It's that exciting time of year where we're on the cusp of a New Year about to begin. We have a fresh slate before us and a whole year ahead to create. I just want to roll around in it all. I love it.
In my time working for lululemon (and also in my spare time reading loads of books/listening to podcasts/going to lectures) I've created a way to set goals that is not only really practical, but also achievable.
Here's my method in 7 steps. Put on your favourite pants (or no pants, your choice) and let's do this.
1. Get in the zone
Put on your favourite tune, have a kitchen boogie or meditate.
Do what you need to do to feel alive and inspired.
2. Grab a pen, a notebook and get complete on 2016
Why? Because it's harder to create when there's stuff there, hanging around. So let's clean that shizzle up.
- What did you do that you're proud of? What were your achievements? *high five
- What do you want to let go of - and what actions do you need to do to do that? (is there a conversation to be had?)
- What didn't work?
- What do you want to stop doing? (what are you sick of doing? Let's create some space)
3. How do you want to feel?
The best way to discover this is to read Danielle La Porte's The Desire Map. Her theory is that we create goals to feel a certain way and what in fact is more powerful is to determine how you want to feel first, and then create your goals from there.
Before you get your hands on a copy, write down a list of feelings you wanna feel. Circle your favourite ones, that ones that make you feel mmmmm YES
Mine are exotic, effortless, gypsy and glowing.
4. Let it flow, let it flow!
Do a stream of consciousness. That is, describe what your ideal life in 2017 looks like - without editing. Write in a way that moves and inspires you. Keep writing until you have nothing left to write.
Some ideas to get you thinking:
- What do you do when you get out of bed?
- Who are you surrounded by?
- What does your life sound like, feel like?
- What are your hobbies?
- What do you do to feel the way you want to feel?
5. Pull out goals from your vision
Have a read through what you wrote. What can you pull out that can be turned into goals? Circle them.
A clue - can it be made measurable and specific?
6. Create yo goals
Write them in present tense and set a date of when you'll do it by. Without a date, you're not held to account. So date your goals!
Example: in my vision I created that I eat fresh homemade sourdough for breakfast.
Goal: I do a sourdough making course at Red Beard Bakery - April 23rd 2017
Whether that's booking a course or putting dates in your diary. Do it now, do it now! Action breeds more action.
How did you go? What are you creating for 2017?
Leave a comment below and let me know, pretty!
PS. The next 2 weeks I'll be having a holiday break to refresh and get clear on what I want to create for 2017. See you back January 18th!