December 31, 2015 in Goals - Being "Your" Best
This is the week I usually talk about making sure you have your goals written down and that you have created a plan for achieving them. I know I probably sound like a broken record at times, but this is how you get what you want and deserve out of life.
Most of you know how to set goals, and you definitely know that you should be setting them. I will talk more about that in the next post, but today I want to take that a step further and talk about creating your perfect year.
You have to plan for success. It’s not going to just show up at your door uninvited.
I was reminded this past week with great sadness that tomorrow is not promised to anyone when a close friend passed away. So if my question to you is, “what are you waiting for”? While you still have “tomorrows” on the horizon get off the preverbal fence and do something. Pick a direction; any direction and move forward.
Ask Yourself the Tough Questions
What do you really want out of life?
Write it down on a piece of paper. The paper won’t go up in flames if you put down things you think are unrealistic or out of your reach. Nothing is off limits here. This is the time to think big. I’m not sure who said, “Go big or go home” but I like that. If you could wave a magic wand, what would your life look like?
You need to do this for every area of your life. If your physical health has been neglected, decide to fix that problem this year. How can you expect to have the stamina to grow a profitable business and an exceptional life if you neglect your health?
What about friends and family? What good is success if you don’t have someone there to celebrate that success with you?
What do you need to leave behind?
What is one thing you need to just say goodbye to without regret?
Maybe it’s a person. There are times when a friendship or a relationship no longer serves us.
It could be something you did (and now regret), or maybe it’s something that happened to you. Here’s the thing; as long as you hang onto these things they are like anchors around your neck. They weigh you down, mess with your mood and they are the root of procrastination. It’s time to let go and move on. So today I want you to pick one thing to let go of once and for all. Don’t take it with you into 2016.
What Do You Need to Stop Doing?
This is a big thing for most people to admit. I know it is for me. Here’s a story I would like to pass on to you.
I talked to an investor recently that told me he had really come to hate what he was doing. The joy he used to feel for real estate has somehow slipped away over time. It not only took him a long time to acknowledge how he felt, but even longer to say it out loud. He was tired of beating the bushes for leads, worn out from direct mail and actually dreaded talking to sellers. This business which was successful by anyone’s standards was like a noose around his neck. Deciding to walk away was huge.
We talked about options where the business was concerned. In the end, all of the solutions required him being involved in the business in some way. What he really wanted was to relocate, spend time with his elderly parents and figure out what was “next” for him and that’s exactly what he decided to do.
Ultimately it’s up to us to create our own best life. It may not be easy, but it will definitely be worth it.
Creating Your Perfect Year
New Year’s Day is typically a day of reflection for me. I start working on my goals the last month of the year, but usually I don’t finalize them until them until after the 1st of the year.
The secret is to narrow down your list of big goals to no more than 3 or 4. There is a big difference between setting big goals and setting so many goals you are destined to fail right from the beginning.
So ask yourself this; are all of your 3 or 4 big goals in alignment with the perfect year and the lifestyle you are trying to create? If not, go back and make the necessary changes.
Your New Year’s Day Exercise-
Creating your perfect year can be a lot of fun.
If you have finished your 2016 goals, then good for you! If you’re still working on them don’t feel bad. It’s better to get them right. You want to get them done by the end of the 1st week in January.
The most important thing to think about is, “What exactly is the life I want to create in 2016”? Then get busy and put a plan together for achieving it.
I’ll be back next time with some tips to help you refine your goals for next year.
Happy New Year!
If you are not already subscribed to the “Inner Circle”, be sure to do that today so you don’t miss any of the business building tips I have coming your way. I want this year to be your best year ever! And if you enjoyed this article, please share it.