012.

At the suggestion of so many wonderful colleagues, I’ve also created a vision board for 2012. Actually, my entire family did. It was a fun project to do together and we focused on what we envisioned for our family, our careers, and ourselves.

I can say that in the last few weeks of 2011 and the nine days of 2012, setting new patterns, staying focused on what I’ve visualized, and learning from past mistakes has made me feel incredibly blessed and on fire! I can’t wait to see the opportunities and experiences this year has to offer!

I’ll end this post with one of my favorite quotes, from one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho. “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

So visualize it, plan it, and shout it out to the world. It’s listening.