Most New Year’s Resolutions start with a desire to better ourselves. We want to lose weight. We want to make more money. We want to spend more time with family. But why do we want to do those things? That was the premise behind Part One of this series. I hope you have taken a little time and asked yourself some of those questions.
Part Two of this series focused on being intentional and consistent about changing your story. To change your story, you must be intentional and consistent about working on your goals. You need the encouragement of seeing small changes made on a regular basis in order to keep up your momentum. I also talked about gaining focus by using The Storyline Productivity Schedule furnished by Donald Miller over at Storyline.
While being intentional is a must, and being consistent in your actions will allow you to make progress. You also need to know where you want to head, not just why, or how. That’s why I have a few other tools to tell you about today. The first tool I have for you is for a year-end review.
The point to reviewing the past year of your life is so that you can bring it to a close. You need to assess it, asking yourself several different questions including what you accomplished, where you feel like you were slighted and what you feel like you missed out on along with several other questions. Total, you’ll probably spend between 30 to 60 minutes on this review. You’ll find the 7 questions in Michael Hyatt’s post, Seven Questions to Ask About Last Year.
Once you’ve spent a little time reviewing the last year, you’ll be ready to get to work on what you want the next year to look like. As mentioned in one of the previous posts, use a simple goal-setting plan like Michael Hyatt’s Beginner’s Guide to Goal Setting or someone else’s if you find you like one better than another. The point is, you’ve got to get the goals figured out, written down, and in some form that you can review them regularly. You should also include the answers to “why” you want to reach these goals that we talked about previously in part one.
I suggest that if you want to get serious about Changing Your Story and Living Your Dreams, before you set any goals for this year, you’ll want to create a Life Plan. You can get a free e-book on how to create your own life plan here. It includes some specific templates to help get you started and is a wonderful tool to make sure you are always moving in the right direction, and not just whatever direction the wind is blowing.
If you already have a life plan, or know your goals for this coming year, but just need a little help on the path to getting there, I’m offering three complimentary coaching sessions for a limited time. No gimmicks, no tricks, no bull. Just one-on-one help from me to you. My passion is helping people get from where they are to where they want to be in a more effective, and more efficient manner.
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