Here are steps 4 and 5 to achieving Your Best Year Ever
Now the next part of the process is probably the most exciting because this is were you start building your blueprint for the next 12 months.
What do you really want in 2009? What goals really matter?
Lots of people come up with lengthy laundry lists of of vague, wishy-washy resolutions with no real oomph in them. Often we don’t even really care about them at all. They’re just fashionable or what we think we “should” care about, or based on what we think other people expect of us.
What do I mean? You know, resolutions like this:
I’ll cut our overheads
I’ll be more focussed
I’ll be a better ____ (parent/boss/friend/spouse), etc
I’ll clear our overdraft
I’ll do more to bring in new business
Unclear statements like this can NEVER engender any real enthusiasm. As a matter of fact, they’re far more likely to cause you to feel bad rather than good because they all focus on something that’s MISSING rather than on what’s truly desired.
The goals that you need to be setting need to be SMART. You are probably already familiar with the idea of smart goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound. Click here for a more detailed article on SMART goals. But a couple of areas I would stress are:
That your goals need to be specific. Describe in specific detail exactly what it is that you want to achieve.
They also need to be expressed in the present tense as if now; as if you already had the goal, and each goal needs a precise time: day, date, month and year, and in some cases it might even be a time of day.
It is also too easy to set resolutions or goals in some areas which are not then compatible with other areas for life. For example people often set very ambitious goals for their business, which then conflict with personal goals. So when setting goals for the coming year it is a good idea to look at all areas of life. Business and career, Personal development, Family, Possessions & things that you want , Spirituality, Relationships or personal relationships, Health and fitness and Financial. Those aren’t in any particular order of importance and ideally you’ll want to have goals in every single area of life.
So now what I want you to do is take some time, (this is probably the lengthiest part of this process) and literally dream, literally brainstorm what are all the things that you want to achieve in all those areas over the next 12 months. At this point don’t worry if your goals are realistic or achievable or not; just brainstorm. Play with the idea, focus your energy and attention on it until it’s clear and sharp and big enough to be exciting to you, until you feel great just thinking about it. (It doesn’t matter at all what anyone else might think of it.) What are all the things over the next 12 months you want to be, you want to do, that you want to have in all those areas of life. The being, the doing and having of which would make the coming year the best year ever.
Now thing about what you need to do to reach these goals? For each goal outline resources you need, action you need to take and the support you’ll need.
So now it is time for you to take action in the doing, the being and the having. Remember there will always be uncertainty, the coming year will be as uncertain as last year and every year to come will be. They will always be uncertainty in our lives. The secret is to act with certainty in everything you have put in your journal.
Give up the all-or-nothing, only-perfection-will-do approach.
You can’t break a resolution by messing up just once or even several times. Whenever you notice you’ve gone a bit off-course get back on-track by shifting your actions to get you back on course. Re-visit your Rules for Success. From this list, what single thing if you did it regularly would make the most difference in helping you achieve your goals?
Keep it simple: Pay attention. If things aren’t working try something different. Correct your course.
Congratulations; you have finished your best year ever process. Just for a moment consider how much time you have just spent creating the coming year the way you absolutely want it. My guess is about 1 -2 hours and that is probably 1 – 2 hours more than most people you know have invested in creating the coming year as they want it. Though also consider with whom you share what you have written in your journal. For many people the best time to discover what your goals are is when they see you achieve them.
Good luck and best wishes for YOUR BEST YEAR EVER