Christmas was fantastic with the family, and you had a great time with your friends on New Year’s Eve, but now it’s back to reality. The excitement of the festive season fades into memory, and you’re left facing another 365-days in the year to make things happen in your life.
This time you swear, you’re going to start things right and do the planning you need to provide you with direction for the next 12-months. If you’re struggling with how to put things together, then we have a couple of tips for you to implement in your planning phase.
What Do You Want from the Next Year?
12-months is a lot of time; do you know what you want to achieve with it? Medium to long-term planning requires that you set goals to reach and milestones to accomplish if you're going to progress in life.
However, you can’t plan goals and milestones if you don’t know your objective beforehand. Your goals are yours and yours alone to fulfil. You can’t take on anyone else’s hopes and dreams; they need to belong to you if you want to succeed in achieving them this year.
If you don’t already have a clear idea of what you want, sit down and think about what you want to do with your talents and energy for the next year ahead. Think about what resonates with you, and write it down.
The Kaizen Rule of Continuous Improvement
This Japanese rule defines the art of continual self-improvement. Sure, you may have graduated a few years ago, but let’s face it, life is all about learning, and we never stop the search for knowledge or self-enlightenment.
To implement the Kaizen rule in your life, ask yourself what you need to do on a daily basis to improve yourself. Never pass up on an opportunity to grow, and keep your mind open to new experiences.
Tips for Goal-Setting
Setting goals is a worthwhile exercise. What if you could achieve anything you wanted in life, would that interest you? Well, with the right targets, you can have whatever you want in this world. All you need is a strategy, and you’ll find that you stay laser-focused towards hitting your target every time you try.
How to Achieve your Goals – A Method
#1 Create a Vision Board – Cut up old magazines and print a few pictures off of the internet that encompasses what you want to achieve. These can be emotional, physiological or materialistic goals – it’s up to you. Arrange the images in a large collage where you can see it all the time. This visual representation of your goals will keep your subconscious mind focused on your target.
#2 Create Meaningful Affirmations – A positive affirmation is three or four words that define your goal spoken in a sentence. Create a couple of one-liners that resonate with you and repeat them throughout the day when you’re driving or waiting for meetings. “I’m always in the right place, at the right time,” is an example of a positive affirmation that builds your self-awareness and confidence.
#3 Visualize Achieving Your Goal – Every morning, before you get out of bed, close your eyes and picture your goal coming true.
#4 Seed the Feeling of Achievement in Your Thoughts – While you’re visualizing your success, notice the feelings that wash over your body and mind. Focus on the emotion, and intensify it as you keep envisioning hitting your target.
#5 Stay Inspired – Watch YouTube videos and listen to podcasts hosted by people you admire as role models. Look for patterns in their behaviour and try to emulate it in thoughts and actions.
Wrapping Up – Stay Committed and Record Your Progress in a Journal
The golden rule of goal setting is – write it down. When you write down your dreams, the subconscious mind goes about making it happen for you. If you don’t write down your goal, then it isn’t a goal – it’s a dream.