I received this a few years ago and providentially stumbled upon it while reflecting on today’s reading.  (Thanks Abbie) Here are 8 amazingly simple insights and disciplines from super successful high achievers that we can all follow to accomplish the things that matter most in patient safety and quality improvement in 2022. Just adapt the process to your situation.
1. Debrief yourself. Set aside an hour or two to review your performance in 2021. Turn your experience into insights about what to do better in 2022.
2. Stay positive. Forgive yourself for your mistakes and focus most on your “wins” in 2021. Your positive state of mind will create momentum as you enter 2022.
3. Be grateful. List 10 or more things for which you are grateful. Then ask yourself what you would be most grateful for accomplishing in 2022. This one step will set you on the right vector for the New Year.
4. Simplify. Identify and then quit doing the things you love to do but that don’t deliver the results you need: less Facebook and TV, fewer compelling commitments, etc.
5. Dream. Set a compelling goal for 2022. What one thing, if you were to accomplish it, would make you smile at the end of 2022? Write the answer down. Take a few minutes to visualize in your mind what it would feel like to achieve it.
6. Break it down. Divide your “smile goal” into quarterly goals. Your day is your week is your month is your year. The best year comes from multiple best days.
7. Schedule the year. Put the big things on your calendar. What gets scheduled gets done.
8. Unplug for a few days. Start 2022 refreshed, renewed, and revived by taking a few days of sabbatical at the end of 2021. No email. No projects. Just family time, relaxing, working out, reading, and other things you enjoy but don’t do enough.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 24:45-46 (ISV)
“Who, then, is the faithful and wise servant whom his master has put in charge of his household to give the others their food at the right time? How blessed is that servant whom his master finds doing this when he comes!”

Reflection Questions:
Which one of the 8 items do you find most difficult?
How is God blessing you?
What actions do you need to unplug?

Prayer: Holy God, let your Spirit breathe in me, again, fresh and new. Fill me with joy, keep me laughing, dancing and dreaming. As this New Year arrives, may the grace and peace of Christ bless me now and in the days ahead. Amen.