As a former Fortune 500 Business Coach, It was my job to see that the people I was responsible for were implementing SMART BUSINESS PRACTICES and becoming as successful as possible. The most powerful time to ensure that would happen had always been and still is, during the changing from one year to the next. January is a fantastic month (or in some cases, a needed excuse) to leave the unwanted things in your life behind and realign your focus on what you really want to see happen for and to yourself.
A powerful way to do this is through GOAL PLANNING & VISUALIZATION. When done correctly, the results are literally LIFE CHANGING! However, it does take some time, commitment and a bit of dedicated work. First, it’s important to keep in mind that time has no conscience. You can’t put this one off. However, if you jump in and get going straight away, you’re sure to be further along than if you hadn’t begun at all. Make sense?
First thing (and very important), you’re going to have to make some room in your schedule to actually do this. You can’t simply squeeze LIFE PLANNING in – or expect it to just find a place somewhere. You’ve got to start off by setting up management meetings with yourself. Schedule specific times throughout the weeks where you meet with yourself for LIFE PLANNING MEETINGS.
I consider January BUSINESS MONTH. It’s the FOUNDATIONAL MONTH of the year where you lay out your plan of attack for the new year. Once January is all set up, the rest of the year has something strong to build upon. It’s very similar to any construction project; you can only go as high as the foundation is deep. This is a basic physics POWER PRINCIPAL and hopefully, should make sense to you. Henry David Thoreau said, “Build your castles in the air, just don’t forget to put the foundation under them.”
Goals are Simply Dreams in Action
Take some time to ponder these questions for yourself and journal your answers:
•What do you want to do with yourself (your overall expression)?
•What do you want out of your full life experience (approximately 80 years, give or take)?
•What have you wanted to do, get, or become, and haven’t yet followed through on?
•What dreams need to be dusted off, shaken & stirred, shined up, revisited, and put back on track?
•And what are you determined to accomplish in 2017?
It’s important to keep your thoughts and emotions activated in your life planning. Maintain your spiritual nature (your source) in those plans. Keep your passion integrated throughout all you do. Your passion is your secret weapon! Stay holistic by sustaining a strong Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit! And, anywhere along the way that you discover contrary obstacles to you being whole and healthy, effective and complete, put action into making the adjustments necessary to correct those obstacles.
It’s easy to get sidetracked. In life as well as in business, we can find ourselves so busy surviving that we forget to design a life that reflects our sincerest desires. Do not take this for granted for a minute as it occurs more often than you’d think. Your survival job takes over a bigger and bigger piece of your creative life and the next thing you know, you aren’t anywhere near where you thought you’d be… and you’re that much older. Not good!
Don’t buy the lie!
Bad things happen! And, It’s a lie that you’re the victim of each bad circumstance you encounter, or that you don’t have a choice in each matter. If you’ve ever had that experience, you don’t have to buy it. You have a choice! As with acting, strong choices accompanied with proper action and a bit of patience will ultimately create EMPOWERING LIFE PROMISE for you!
The words “goal planning” can often have a bad connotation – or even a reverse effect. Instead of inspiring you, they can push you towards suddenly having to deep clean the bathroom, purge your clothes closet, or call that old friend you’ve lost touch with. When you think about planning for your future you’d rather find something—anything—else to do than plan or even think about the future. Let alone a future bright with optimism!
Like it or not, this isn’t going to happen without you! You’re the one who has the active role in bringing your dreams to fruition. With a little bit of DIRECTION and some FOCUSED ENERGY, you can make a big difference in your life. Here’s what you can do:
As I mentioned earlier, you’ve got to carve out some time, some specific time, and let your thoughts begin to soar. Allow your mind to run wild with imagination! As you do, write down at least 25 things you would love to do. Try not to judge and don’t limit yourself. Just write!
Place a prospective deadline on each goal on your list. Such as: by next week, by the end of this month, by next year or even bucket list items. Napoleon Hill said, Dreams are Goals with Deadlines. So, write them all down and mark them without editing. Make your list amazing, think big, and, very important, no judging!
Once you’ve completed your list (no rush), separate your list into columns. Divide the list into things that are just because they’d be fun from the things that will assist your overall life plan.
NOTE: Pacing this work out throughout the month will not only take some of the pressure off of you, it will actually build in momentum. After a few sessions, you’ll really be getting into it.
Once you’re done constructing your list, check to make sure the things on your lists contribute to your growth and advancement. In other words, they move your story forward and don’t distract from it.
A Vision Statement is a powerful and effective tool that takes what’s in your heart, mind, and spirit and makes it tangible. Your statement can be as simple as one or two sentences or a full paragraph statement providing insight into your purpose. It also gives strategic direction as to where you’re headed. Take some time and write out your Vision Statement! And don’t worry, you can always make changes and adjustments.
Remember to be creative with this process. DREAM, CREATE, ENVISION, and use your IMAGINATION. Don’t get caught up with where you or “things” presently are. See things as they could be, as you’d like them to be. Allow your imagination the freedom to explore. Work on POSSIBILITIES instead of obstacles, worries, and concerns.
Even when things don’t seem to be going so well (which happens to everyone), don’t allow yourself to be easily swayed. Find your strength and own it! It’s important to keep in mind, there’s always a delay between sowing and reaping. You plant (action) in one season, and you harvest (see results) in another. Patiently move your story forward, and in time you can be living the life that you’re dreaming of!