Why would you choose to have an average year if you could have an amazing one? How your years turn out are the result of how well or how poorly you have planned them. You are responsible for your life. If you want to have an amazing year the easiest way to do so is to plan one.
Your Best Year Yet is a workshop consisting of 10 questions that will help you define crystal clear goals and come up with a plan of action to make this the best year you have ever had. It takes a few hours to complete and you will want to think deeply about your answers. So get comfy, grab a pen and paper (if you’re old-school) and get answering these questions.
- What did I accomplish?
Write down anything that you consider a win, no matter how big or small. This could be something as simple as learning how to tie your shoes in a new kind of knot. It doesn’t matter. If it felt like a win to you in any way, shape or form then write it down!
- What were my biggest disappointments?
Write down anything you tried and failed at, anything you didn’t do but wanted to and anything you did that let yourself down. Perhaps it was trusting someone you shouldn’t have, perhaps it was not achieving the grades you wanted through a lack of effort. The key here is to be honest with yourself and take 100% responsibility for the circumstances you have created in your life. Being honest with yourself is where growth happens.
- What did I learn?
Write down any life lessons you learned. What epiphanies did you have? What realisations did you come to? Reflect on what your successes and failures over the last 12 months and dig deep. What are the lessons?
- How do I limit myself, and how can I stop?
Write down ways in which your thinking limits you and stops you from achieving your goals. Look for patterns in your thinking that start with “I can’t”, “I don’t understand” or “If only”. These are the stories you tell yourself to justify your lack of progress in a certain area. Find these stories and admit to them. Own them. This is the first step in starting to free yourself from them. Next write down what you can do to tell yourself new stories that will empower you to make progress instead of holding you back.
- What are my personal values?
Write down the things that you feel are the most important to how you conduct your life, business and relationships. These are the things that guide you in every decision you make. They are who you tell yourself you are, what you live your life by and how you want the world to see you.
- What roles do I play in my life?
Everyone plays several different roles in life. Father, brother, husband, employee, coach, friend, team mate, student etc. Write down all of the roles you play in your life. To make it simpler you can consolidate certain roles where possible. E.g. Brother, Uncle, Son -> Family Member. Write a decent amount of roles but don’t go overboard. Keep the list sensible.
- What role is my major focus for the next 12 months?
Focus on the one thing that will you bring you closest to your most important goal. Throughout the next 12 months which role do you want to put most of your energy into? Which will have the biggest impact on your life?
- What are my goals for each role?
Write down all the goals you can think of for each role you play in your life. Write as many or as few goals as you would like for each role. Get them all down. Reflect on your answers to previous questions while you write them. Think about where you have been and where you are going and what you need to do to get there.
Well defined goals have the following structure:
- Measurable results
- A plan of action
- A time frame
Without these 3 things you don’t have a goal. You have a dream, and dreams don’t happen. So make sure you follow this structure and define your goals well. Below is an example to help guide you.
Bad = I would like to see my brother more often.
How does one define ‘more often’? How can you possibly know if you have succeeded at this goal or not? This is a bad example because it does not have a reliable way to measure the results nor does it include a time frame.
Good = I want to see my brother for lunch once a week at our favourite café.
Written this way it is very easy to measure whether or not you accomplished the goal and thus monitor your progress and make adjustments as necessary. It also includes a weekly time frame to help spur you to action on a regular basis and provides a basic plan of action to see eat at a particular place. This is a far more achievable goal than ‘seeing him more often’.
- What are my top ten goals for this year?
Out of all the goals you wrote down pick out your top 10 most important goals and write them down. They don’t have to be in any particular order. You can pick as many or as few as you like from whichever roles you want. Which 10 would be amazing to accomplish? Limiting the number of goals you go after helps you to focus your energy in order to help you actually accomplish the goals you have set.
- How can I make sure I achieve my top 10 goals?
Write down a plan of action to ensure you follow through with completing your goals. This is the most important question. You want to design a system or routine that will keep you focused on your goals and accountable for making progress and tracking results. A system of weekly review and planning works incredibly well. Each Sunday write down what action you are going to take over the coming week to make progress on each one of your goals and evaluate whether or not you accomplished the tasks you set for yourself during last week’s review and planning session.
Do this workshop and follow through with implementing your plan of action to achieve your top 10 goals and I guarantee your next 12 months won’t be like your last 12 months. You will have a brand new 12 months. You will have Your Best Year Yet!