10 years of coaching my clients on how to make their big ideas become reality has taught me a lot about setting goals, priorities, intentions and creating a vision.
If there is one thing I know for sure it’s that these are not the result of an act you perform only at the beginning of the year. The right planning framework will take you on a journey that can last many months.
The fact is that even when you create daily, weekly, and monthly plans, you will fail. And that’s okay. So long as you have a solid planning strategy you won’t get stuck living your life in reactive mode. Instead of reacting, you will go back to your planning and set more realistic goals when you need to.
I hope the following planning framework will help you set the proper flow to achieve your goals. The right productivity flow requires that you understand how you get inspired and how you want to feel.
This year, take your time setting goals. Don’t rush. Explore, you have a whole year ahead of you. Go a bit deeper to understand what you really want to do and why.
Next, think about the mood for the year. Which simply means, you need to figure out the answer to a few important questions.
How do you want to feel about your life?
What do you want to manifest?
What is the motivation behind your goal, why is it important?
And is it really important to you or to society?
If you deeply do not want it, you will keep on failing and losing your motivation. Having the answer to these questions will help you set the goals that are right for you.
2019 PLANNING EXERCISE
The following will give you a strong start to the new year. But remember, you may need to revisit this exercise more than once. Give yourself 30 minutes or so, sit in a comfortable space with some paper and a pen or some colored pens. Fill in the blanks.
- THE YEAR OF
(Fill in the blank.) Here are some examples: growing/expanding/being kind to yourself and etc.
- PROMISE TO MYSELF
Based on the lessons you learned in 2018, what is a promise you will make to yourself, and me?
(I will provide some light accountability.)
What do you want to manifest this year? What is your vision? We spend a lot of time on task-
based work which is necessary, but I want you to have some fun and dream BIG. (And no, your
weekly homework won’t disappear. Creating the life you want does take work.)
In short, setting the right mood, figuring out what you want to manifest, and the motivation behind it takes time. Don’t rush and enjoy the process.