This is the time of year many of us take stock of what we accomplished in the prior year, and what we want to do in the next year. We set goals for the next 12 months and create an action plan for achievement. In our December webinar, Make 2015 Your Best, I spoke about the importance of creating an affirmation around any goal we want to achieve. Affirmations are stated in first person positive language. Here is an example: My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil. This method is a great way to rewire the brain and create new clusters of “positive thought” neurons. Affirmations are to the brain what exercise is to the body. If we want to gain muscle strength, we lift weights. If we want to change our thinking, we need a new program. Positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think and act in a new way. We become what we speak! As Thomas Jefferson reminds us, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” As you develop your plan for 2015, create an affirmation to help you keep the right mental attitude. Post it in a visible spot in your home and workplace. Repeat it in the morning when you wake up, at mid-day, and in the evening before falling asleep. Share it here and make 2015 your best. Remember the words of Charles F. Kettering, “You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.” Happy New Year!