I love this time of year. The anticipation for the holiday season, the decorating, the shopping, the excitement on my kids’ faces as they open up each day on the Advent calendar. I feel like a kid again and it’s so refreshing. Do you feel that way too?
I actually take time to sit and relax and just admire the beautiful Christmas tree or pop in a Christmas movie on a weeknight! It’s the only time of year where I don’t feel guilty about being unproductive. All the stresses of the past year seem to fade away in the midst of Christmas music and the smells of the wonderful food. (mostly cookies, cakes and pies….I’m no cook, but I love to bake!)
I enjoy the downtime to think and journal about how this past year has gone and how I want the upcoming year to go. I’ve come up with 8 simple steps to go through to make sure you’re on the right path to the year of your dreams.
8 Simple Steps to Plan a Successful 2017
1. Reflect on the current year before looking ahead to next year.
This is so important because we can’t possibly know what we want to change or improve in the future if we haven’t evaluated what is our current state. Think about how you’re feeling about the various areas of your life. [Consider your family, health, personal growth, finance, career, attitude, social life, relationships.] I think this quote by John C. Maxwell sums it up pretty well; “Evaluated reflection turns experience into insight.”
2. Stay positive
As you reflect on the past year, it’s okay to acknowledge the things that didn’t go well, or mistakes you made, but don’t dwell on those mistakes. The past is done and can’t be changed, so use that energy on learning from the mistakes and failures and then develop new and improved ideas. Failures are proof that you’re trying!
3. Express Gratitude
Use a journal or just a notebook and write down 5 things that you’re grateful for this year. It could be something small or big. Even at the end of what seems to be “just another year”, you can usually find several wonderful experiences to be grateful for. I’ve had some pretty tough years in the past when loved ones have passed away and those years do seem to be dark and dreary, but that’s when it’s even more important to find the good things. If you are struggling to find 5 things to be grateful for, consider asking a friend or family member to help come up with something. They are looking at your life from a different perspective which can be very helpful.
4. Get rid of anything that isn’t bringing you value.
Are there any projects or responsibilities that you’ve taken on but just aren’t feeling that passionate about anymore? Can that time be better spent on something else that will bring you more value? Is there any clutter in your home or office that you can let go of to make room for space to think or to just live? Is there any mental clutter that you can put down on paper in a braindump exercise so you feel like you have room in your mind to be creative, calm, relaxed? Be picky about the things you allow in your mental and physical space…..really be sure they have “earned their welcome”!
5. Set goals that make you excited to wake up in morning!!
This one is my favorite because if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I am totally obsessed with goal setting. When coming up with the goal that will light a fire under your rear, think BIG!!! Think SCARY!! The scary goals are the super cool goals that seem almost unattainable, but you know that if you achieve it, you’ll be the happiest you’ve ever been. I don’t remember who first said this quote but, “Dreams come a size too big so you can grow into them.”
6. Break down your big goals into smaller more attainable goals.
I call this “chunking”. Each small task that you need to accomplish in order to reach the big goal is called a chunk. Think about everything you will need to do, to stop doing, do learn, to delegate, to create, who to partner with, etc. Each chunk should take about 10-15 minutes to complete so you are never overwhelmed. Each day try to check 3 chunks off of your TO-DO list. “Your day is your week is your month is your year.” Chris Brogan
7. Schedule long-term (up to 12 months)
Now it’s time to physically place all these smaller goals, your chunks, into your planner so you can “keep your eye on the prize” all throughout the year. This will keep you motivated and excited to keep pressing on when things get tough and also help you from feeling overwhelmed and ineffective. I recommend penciling in deadlines for your smaller goals on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. At the end of each week have a quick review of your progress to see if you’re still on track for meeting your deadline.
8. Take time out!
When looking ahead to the upcoming year, block out your vacation days so you aren’t tempted to skip them when the time comes. Sometimes we get so caught up in working towards our goals that we keep working and never take a break. Block out those days now, and fill in your smaller goals and your 3 daily chunks around those days. Having a vacation to look forward to often keeps us energized to work hard to “earn our time off”.
Well, there you have it. Those are the 8 steps I go through when anticipating the new year. These steps may seem very small and insignificant, but trust me when I tell you they are a game-changer!
This year has been one of the best years of my life because I finally got up the courage to go for my dreams and build a business where I can help other moms like myself live the life they so strongly desire.
Moms are amazing people with the biggest hearts, but we also tend to neglect our own passions and desires for the sake of other people we care about. I am devoted to helping women live a life of harmony, (I don’t think balance is ever possible), where every component of our life works well together and you are therefore able to reach your greatest dreams.
It’s taken me several years to analyze what worked and what didn’t work in my own life and come up with ways to organize my life, set up routines for myself and my family, set up my goals properly so I was actually able to achieve them, and strengthen my mindset so it’s more positive, grateful and confident.
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