We are all heading somewhere.

Whether it’s to visit family for the holidays, a trip to the grocery store or being on the path to enhance your life, one thing necessary to arrive at your destination is learning how to change lanes effectively.

I could speak to you about literally changing lanes – using your blinkers, mirrors and gracefully merging into the gap that awaits you. That will surely get you to your destination safely and on time.

Let’s move this conversation to metaphorically changing lanes in your life.

With the New Year right around the corner, reflecting on 2014 will inform you of where you want to go in 2015.

What lane do you want to be in 2015?

The fast lane, the slow lane or somewhere in the middle?

For those of you that have been following me for a minute, you know I choose the fast lane. However, I’ve had a few signals lately, partnered with internal nudges, to move to a different lane.

How the heck do you do that when you’re used to moving at 100 mph and you have got places to go?

First, ease your foot off the gas. As I ponder what’s most important these days, I reconnect with my personal values, the non-negotiables that have to be present for me to say YES to something. If the activity is not aligned with those values, I say no, or at least not now. One of my values is to have fun with everything I do, so if it is not fun, I either look at how to make it fun or delegate the task to someone that finds it fun.

As I slow down, I enjoy the beauty around me. This lets me pick and choose the things I want to fill my calendar with. The second step to effectively changing lanes is to surround yourself with people that are spending time in the lane you want to be in.

Jim Rohn, author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker said, we are most like the 5 people we spend the most time with. Make a list of the people you are with the most and honestly ask yourself if they are supporting you in getting to your chosen destination. If not, start to put your attention on the type of people you desire and begin to attract them into your life.

Last but not least, have a clear picture of where you are going. I-285 is a highway that’s a big circle, outlining Atlanta. If you’re not sure where you are heading, it feels like you are going in circles – literally. Choose what you want to achieve this month and pick a lane, any lane. Committing to it will help you arrive there with more ease.

If you want to enjoy the holidays like you never have before, make sure your activities are aligned with what is most important to you, weave in the people you want to spend time with and have a clear picture of what you want to accomplish-even if accomplishment means more naps during the holiday break.

What lane will you choose to drive you forward in creating a phenomenal New Year?

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