On New Year’s Day, my mother wished me a “brilliant new year”. That’s certainly not the standard wish, and it got me thinking. What does it mean to be brilliant, and what would a brilliant year look and feel like (well, for me at least)?According to dictionary.com, brilliant means 1. shining brightly; sparkling; glittering; lustrous; 2. distinguished; illustrious; 3. having or showing great intelligence, talent, quality, etc.; 4. strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright; 5. splendid or magnificent.

Wow! Doesn’t that sound fantastic… and a bit confusing? I mean, what would that look like in real life? Firstly, I’m sure that would look different for each one of us as we each have a unique set of strengths, weaknesses, desires, and biases. So let’s use this time to explore ourselves and figure out how each of us can have a brilliant year. 

What makes you feel strong? Strong?! Yes, like you can face anything and do anything. We have all had moments (at least moments) in life when we felt strong and together. Think back, it’s there, they’re there. What made you feel that way? Write it down.

What makes you ‘sparkle’? You know what I mean. Yes, you do. You sparkle when you are ‘in your element’, when you glow from the inside out, when you are absolutely sure of what you are doing. Not sure? Ask someone close to you and write it down. 

What distinguishes you from every other human being? I know that’s a hard one, but it’s worth pondering. If we each have a unique set of talents and weaknesses then each of us is uniquely qualified for some task. There is something or several things that need to be done that no one can do quite as well as you could or I could. That’s heavy. It means we all have a responsibility to have a brilliant year. Think about what distinguishes you, and… yes, you guessed correctly, write it down.

As you look (and look, and look) at everything you’ve written down, and add to that list, you should see some patterns emerging. Spend time on this. Wouldn’t it be great to have a brilliant year?

Are you still confused about how? I’m not so confused anymore. I may not have completed my list yet, but I’m already confident about one thing – having a brilliant year involves being myself bravely, but even moreso being my best self bravely.

Join me in having a brilliant year, won’t you?