This time of year is a great time to reflect and look back over the past year. What did you accomplish? What did you avoid? How far have you come? Have you fulfilled those burning desires you oh so wanted a year ago?
I know I always take a step back this time of year and think about what I‘ve accomplished. What I avoided? And how far I have come. And this year is no exception. YES! I stuck to my workout plan. Woohoo! CRAP! I didn’t do so well on eating “real” vegetables, but I did stick to getting more veggies through my daily smoothie. That HAS to count for something doesn’t it? And to top it off, I started my own business and I couldn’t be happier. This goal has been on my list for years, but it was never written down until this year. And I am going to show you why that is so important.
Figure out what is in your heart and what you want to achieve. What lights you up inside? What would make you so happy you would shout it from the rooftops? Write that down. Take a piece of paper, or in your journal and write down what your dream day/year would look like. What sort of life do you really want to create for yourself? Dream about how you want to feel in your life. Think about what your day looks like. Where you are waking up? What is happening? Who is with you? How do you feel? That is key, how do you feel? Spend a little time in doing this. It will be fun. Just get lost in your dream world.
Then I want you to figure out, how you want to feel in your key areas of your life? Start with the following six areas of your life: Personal Growth, Partner/Romance, Friends/Family, Career, Finances and Health. Determine what feels good to you and write it down. Try and come up with 3-5 core overarching desired feelings that you would like to have in your life. This is not 3-5 for each area, this is 3-5 for overarching feelings. What is your core desired feeling in each area? Do you want to feel accepted, supported or loved by your partner? Do you want to feel radiant health in your life? Do you want to feel joy or proud of yourself in your career? Try to avoid words like successful because society has put too much weight into this word. Just focus on truly how you want to feel.
Once you have your core desired feelings written down, then I want you to think about 3 goals that you would like to achieve in 2015 that will help you fuel these feelings. Don’t choose to do anything on your list if it doesn’t align with your core feelings.
BREAK IT DOWN. WRITE IT DOWN.
The best way to achieve what you want is to create smaller, actionable steps and create a realistic time frame to achieve each one. As you get started you might need to refine your goals. Certain tasks take longer than you might originally think, and it is fine to re-evaluate and reassess. For example, starting a business can be a daunting goal. But breaking it down into bite size chunks and working with a Business Coach can really help. You might achieve some of those goals quicker than others, but don’t lose faith. I had a goal to launch my website in a month, it took me 6 weeks. Big deal. I still achieved it and couldn’t have been more excited with my results. The bottom line is you need to break down the larger goal into bite size chunks that you can achieve.
It is so incredibly important to celebrate your successes along the way. How will you celebrate when you hit your benchmarks? I remember a girlfriend of mine who lost 100 pounds over a year. She celebrated every 10 pounds she lost with a banana split. I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but come on, she deserved to celebrate and live a little after losing each of those 10 pounds and you know what, she lost that 100 pounds and has kept it off for 10 years. Impressive. For me, I have been known to celebrate by dancing and singing when I achieve a small goal. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I gave my notice. I had champagne that night and it was the best celebration ever.
P.S. Sign up for a FREE Business Breakthrough call with me today if you have a dream of unleashing your dream business in 2015. I can help you find the clarity, confidence and provide you the kick-in the pants you need to make it happen. I am here to see you succeed.
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