2016 went by in the blink of an eye and it will just be a memory in our minds. If you think about it, life’s like that. Seems like a long journey but the bus of life is quite fast. Miss those precious moments and beautiful vistas outside of the windows, you’ll be sorry since those moments never come back. Given the fragility of life, it’s extremely important to sit down and design the journey. In this article, we’ll look at a process of designing the year ahead so the 12 fresh months in front of us to become all that we dream of.
1. Party on top of the bus
To kick start 2017 in high-gear, take some time to celebrate the wins, achievements, positive moments, memorable encounters, special people, and happy times of the last year. Start listing the moments of joy, both big and small, that brought sparkle in your eyes. Tune into those moments and feel the feelings of joy, peace and goodness. Amplify the emotional vibes that you felt during those moments. By doing this, you should be charged with positivity, confidence and optimism.
2. Learn from the ride
Contemplate on 2016 and note down all the lessons you can learn personally, professionally, socially, and spiritually. This is the step that most contributes to you as an individual since the lessons from the syllabus of school of life is unique to you. And each one has the potential to re-script every aspect of it should you choose to learn. Here is a place for you to record all the mistakes, false assumptions and less-than-excellent choices you’ve made in the last year along with the price you’ve had to pay for it. You need be doubly cautious and not repeat the same mistakes in the new year. Here you can also design some counter-habits, creative rituals and new initiatives so you can be sure of not repeating them or better prepared to make higher choices in similar circumstances.
A mistake is only a mistake if it’s done twice. Robin Sharma
3. Where do you want to go?
For this step, please take all the necessary time you want and don’t rush. Here you are fixing your destination. The targets you set here will drive the entire year toward. So be audacious, ambitious and a little crazy when you’re setting your Big 5 — the five big things you must achieve before the 31st December of 2017 for you feel that you’ve lived the best year of your life yet. Don’t sabotage yourself by setting ego goals in order to fit into the society or be liked by others. Be authentic and choose your destination that resonates with your truest self. In other words, choose to become an iconic poet instead of a fat banker.
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. Cheshire cat, Alice in Wonderland
4. Create the map
With your Big goals and destinations fixed in the key areas of your life, now take them down into street level micro-goals so you can execute them on a daily basis. Sometimes we don’t set giant goals because they look large to achieve. But if we split them down into tiny and achievable targets of action, they’ll transform to be within our reach. In this step, set the quarterly goal or monthly goals that will eventually take to your big goals or grand destination.
A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-Tzu
5. Set the GPS
Now you’ve recorded the celebrations and lessons you learnt from the last year, set the big and macro goals for the year, and graduated them into monthly micro-goals and plans of actions. You would surely feel very optimistic and energized by now. Chances are more that you can’t to wait to make this vision happen. Now use that energy to visualize in great detail and in vivid colors of your goals already reached and you becoming the person you dreamed of becoming. The key word is here is already, there should zero obstacle for you to visualize your success. If not, reassess your goals and motivations. Once you can visualize your success effortlessly, you’ve already traveled half-way toward your glorious destination. The rest of the journey is just auto-pilot!
Imagine with all your mind. Believe with all your heart. Achieve with all your might. Jill Conyers
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017. Nail it with the most exquisite of goals 🙂