Another year bites the dust. What are you doing now to help 2018 be the year of your life?!
Gone, in a flash, 365 days, again. It might have been a whole fresh start, or a year of carrying on as before and achieving satisfying results. It will be whatever it needs to be. Let’s reflect on what our year has been like. Were you happy, satisfied, hopeful and energised, or sad, low, depressed, peeved off, unsatisfied? Or was it just okay – didn’t move too much either way?
Now consider the next 12 months and what you really want. What will you be doing? Get a clear picture, next, feel it inside your body and notice how it feels; this is magic and important to connect with ‘self’. Generally a New Year is seen as time to refocus. Many of us get excited by new goals, ideas and plans. New relationships, businesses, adventures and stories. Even before the predicted fireworks light up the sky and booming sounds erupt to celebrate the New Year, some of us have already assessed the past year and have plans to be ready for action. Without action there is no change and a constant sameness plays out. Missed opportunities equals unfulfillment and unhappiness.
Here are some tips for ending the year on a high and raising the bar on 2018:
Note: Some of these ideas may seem a stretch however it’s what supports change.
- Approach the New Year methodically. Make a plan, even if it’s a rough draft. Note easy things; school holidays, birthdays, camping weekends, breakaways, date nights. When it’s listed, it gives us and our family something to look forward to – it becomes an evolving document. Plans create movement equalling action!
- Look long-term before taking action. Reuse the success of this year. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. A well-discerned plan goes a long way instead of working a half-hearted attempt which, guaranteed, will create regret.
- Aim for positioning and chunking things down. We want to position ourselves for success. If we fail to plan, we plan to fail. 2018 is going to be filled with strength to make changes. Key to placing events, holidays, commitments, etc into a year plan, is asking if it’s easily workable for everyone. All are on the same page and energised. Next key must do, is to spend the time each week planning the upcoming week, helping eliminate communication breakdowns. A plan with fluidity and when working weekly is a winner for action and productivity.
- Imagine the goals and the future we want. Keep the spark alive. Keep the dream, keep the vision always. Know what we are aiming for. No vision = no action = no results. In this moment it’s imperative to connect with our why. Even if our why is difficult to articulate at times, it’s key to our success.
So, what’s next? Ask yourself if you are ready? So, before the fireworks go off and the celebrations begin, contemplate what we need to do to finish this year and put plans in place for next year.
List all our accomplishments for the year, embrace them, reflect on the wins and gain energy and momentum for creating a plan for next year. List our mistakes (being honest). Acknowledge them and know they are learnings and growth. Things happen and will continue to shift and change, it’s our attitude that gets us through to growth.
When wanting to eliminate things that no longer serve us, create symbolical traditions to cast them off. Burn them, bury them, flush away in the toilet or simply throw to the sky and allow them to be taken away in the wind. The past is history, tomorrow is a gift and today is a present, which is why we call it a ‘gift’. Design new dreams and strategies, work with a coach, create a vision board, master the plan and most of all have fun!
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
– Anthony Robbins