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Do you currently have a vision in mind for how your next year will be? Planning your year ahead can be daunting, but it helps to put into place the steps you need to accomplish what you want to do, be, or have. Think about what life would look like 12 months from now. If I could wave a magic wand, what would you have accomplished, feel like, or have that you do not have right now?
DREAM ABOUT YOUR YEAR
Set aside some time in your busy schedule to just dream. Dream BIG! Close your eyes and just imagine for a moment what you can do in a year. If nothing got in your way, where would you be? You might need to go somewhere away from the family or wait until everyone is in bed for some quiet spaces to let your mind wander. After a few minutes of dreaming, start putting it on paper. Start with a sentence like, one year from now…… Then make your list. Don’t worry if it seems silly. Just write.
Break it down more
After you have listed what things look like for you a year from now, start pondering what you would like to consistently do over the next 12 weeks. List out the steps you would need to plan in order to make that one year goal happen. Did you want to start eating more at home? How can you start to put that into place? Did you want to start a morning routine to cut the chaos? What needs to happen for that to occur? Put it on paper where you can see it. It doesn’t have to be in a specific order, it just needs to be on paper.
When you have your short term ideas in mind, then you can start to plan what you can do this week to take that first step towards your longer goal. What is one item you can work on this week that feels reasonable and you can accomplish it? Make it small. When you choose something a bit too big, you may not even attempt it. Your brain will feel like you are trying to sabotage it and not allow you to make it happen.
For example, if you want to eat at home more, you may decide that you need to have a menu and grocery list. Then you would need to get to the store as well as prepare the food. That is a lot to do all at once. What could you do to break that down into bite sized pieces that would work for you? What days would you do your planning, shopping, and prep? You may decide that you only want to tackle one meal of the day and add the other meals later. If you have a routine for some of your meals, don’t worry about those. Choose the one that you feel would be the easiest. Don’t feel like it has to be perfect right out of the gate. Decide how many days you will eat at home with home made meals. Three to five is a good start if you eat out most meals.
Choose only 1-2 goals per week to start with. You want to have some success before you add more. Put your goals on paper. As you finish them, check them off. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing that you hit your target.
I have created a worksheet that you can use to put these in place. See if it helps you start working on a great year ahead.
Let me know what you are planning for your best year ever.