How are you doing this week?
The holidays are in full swing and I can’t believe that Sunday is already Christmas. I had hoped to write this to you on Sunday, but the week has just escaped me. Every holiday season my to do lists seem to get longer and longer. And part of the reason is that I always use some of the downtime at work to get ahead on my 2017 planning.
For the last 2 parts of this series we talked about:
- Reflecting on 2016 – what has gone well, and some of the lessons you learned
- Fast forwarding into the future to think about your ultimate life goals
And now it is time to get down to brass tacks. How are you going to make 2017 amazing? How are you going to be over the top successful? And not just at work, but in all the areas of your life?
This week’s worksheets are about laying out important goals or focus areas for 2017. There is also a big section on a yearly theme.
I love yearly themes because it helps me make decisions all year long. No matter how hard I try to plan I always go off track – I never seem to complete everything I want to accomplish, and other stuff seems to come up. Having a theme is great though, because it gives you something to come back to and help you make decisions.
For example, last year my yearly theme was Elevate. And the idea behind it was that I wanted to elevate my business, my finances, and my home life. I wanted to take things to the next level.
Whenever I was faced with a big decision – like should I speak at a certain conference, or should I buy that new dress – I would ask myself, how does this elevate my life in 2016? If I didn’t have a good answer or the answer didn’t align with my long term goals I would pass on it.
Brainstorm your theme and sit with the ideas. Come back to it. Take some time and figure out what resonates.
And then be on the lookout because next week it is all about taking these big ideas and themes and then putting an action plan behind them.
Talk soon and have a very wonderful holiday,