How to Set Yourself Up For an Epic 2013 (in 3 Steps)

Hope you had a great time celebrating the New Year, and that you’re ready to rock 2013.

As you know, it’s that time of the year: New Year’s resolutions…

Did you really follow-through on the resolutions you set last year? Be honest.

If not, you’re not alone… studies show that 88% of people fail to keep their resolutions every year (!).

Today, I want to share with you the exact process I’m using to make 2013 my best year yet.

This is probably very different than what you’re used to… and will work much better too.

This is going to take you about 2 hours in total… and will put you on the fast-track to an epic year.

So grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage, put on some inspiring music and… Do it.

It’ll be well worth it, I promise you.

1) Review 2012 Objectively

There’s a lot to be learned from everything that’s transpired in the last 12 months. Not taking the time to do so is a real waste… so give yourself the gift of an hour to explore the following questions:

a) What are the things I accomplished I’m most proud of?

b) What were my biggest life lessons? What did I learn?

c) Where did I drop the ball? What did I not do very well?

d) What do I want to do differently in 2013?

2) Set Your Vision + Goals for 2013

Creating a plan for our year gives a lot of context to everything we’re going to do… it’s like a road-map to where we want to go.

Once again… take the time it takes to do this… it’s some of the highest-leverage work you will do this year.

Answer the following questions:

a) What’s my personal mission statement? What do I stand for?

b) What virtues do I want to embody in the world?

c) For each of the following 5 categories, what are

-My long-term vision


-My top 4 goals for the year?

1. Career

2. Health

3. Spirituality

4. Relationships

5. Contribution

d) Who will I need to be to achieve all my dreams and goals?

e) Why is this so important to me?

f) What is my vision of the past, present and future?

3) Set Two (and Only Two) Resolutions for 2013

Instead of overwhelming yourself, ask yourself these 2 questions:

a) What is the one thing I could start doing that would have the greatest positive impact in my life?

Then start doing it.

b) What is the one thing I could stop doing that would have the greatest positive impact in my life.

Then stop doing it.

Focus on those 2 for at least 30 days… and if by the time February rolls around you’re crushing it, feel free to choose 2 new ones.

But for now, ONLY focus on those 2.

And now… go out and rock it!

That’s it my friend.

You’ll be on your way to a year where you take every area of your life to a whole new level.

This is gonna be fun. :)

Choose Greatness,


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  • This is an amazing post! I got the email for it and immediately started doing it. It too me only about an hour and I’ll post what I did later on my blog at :)

  • Hi Phil! This is me grabbing the bull by the horns – I’m setting up a website similar to yours and a bunch of other guys doing awesome things in the world (I’ll bet you know them all!)… I’ve been trying to do this, and writing about it for over a year now. It’s now time to bite the bullet and get it out there, and my first goal is to actually get in touch and comment on the blogs I’ve been following for so long!! I love what you’re doing, and it’s very inspiring and reassuring that you’re so successful and kicking proverbial butt in the personal growth department. Thanks for everything, I’ll be in touch when I launch – please check it out when I do!! Cheers, Mariska :)

  • Just finished working on this clocking in about two hours.
    Thanks Phil! needed this.

  • Awesome post my friend! ;)
    When I look back on 2012, I can say it was a very good year for me. Finally started doing everything I love! And now, I’m certain this year will bring great challenges and I’m ready to live life much more than ever before.
    I’ll sit down and write out all ideas for this year, what I want to achieve and what habits I want to start. This will help so much!

    Hope you’re doing great Phil!
    Cheers! :)

  • Yeeeeeeeyuh!!

    Happy New Years bro! :)

  • You are my new favourite person that I don’t know…! I’ve been reading your site for a few hours now and all I want to do is intermittently not eat, picture my funeral and have a cold shower hahaha I can’t wait! I had an ephiny New Years eve and I am on a quest to be the best me I can be and to embody happiness and you have so many helpful resources thank you thank you thank you!!!
    From Rosalind in New Zealand where the water really is COLD (I hope you managed to visit when you were visiting our wee Ozzie neighbours!)

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