Some ideas and inspiration to begin the year as a winner. New Year is approaching! And everyone is very excited to have the a successful year. It’s time for reflection and goal-setting.
In times of information overload and distraction, the key to success is structure and focus! Never before we have been bombarded constantly with so much stuff. Stuff looking for our attention! And biggest asset is TIME. We will trade anything for our time. We don’t even pick up the phone in 2016. No.. no.. we will call back when it’s on our time! Time is scarce and how we spend it defines the quality of our lives. Today is times of greatest distraction and simultaneously – greatest possibilities! So how do win in such times and get the most out of 2016? While there’s no simple formula to describe that – below I’m pointing a few ideas to help you kickstart 2017, prepared to ROCK it ON!
1. HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
Learning from the past (5 X 5). Often people look forward, but forget to learn from the past. Or simply to appreciate it. Looking through your past year could give you a lot of great ideas for the future.
Here are some questions, that can help you reflect on the year:
- What are the 5 things are you most grateful about in 2016?
- What are the 5 greatest achievements that you did in 2016?
- What are the 5 people that impacted your life the most in 2016?
- What are the 5 greatest lessons you learned in 2016?
- What are the 5 things you would do differently if you could?
2. CHOOSE IN FAVOR OF YOUR PASSIONS
What if you this year you decide – that you will focus your time on living your passions full out? NY Bestselling author Janet Attwood in her book and seminars – The Passion Test – describes the #1 tool of discovering your top 5 passions and markers / or evidence on how to live them fully. As a passion test facilitator I would strongly recommend using the tool as a powerful step of designing your year of success. You can do the test online or check out for events in your area at the webpage. Think of your passions as your long term compass to base your yearly goals around.
Imagine how will your life change if you decide to spend your year living your passions full out? As Janet says: “Whenever you are faced with a choice, decision or opportunity, always choose in favor of your passions” .
3. BRAINSTORM BOLDLY
10x your goals. Motivational speaker Les Brown often says: “The problem is not that people aim too high and miss, but that people aim too low and hit” What if this year you decide to 10x your goals. Yes exactly – to multiply the expected outcome of your goals 10 times. For example if you were to plan saving USD 20,000, you set a goal to save 200,000 USD instead. Scary huh? But hey – imagine how would you act if you were to aim for the stars? How would you approach the achievement of these goals? How would you spend your time? If you know what your top passions are – you can brainstorm concrete, measurable goals within the 2017 context. Remember to include goals in each area of your life.
I usually borrow from Tony Robbins’ – Time of Your Life program, and defining the most important areas in my personal and professional life and add goals under each area. That way it’s more structured.
4. LASER FOCUS
Decide to Focus on 5 Major Areas. Now, from the big list of goals and ideas you came up with – we want to pick ones that are most important. The problem here is “choices”. We have way too many options. We get distracted and never really focus consistently on just a few key areas and become the best at it. Instead we spend our time getting side-tracked by secondary activities. It’s easy to get off track. We need a compass again!
In his book – 18 minutes of focus, Peter Bregmann suggests focusing on only 5 major areas that you would want to spend 95% your time within an year. It’s scientifically proven that our brain could hardly focus on more than 5 things. All the rest of things go to the Sixth area – called “Other”. These 5 major areas could be very broad. For example: “Attract and serve my ideal clients” or “Spend quality time with friends and family”. Remember the greatest achievers of our time are not there because they very good at SAYING YES, but because they are great at SAYING NO most of the time. Laser focus + consistency = BIG STUFF
5. COMMIT AND DEDICATE
Don’t live the same year again! One of the big issues with new years resolutions are – people don’t follow through. Here’s a few ideas that could help you stay consistent with your goals:
1.Revisit your goals at least weekly
People write their resolutions and check them again the following year. Don’t be these people!! Be a winner! Write your goals in a place you can see often. You can stick them on your wall. You can revisit them every weekend. Do something that keeps you dedicated if you get off track.
2. Find the BIG WHY behind
It’s easy to work on a goal for a day or two. The problem is – big goals require lots of energy. What is your Big Reason behind your goal? Why do you want that so much? Connect with your purpose will give you extra drive to follow through.
3. Find an accountability partner
Having someone to keep you accountable is simply great. Get your friend, your spouse, a family member – or hire a coach to be your accountability partner. And don’t be nice to yourself. Set some rules! Be willing to punish yourself in case you don’t follow through. And of course reward yourself if you are doing well. Play it like a game. Remember how much you want to achieve that goal!
And please feel free to comment and state your questions below! I would love to hear your best tips and advice to kickstart the new year.