December 22 came and, best as I can tell, the world has not ended. Cool.

As we look ahead to 2013 (other than overcoming my triskaidekaphobia), I was thinking about an exercise I’ve used for myself and with clients. What is the one word/phrase/concept that captures the future you are creating for the new year. Simply put, for you, 2013 will be the year of _______? What will catalyze you and be a touchpoint for your next year?

A number of good candidates have bounced around my thoughts for the past few days. On a cross-country ski trail in Gatineau on Christmas Eve, it hit me: The Year of Deepening. The idea of taking various areas of my life to richer, more fulfilling levels really resonated with me. Primarily, deepening my relationships seems like a truly valuable focal point. I’m committed to more intimacy and vulnerability in my marriage. I see the value of greater curiosity to deepen my connections with my sons and with my friends. I have a variety of interests both personally and professionally that will be more satisfying if I stay on-course and descend into the nuances. In seeking depth, it will be helpful to simplify, de-clutter, and prioritize. I may need to say no to some of the shiny new ideas and projects to sink into existing adventures.

What’s next for you? What’s your current, greatest yearning? What will bring you the most joy, love, prosperity, and growth? What’s worth coming back to again and again over the next twelve months?

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year (of ___________).

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