How to Create Your Best Year Yet
The new year brings new opportunities, growth and fun. I truly believe that! Change doesn’t happen overnight but there are 365 days to try and that’s the important thing.
This year I wanted to get intentional about what the year would hold for us. I don’t believe in leaving it all up to chance because I want to avoid living another year with no progress or change.
Do you ever feel stuck too?
Planning helps you look ahead and anticipate what is next. If you’re falling behind on the progress you want to make, you can pivot and start working again towards your goal – nothing wrong with that! If you come across a challenge that is sure to stop you, reassess your plan and move some stuff around so you can continue again later – no big deal!
The point is, without a plan, if you fall behind or encounter challenges, what you’re trying to accomplish will get thrown away and another year of no progress will pass. Frustrating, right?
Download the accompanying workbook and let’s get started on making some plans so you’re getting the new year started off right.
Once you complete this post, you will have your short- and long-term goals in mind. You will have it all broken down into a plan for the next year. Now you can start focusing on really completing your goals once and for all!
The Right Mindset Matters
First things first, you need to be in the right mindset!
Setting new year’s resolutions and wanting to improve your self seems to have gotten a bad reputation. Maybe it’s fear of failure or fear of success. Maybe it’s because it’s hard to figure out where to even begin.
Some of us have convinced ourselves that it’s too hard, too big of a goal or that we’re not going to get anywhere with it.
The thing I’ve figured out though is that continuing to try for improvement is okay. It’s okay if it takes all year. Progress isn’t usually something that you see overnight anyway.
I stumble all the time – on this blog, in my work and in just about any project I’ve taken on. The difference between me and others though is that I keep trying until I have an answer. I’m willing to try and see what works and what doesn’t.
If any of this resonates with you, just know that I understand where you are coming from and it’s okay to not have it all perfect. It’s okay if people around you don’t get it either, you will love your progress while they stay in the same place, but you need to start for that to happen.
Keep trying and we’ll be here working our way through our journey alongside you.
Let’s Get Focused
It’s time to get clear on what you’re focus is going to be for the year.
Pick a theme that encompasses what you want to focus on. This is helpful because it puts opportunities and actions into perspective in this planning session and as others arise throughout the year.
If there is something that falls out of your theme for the year, you can always refer to your “word” (see the accompanying downloadable workbook for more on this) and decide if it’s worth splitting up more of your time, energy and resources. If it isn’t, then don’t worry about it and pick something that does make sense.
An example that I like to use is the theme of growth. This can be used for personal and professional which is great. This theme goes in so many directions and can be for your work, your skill set, your business or finances.
I like themes because they give you focus without boxing you in! Perfect!
Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
Goals are great to have because they help you keep making progress towards living the life that you really want.
For this post and downloadable workbook, short-term is going to mean something that can be accomplished in six months or less. Long-term goals are those that are up to 12 months.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this has to be small though! I recently took on a project that had a 60-day timeframe attached and you will be amazed at what can be accomplished in that amount of time. You really can do some great things in 6 months or a full year!
Write down your goals and brainstorm some action items that need to be completed to help you get to the finish line. When you are thinking of action items, remember that these need to be within your control. For example, writing down “get a new job” isn’t clear enough and a better action would be to attend three networking events to build your connections.
I’m also a big believer of putting a date on action items, whether one really exists or not. Creating check-in points can help keep you accountable to what you want to accomplish.
Keep your goals in sight as a reminder to help you achieve it all.
Plan It All Out
Completing a monthly overview for the year will be helpful to you because it helps to avoid pushing your goals off when things get tough. You will run into challenges throughout the year and getting ahead of your planning will help you be flexible when it’s needed and help you get on track if you get distracted.
While you’re doing this, feel free to jot down any important dates or fun plans you have made and any ideas that will help you live the year you want to live.
Be as detailed as possible! The goal is to layout your year before your eyes, so you know what to expect.
Work the action items you created into your monthly overview. This makes your goals real and they become a part of your year!
The beginning of the new year is a great time to get intentional about your goals and planning for the year ahead. Planning has so many benefits! You will have your goal in mind when things get tough and the challenges creep up. You will be able to prioritize opportunities that come your way.
If you are feeling stuck year after year, you don’t need to give up on making resolutions. Change doesn’t happen overnight, be flexible and be okay with progress taking time. Give yourself the space to try and fail. At the end of the day, what will set you apart from the others is that you keep trying and make forward progress towards your goals.
Make your goals a part of your life by working them into a plan now. This will help to make them real.
Tell us, have you gained greater focus on what your new year holds? Share your focus with us in the comments and let your friends know about this post so they can start getting closer to living the life they dream of too.
Brandon and Cristal