When you take time to name your dreams and set realistic goals, you begin the process of manifesting those dreams. It begins with three simple, small steps:
- Review the past year.
- Dream about the coming year.
- Set realistic intentions and goals for accountability.
Do you take time for a year end review? It’s helpful to look at where we’ve been, what we accomplished and where we want to go in the future. I plan to do a mini-retreat to review my personal and business accomplishments and set some new goals for the coming year.
This year, I will use Susannah Conway’s Unraveling the Year Ahead 2016 free workbook. I will intentionally choose a word for 2016 as a focal point, just like I have for the past several years. It helps to have a theme or intention to help us focus before we start to set goals. Choosing a word for the year helps me decide when to say “yes” and “no” to the many opportunities that compete for my time and attention. I appreciate having my guiding word as a vision for the year.
Susannah’s workbook is comprehensive and helps you review this current year and plan ahead for the coming year. It can be used over a period of time as you allow your word to find you, instead of choosing the first word that comes to mind. There are many other year end reviews online that you can find, but this is one of my favorites. (I’m not an affiliate and am not paid to say this; I’m just an enthusiastic supporter of Susannah’s work.)
Another way I plan to review my year and set goals is to take the Right Brain Business Plan eCourse that starts on January 18 with Jennifer Lee.
I’ve been involved with Jennifer Lee’s Right Brain Product Development Playground and her Right Brain Cohort Mentorship Circle since September 2015. It has been a supportive and creative group of entrepreneurs. I’ve been learning so much not only about my business, but also personally. I am very excited about all the resources and coaching that happens in her private Facebook Group. Look out 2016, this is going to be a great year!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Jennifer Lee, so I get a small percentage when you purchase the class through the links above. I became an affiliate because I can’t stop talking about how wonderful this class has been! It has been the best investment I made in 2015. I hope you will consider joining me for the Right Brain Business Plan class in early 2016!
Even if you decide not to use any of the resources above, I hope you will take at least a few minutes and review your year.
- What have you accomplished in 2015? What are the highlights?
- What have been the challenges? What are the disappointments?
- What would you like to accomplish next year, both personally and professionally?
- Do you have a theme word that will help bring focus to 2016?
- What is something that you are longing to do? Is this the year to start it? What do you need to do to make that longing become a reality?
Finally, when you review your year, choose your theme word and set new goals, it’s important to have some sort of accountability. Some people write down their goals or create a vision board, so that they see the goals on a daily basis. Other people tell a close friend and ask them to check up on them occasionally throughout the year. Perhaps you will post it on social media or leave a comment below with your plan for 2016.
Blessings on the year ahead. May all your dreams come true!
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