WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO ACHIEVE BY THE END
OF THE YEAR?
By: Wendy Hearn
Fast forward yourself to the end of December and as the year
closes, how are you feeling about your achievements during this past year?
Really get in touch with your feelings, live them, breathe them and don't
let them pass by. Are you feeling any disappointment, regret or frustration
for the things you haven't done or achieved? Do you find yourself thinking,
"This past year has flown by and what have I done", "There is so much more
that I wanted to do" or "Why haven't I done the things that I'd
said I'd do".
Now bring yourself back to today. You still have time before the end of the
year to get on a track to achieving what you want. Imagine starting the New
Year knowing that you've been consistently moving in the right direction and
will continue to take the necessary actions.
Lack of planning is one of the reasons why many people get to the end of the
year and feel they haven't achieved what they want. Planning often isn't
seen as a priority or much fun. Hold on! If it's not fun, that's the way
you've chosen it to be. Instead you can choose to have fun with your
planning and perhaps even make it into a game. If planning isn't a priority
for you, then have you considered the messages that you're giving to
yourself. Messages such as, "I'm not that important in my life", "I don't
deserve these things" or "I'm not likely to do what I say I will".
However, the people who do have plans often make them too rigid. Their plan
is stuck to word for word, without any room for flexibility. A plan that you
set today needs to be open to regular reviewing and changing. A clue that
your plan needs changing is when you find it difficult to follow through
with the actions and don't feel inspired.
You've now got an opportunity to end this year with a feeling of
achievement. Seize the opportunity and make the most of it.
Start by defining for yourself your vision, dreams and desires. Make this
specific and exciting so that you feel inspired to follow through with
action. You may need to break this down into smaller pieces. For instance,
if you want to grow your business, there may be a number of different
opportunities that you choose to explore. Now define the strategies that
you'll use, how you're going to do it. In the example of growing your
business, your strategies may include research, sales and marketing,
increasing employee numbers or finance. Now go through each strategy and
brainstorm possible action steps. Go for as many as you can, being open to
different and creative action steps, rather than sticking with what you
would normally do. Sometimes the most outrageous actions steps turn out to
be the best and most productive.
Then at least once a day visualize your dream; the achievement that you want
to make and see what you feel is the next thing to do. Visualizing keeps
your plan alive and you inspired, and allows you to see the right actions to
take. Taking committed action every day moves you towards your desires. At
the same time give yourself the opportunity to step back and review what you
want and what it will take to get it. Time spent regularly stepping back and
re-evaluating your plans can save you a lot of time as you see what no
longer needs doing, doesn't serve you or needs to be done differently.
What I want for you is to be achieving and on the right track to your dreams
by the end of the year.
Personal and Professional Coach
She works with business owners, professionals and executives to
discover and unlock their own inspiration, to effortlessly take
the actions required to have the success they desire.
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