This is not another goal setting post. In fact it’s kinda the opposite.
As it’s almost time to pop the corks, wave the sparklers and kiss random people, I thought I’d nudge you for a moment.
As the year comes to a close and we herald in a new one, it’s exciting to pack up the old memories, the highs and lows, the lessons the achievements, and look forward to the shiny possibilities of a brand new chapter in our lives.
Some people I know spend big chunks of time in solitude jotting down all the moments, learning from the stuff-ups, from each hard conversation, each A-ha moment, and patting themselves on the back for the glorious times. They then plug these learnings into their elaborate goal setting process, their personal and professional development plans, and they continue to mull over them to ensure they don’t repeat the crap.
I’m not one those people.
Never have been.
And have finally stopped beating myself up about not being one of those people!
Now, I’m not knocking the process by any means. It has merit, for sure. But it just doesn’t work for me. I’m kinda busy just unwinding, keeping kids amused, and saying “just one more day, then I’ll go back to the gym…!” as I sneak another mince pie. I’m not keen on dwelling too much on what has been. Rather, I tend to deal with the lesson at the time of infraction and then move on. I just don’t have the head space or desire to do it in one big chunk at the end of the year when the sun is shining. Same goes for my goal setting. It’s an iterative process rather than a ‘sit down for a day and do it’ kinda process.
So, horses for courses, right?
Whatever works for you when it comes to this stuff. I’m not going to offer liberal platitudes about ‘best practice’ reflection and goal setting processes, with MUST DO commands and templates and structures – your inbox will be filled to the brim with those from well-meaning coaches and consultants who want you to do it their way. Instead I’m giving you carte blanche to do whatever the heck works for you.
The only suggestion I have is to DO SOMETHING that helps you visualise where you want to go over the course of the new year. And by that I mean, have a visual representation somewhere in constant sight of the big moments coming up in 2019 – it will help you navigate the rise and fall of the year and let you know instinctively when you need to gear up. An example might be a big family holiday in April, launching your book in August, and a new website build in October. Big key moments that are going to positively affect your business and life.
Another example might be a transformational retreat in June to catapult your business to another stratosphere.
Funnily enough, I happen to know of one such retreat being held in Bali from 24th to 29th June….
What a huge cool thing to stick on your planner and look forward to, right in the middle of 2019.