December 14, 2017
As 2017 draws to a close it is natural for us to reflect on the year and make an assessment of how successful it has been for us. This period of review can be a useful starting point when giving thought to the following year and how best to prepare for it.
Below are some strategies that I employ when planning my business and personal goals:
Reflect on 2017 first – what worked well (did you celebrate those victories?) and what could have gone better? Be kind to yourself whilst conducting this analysis and adopt a curious rather than critical mindset
Set out clearly defined goals. Be as specific as you can and your subconscious will make a solid attachment to them and you will be more likely to achieve them
How will you know when you’ve achieved your goals? Imagine what it will feel like when you have hit the target. What can you see/hear/taste/smell? The more you use your senses the more firmly embedded your goals will be in your neurology.
What are you core values? Understand them first and then the goals that you set will be congruent with you and you will be more likely to fulfil them
Are your goals really for you or for others? Are you setting them because that’s what you are “expected” to achieve or because you truly want them to happen?
Don’t leave your year plan until January – that’s too late. Make sure its done by the end of December. It is useful to have some time to get used to your goals before you start work on them.
Avoid overwhelm by setting out your goals initially over 12 months and then split up into 90 day chunks.
Separate goals into personal and professional and give both equal attention
Use a balance wheel to partition the goals even further
I find planning a rewarding process and even during this early stage my subconscious mind starts processing and finding solutions that pop into my head at the most random moment. I hope you find these tips as useful as they have been for me.
Wishing you a richly rewarding 2018!