Last week, we looked at why it’s important to plan for the new year. Setting goals for the new year will give you a sense of purpose; it will help you focus and direct your limited time and energy towards what’s really important; and it will motivate and energise you to achieve something that is truly meaningful to you.
This week, we’ll give you the chance to do just that, and plan for a successful new year.
I left my corporate job in 2013, and I’ve been reimagining ‘success’ ever since. And what is ‘success’? Well, it’s really just the achievement of an aim or a purpose – which means that you have to decide on what that aim or purpose is!
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That means stripping away the ‘shoulds’ of what you think other people expect you to do and getting clear on what’s really important to you.
It means moving beyond the narrow focus of the work domain and away from the classic career path of linear progression up the corporate ladder.
It means considering everything that’s important to you, everything that you have ever wanted, and everything that would make you happy and fulfilled.
My approach to new year’s planning
As we established last week, New Year’s resolutions are not particularly effective when it comes to planning and achieving goals.
Instead, here’s what I like to do at the end of each year:
- Review the previous year – what worked well, what didn’t, what was missing and what you want more of in the coming year
- Use the 5Ls model to review different areas of your life – your wellness and wellbeing, relationships and romance, learning and development, career and impact, and fun and spontaneity
- Come up with an overall theme – the north star that will point you in the right direction without being too restrictive
- Define specific objectives – meaningful goals with a clear understanding of why they are important to you
- Include a ‘bucket list’ goal – add a bit of a wild card that will mix it up and keep things interesting
Join me as we plan for the new year
If you’d like help planning for the new year, book a free call to discuss how I can help you set yourself up for success.