The Power of Designing Your Year
Are you tired of setting goals that don’t stick? Do you start off with great intentions but soon slide back into old habits or get completely side tracked by the busyness of life?
Maybe you think you have goals…
‘I want to lose weight’, ‘I want to get organised’, ‘I want to start a business.’
These aren’t goals, they’re wishes. Everybody has wishes.
So how do you transform a wish into a goal – and then bring it into your life?
I’m going to show you how, step by step in this 4-part blog series.
2019 is going to be YOUR year!
I’m hugely into goals because I’ve got first hand experience of how powerful they are. I’ve learned what makes certain goals stick – and others not. And I’m excited to show you how to Design Your Year!
You’ll create successful goals that will make a positive difference to your everyday life.
This doesn’t have to be climbing a mountain or running a marathon. (Unless you really want to!)
What about productivity goals that’ll help you feel more on top of your busyness? Health goals that’ll bring you fresh energy and vitality?
Perhaps you want to improve your parenting skills, plan some new adventures, or maybe you’ve got a business idea you’d love to get off the ground?
Not all goals are ‘doing’ goals. It’s important to get clear about how you want to feel this coming year so you can balance doing with being.
Every January for the last ten years, I’ve teamed up with my power posse to set our goals for the coming year. We explore what’s worked and what hasn’t in each of our 8 Key Life Areas.
We look back on our previous year to celebrate our successes and explore the reasons for any backsliding. Based on what we’ve learned and how we want life to be – we then set clear goals for the year ahead.
Each year just gets better and better and we can see for ourselves how amazing this process is! (The concept of this Project Me website and global movement was the direct result of a January goal setting session.)
Your Design Your Year homework for part 1:
1. Use The Project Me Life Wheel®
It will help you to break your life down into 8 Key Life Areas so you can get a more objective view of what needs your focus. Sign up below and I’ll send it to you now. (Be sure to check your junk folder if you don’t see it within a few minutes.)
2. Get yourself a dedicated notebook or journal.
It’s important to have one specifically for this – that way you can look back each year and see where you’ve made progress or where you’re stuck.
3. Block off some ‘me-time’.
A couple of hours is ideal (or break it up into two sessions). Tell your family you need some uninterrupted time. They’re going to benefit from you doing this too!
4. Do your Life Wheel check-in.
Use the Life Wheel prompts to reflect on each of your 8 Key Life Areas. If your wheel looks wobbly, it shows you where you need to set some goals that’ll make a real difference in the year ahead. Be honest with yourself and see where there’s room for improvement.
This exercise is not designed to make you feel bad or guilty. It’ll help you to start making positive changes. so you will step out of auto-pilot and begin to consciously create a life you love. Your future self will thank your for it!
My wheel used to be wonky too. I was unorganised, overwhelmed, stressed, shouted at my kids, had a crap work-life balance, a bad diet and suffered from guilt over not being ‘good enough’.
Since I created my own Project Me and began Designing My Year over ten years ago – the transformation has been incredible.
5. It’s time for a braindump!
Write your lowest scoring life area on a fresh page in your notebook, then write your dream vision for how you’d like that area to look, feel and be. Write freely, don’t overthink it or worry about how you’re going to make it happen. Through imagination you can bring to life your deepest desires.
When you’re done, leave a couple of blank pages and do the same for your next life areas.
Well done for taking the first step on what’s going to be an amazing year ahead. Pat yourself on the back for investing this time in you. When you’re ready click here for Part 2: Goals That Rock!
If you’d like support and accountability for all of this, come on over and join Project WE – a private online membership club for women with a growth-mindset who want to achieve their goals – while enjoying the journey. Get full details here.
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