How To End 2014 With A Bang!

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As the nights get darker and Christmas lights go up all over town, it’s time to reflect on 2014 and assess whether we really achieved what we wanted this year. Christmas is a time for fun and parties, but it’s also a time full of thought and nostalgia, when many people wistfully recollect missed opportunities, or think ahead to what resolutions they really will keep next year!

With this in mind we consulted resident Life Coach Ryan James Lock on how to really end your year with a bang!

Ryan says: “Far from being a time to dwell on missed opportunities, now is the perfect time to set some end-o-f year goals and give yourself one final push to make the rest of the year, the best of your year so far!

With just two months left until we are officially in 2015, I’d like to ask you a question; what do you want for yourself before the end of the year? I don’t care what has gone on until now, I am about looking forward from the most powerful point you have – the present moment. What goal or desire have you let cool off? What promise did you make to yourself that you wish you’d seen through?

Now is the time to give yourself permission to start again on your goals and end this year with a sense of fulfillment and positivity for the future.

Ryan’s 5 ways to end the year with a bang:

Ryan James LockCelebrate how far you have come

When you are making changes in your life, it’s important to celebrate how far you have come so far. Spend a few moments and think about all of the things that you are proud of about this year.

What lessons have you learned?

I spent some time recently thinking about a few lessons I have learned this year and how I can being them into 2015 and I’d like to encourage you to do the same. Even if things didn’t go the way you would have liked them to, you can still benefit from it. When you replace the word failure with feedback, you go from strength to strength.

What goal or project do you want to pick back up?

What big goal have you let slip away? Did you start a project and then let it dwindle? No worries, there is no time like the present moment to decide to pick things back up. In my first book I said “The moment you decide to change direction, you already have” Give yourself permission to start again

How can you get there in the fastest time possible?

Hopefully I’ve got you thinking about the lessons you’ve learned this year and the project or goal that you want to pick back up, now it’s time to create a plan to get it. Ask yourself, “how can I get there in the fastest time possible?”

Create a vision for your new year

Who says New Year’s resolutions can only be made on the 31st? I love the idea of giving yourself a head start and thinking about how you’d like your 2015 to be. One of the reasons this is such a good idea is that it gives you a nice amount of time to already start working on your goals rather than rushing around in January.

Ryan James Lock is an international coach, writer and entrepreneur based between London, Canada and Ibiza. As well as working with private clients and brands, Ryan also teaches group programs to help people achieve their goals and build successful businesses that they love.

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Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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