So, I hope you rang in 2012 in a way that was well with your soul. Whether you partied, slept, kissed, hugged, toasted, cried or jumped for joy, you made it!

Well, here we are at the top of Twenty Twelve. Per my research on a few websites, I discovered that “12” is the number of what is completed; a perfect and harmonious unit. They said that “12” represents divine authority and appointment, as well as governmental foundation and perfection, and shows completeness.

The reason I found this interesting is because many of the discussions I had with  numerous people, including friends, clients, relatives and others, it seems that a good (but very tough) work was begun in 2011. There was immeasurable growth in the lives of so many. From lessons on friendships, business relations, spiritual connections, financial growth and more, it’s been a trying year. Our limits were stretched on several levels. Our patience was tested. We questioned ourselves and we questioned God. We put in good work, but for some, things didn’t seem to pan out. Lessons were learned.

Well, if the numbers are being translated properly, you may just see the good work you started come to completion this year. That doesn’t mean that you’ll never start anything else, but that the beginning of your perfecting process for certain things will come to an amazing and harmonious end. You’ll buy that house, start that business, close that deal, become more organized, love yourself, write your book, see the end to pain and strife, stop putting yourself in precarious positions and more. You can do it. . .this year! However, it appears that it won’t be a free for all. Nope, no way. If you want it, you’ve got to prove it. If you entered this year with some of the same woes to had in 2011, it just means the fight is on, but hopefully completion is near.

I don’t have any proof, just a feeling that there are a few things we can do to ensure completion. These are not ranked, simply numbered. Use, all, some or none.

1. Hang in. Despite what it looks like, you’re win is going to arrive.
2. Write down what you’re after. Some of us are fighting the good fight, with no clear vision of where we want to land. This could keep you spinning in circles.
3. Remove the negative people from your life and psyche. I know you love ’em, but they’ve got to go. You’re going somewhere, and it’s too far for them to travel.
4. Close your eyes every night on your way to sleep and envision the outcome.
5. Wake up in the morning and envision the day.
6. Get to know yourself. Find out what makes you tick. This will assist you in avoiding the same pitfalls along the way. Shameless plug, but my new book, “The Things I Used to do to Sneeze!: How to live an authentic life with awesome sensations” is a great start.
7. Own your parts of the journey that didn’t work. Trust me, I know that there is enough blame for everyone; however we spend too much time pointing fingers. Don’t judge. Just look.
8. Give yourself a break. Don’t be so hard on yourself for not getting “it” done last year. It wasn’t meant to be completed then.
9. Find the resources you need. Don’t go it alone. It doesn’t work. Really, no man is an island unto himself.
10. Identify your process for renewing yourself. Go to the gym, smell flowers, spend time with your family, bake. Find it and avail yourself of it. You will need your strength.
11. Don’t pretend things are well when they are tough. There is a difference between being optimistic and covering up things that need to be discussed and worked through.
12.  Finish strong!

I believe this just may be your year of completion. You have 12 months, this year, to work with. Spend 12 minutes each night and morning envisioning your end goals.


Monica Cost is an author, communications strategist, brand manager and respected corporate and motivational speaker. She is the President and Founder of Evidently Assured, a communications and brand management firm. Email her at:  [email protected]. Follow her via Twitter: @monicacost and She is the author of the Live Your Truth manual “The Things I Used to do to Sneeze!: How to live an authentic life with awesome sensations”.