Your Best Year Ever ~ Setting Goals for 2012 ~ Part 1

Happy New Year!

We all know that having a sound business plan is key to success in any business, and it’s that time of year when we might be looking to update our plan and map out our strategies for the next 12 months.

However don’t underestimate the importance of goal setting as part of this process.

Goals (not just for business, but all areas of life) give us a sense of direction and shape what is to come. They also help us establish a timeline for our actions. Goals give us a target to aim for; helping us to concentrate all our efforts on achieving the outcome. Without a timeline there is no sense of urgency and a lot of time and effort can be wasted on unimportant activities.

But before we go rushing ahead and brushing last year under the carpet (and potentially beating ourselves up for things left undone), it’s good to take stock, celebrate our successes and learn from what we didn’t achieve to make the coming year different.

So before you get sidetracked on too many time-consuming unimportant activities take some time now to reflect on what you truly want to be, do and have in your business (and life) for the coming 12 months.

This process will take you around 2 hours, so a bit longer than the average throw away resolution made on New Year’s Eve.  But to me it is time well spent.

If you prefer to see things written down rather than on a computer screen then I recommend you record all this in a journal, or a hardback book, where you can revisit your notes. Or to access the online version go here. Either way write it down, as this helps reinforce your ideas.

So find yourself a quiet space and set aside a couple of hours to plan Your Best Year Ever.




Let’s start by reviewing the past 12 months.

Most of us have a tendency to view the taking stock process as an opportunity to beat ourselves up and find fault with everything we have NOT accomplished.

Well, enough of that.  Start from a place of power.

This year, give yourself some credit for what you have accomplished! Make a list, and don’t fall into the trap of thinking anything is too small to be significant. In one way or another, in one area or another (and likely in many), you’ve come a long, long way.

So let’s start by reviewing your successes and accomplishments

So starting from January all the way up to today make a list of all of the things that you have achieved, all the goals that you achieved, any new skills learnt, and burdens you have dealt with.  It doesn’t matter how big the goal was or what area of life it was in write down every single thing you have achieved no matter how small no matter how big.  Month by month list and categorize every single thing you have achieved in the last 12 months.

Now let’s take a look at what you have written. I bet you have achieved more over the last 12 months than you thought you did. So notice how good it makes you feel when you look at what you have gone out and done.

  • What have you achieved?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What have you learnt that you didn’t know 12 months ago?
  • What new skills have you acquired that you didn’t have this time last year?
  • What challenges have you overcome?
  • What setbacks have you overcome?
  • What setbacks have you overcome?
  • What situations will you look back on with a smile, even if at the time it was uncomfortable?
  • What have you learnt from these experiences?
  • How does it feel to be reminded of all your achievements?

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See Part 2 tomorrow or access the whole programme online here

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