Come New Year’s Day, my Instagram feed was littered with peoples’ intentions for the year and how they’re launching into achieving them, but for me, I want to truly connect with my goals in my own time.
Are you a resolution setter? I am definitely a planner and goal-setter but feel that we often rush into starting our intentions without giving ourselves the time to truly connect to them which often results in our motivation waning come 15th February and then we drift.
This is why I have not been first off the mark to start this year in terms with my list!
I wanted to give myself time to really think about the year ahead and go through a series of exercises to really get clear on what I want – and I’m going to share them with you below:
Getting Clear on What You Want for 2020
This first part is focused on reviewing and reflecting on last year. Please have a read of the below and write down your answers to each point.
List out your 5 proudest achievements for 2019
What are the 5 biggest challenges you overcame?
What did you learn about yourself? (Might include strengths, weaknesses, talents, positive or limiting beliefs, desires or hopes)
What new our existing relationships did you develop?
What did you create this year?
How specifically did you make a difference in the world?
Where did I have the most fun?
Scribble down your answers and when you are done go onto part 2 below.
Part 2: This next bit is often the bit that we skip over; take a moment to absorb your responses.
Celebrate the successes and be in the moment with the challenges. Really conjure up those feelings in yourself and anchor the experience. Note down what you are saying to yourself as you do this. Identify what do you want to hold onto as you move into this new year?
Part 3: So here’s the final set of questions to help you identify meaningful goals for this year and you will get more out of this if you have taken the time to fully answer parts 1 and 2.
Thinking about your thoughts that came up in the earlier exercise take a moment to scribble down:
What are the top 5 things you want to achieve this year?
What are the top 5 challenges you anticipate?
What do you need to learn in coming year?
What relationships would you like to grow and develop? Who will inspire, support and encourage you?
What would you like to create this year?
How will you make a difference?
Where will you enjoy yourself?
Having spent some time noting down your thoughts, ask yourself what do you notice about your answers? What excites you in the list? What bores you?
After doing these exercises, what you will see emerge is a theme for your year.
For me, last year was about trust in so many ways - trust in my abilities to successfully build a business/a brand, trust that we needed to move as a family, trust in friendships, trust/faith that things were going to work out for the best if I just let go and trust that I wasn't going to be old and decrepit when I turned 40!
2020 is going to be the year of purpose - I am purposefully moving into a phase of growing the business, developing more online courses, purposefully finding time to relax and recharge, working with purpose and clarity on who I am and what I'm about. Purposeful goals about public speaking and using my experiences of grief and vulnerability to work with different people.
I hope from the exercises above you are able to create a list of goals, objectives, ambitions which are meaningful to YOU. If you want further help in turning these goals into reality or some accountability as you move through this year, do get in touch. I’d love to chat and hear more!