How is the new year unfolding for you? Are you on track to make this your best year ever? The truth is 2016 will be littered with opportunities and challenges. The very ingredients for success! The purpose of this first of a three part series is to ensure that you are freed up, energized, and available for the year to be your best year EVER. After all, if you are not emotionally and mentally present, how can it be your best ever?
Making Space for Success To Emerge: Despite your intentions and resolutions, you may fail to produce your best year simply because you have no space and energy to do it. Success cannot emerge in a space of uncertainty, fear, and worry. Unknown to most people, one of the biggest sources of worry, uncertainty, and fear is uncompleted things, unresolved issues and physical and emotional clutter. These stifle creativity and ingenuity, robs your time and energy, and leaves you tired, overwhelmed and susceptible to breakdowns. Addressing these up front allows you to significantly expand your energy, creativity, time, and passion and create the space for an amazing 2016.
Below are a series of powerful clearing and completing exercises. Take them on and notice the remarkable burst of energy and clarity you will experience. Share it with your spouse, family and friends.
- Free Up Yourself: Make a complete list of the goals, promises and commitments you made to yourself last year. State whether it was accomplished or not. Acknowledge how you feel about each (disappointed, sad etc). Identify what stopped you (money, time, lack of knowledge etc). Suggest what you can do to not be stopped by that thing next year (invite partners, develop courage etc). Release yourself from the goal/promise or commitment by declaring. “This is what it is, and I am complete with it”.
- Free up Your Relationships: Identify the seven main relationships in your life last year and for each, answer the following questions.
- What promises did I make or what expectations did they have of me that was not fulfilled?
- What am I upset, annoyed or displeased about that was not fully communicated?
- What do I want to thank and acknowledge them for contributing to my life?
Before the year is out, have a conversation to share with each of them. Don’t overlook your children.
- Free Up Your Money: Make a list of all outstanding money matters you have.
- Who owes you money and how much?
- Who do you owe and how much? Include outstanding traffic fines, taxes, past due credit card, mortgage or utility payments, monies stolen etc.
- Create a list of your monthly/quarterly/annual financial commitments.
- List all your account balances.
Money becomes more manageable when you have absolute clarity about it
- Free up Your Physical Environment: Have your home, office, and car thoroughly cleaned.
- Organize; file all personal & business papers, books, notes, receipts etc. Throw away what’s no longer needed.
- Go through all closets, drawers, cupboards, basements, garages, computer files, inbox, etc and clear everything that you have not used in six (6) months.
- Fix everything in your home, office or car that does not work or discard them.
These activities take courage. Contact me for coaching on how to have the conversations to complete with people. Notice the space, freedom and time that will become available to you upon completion of each task.
Look out for part two, “Fueling your best year”. You will discover some amazing things you have on which you can build an outstanding year. For more tips, tools, forms and strategies to clear your space to launch 2016 in a powerful way contact me at email@example.com . DON’T HOPE, CREATE AN AMAZING YEAR!
Executing Your Best Year
Welcome to the final of this three part series. If you have been taking action on the previous articles, you are well on your way to making this your best year. You have cleared the space for success to emerge, and connected with your treasures. If you missed the previous articles check the blog archives.
The next step is to set clear and powerful goals and create the support structures to fulfil your goals. The key elements of the goal setting phase includes identifying your key roles and commitments, exploring the outcomes of most value and importance to you, and crafting a vision statement of what your best year will be. For more tips, tools and coaching on how to complete this phase contact us about our “My Best Year Yet – Success Program”. The rest of this article will look at creating the structure to deliver your best year. This is the element that most people miss.
Managing For Your Best Year: The key to causing this year to be your best year is intention and management. What that requires is a performance management system. Such a system allows you to clarify, measure, and manage your goals, performances and results. All successful people have a similar system. I describe below, the key elements of such a system. With some ingenuity and a little coaching you can create one for yourself.
- Devise SMART Goals: Break your vision statement into primary goals. Goals are measures of success. They are not tasks, resolutions or dreams. To be powerful, goals are to be framed in a SMART way:
- Specific – It is explicit and precise.
- Measurable – You know clearly when it is accomplished,
- Attainable & Attractive– It needs to be inspiring, a stretch AND you can see yourself getting there,
- Realistic & Relevant – It is do-able, real and practical, and aligns with your values and commitments,
- Time-Bound – There is a due date and milestones.
- Outline Your Strategies And Action Plans: Strategies answer the question “How Best” to achieve your goals. The best strategy leverages your key strengths and assets and focuses your actions. An Action Plan is the step by step lay-out of exactly what will be done, by whom, and when. Include daily and monthly routine actions as well as success practices to be developed. The plan-of action is transferred to your calendar in the form of daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Eg. If your goal is to increase your income by $1,000,000 this year, one strategy could be to developing an internet business selling personal development (PD) courses and books. Actions from that strategy could be; 1) Register a domain name by January 25, (2) build a website by Feb 15, (3) Share my website with 10 people daily.
- Create a Team and Accountability Partners – You are the easiest one to sell out on yourself. That is why a team is essential to making this your best year. This can take many forms. You can have a coach, mentor, mastermind group, or board of directors. The key is that you have people who are operating at a higher level than you are, then really empower them to hold you accountable. Schedule at least two meetings with them monthly.
- Create A Daily Goals Reminder: Vivid images of your goals sharpen your beliefs and accelerate the behind-the-scenes-spiritual-work of your subconscious mind. The best goal reminder systems are those which combine visual images with mobility. A small scrapbook is my best recommendation in this regard. Other options are a vision board, screen savers or audio recording.
- Devise a Scoreboard: If it is not being measured there is a great chance that it will never get done. Create a scorecard and a system to review measure and evaluate your performance and results each week or at least monthly. The key is to identify and measure the leading and predictive indicators of performance.
- Reward Yourself: Encouragement sweetens labour. What can you give to yourself for succeeding? Set this up in advance. Be serious about it. Give yourself small gifts for achieving milestone goals and a big gift for the major goals. Otherwise, make it a habit to note and celebrate your progress each week.
- Give Thanks & Give Back: Wrap up all the above with an attitude of gratitude and a deep appreciation for who you are, where you are and what is possible. Each day let someone know that they have contributed to your great life. Then continue to solidify your growth by sharing what you are learning with others.
Make 2016 your best year yet! Don’t just hope that it will, find the courage, discipline and deliberateness to carve it out with your team and performance management system. Let me know how I could support. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 876-818-3550.