Time to Hit the Restart Button

A new season is a wonderful time to reboot and refocus. You get to hit a reset button and begin a new year. It is an ideal time to not only reflect on the previous year and make some resolutions for the coming year, but also transform resolution into action.

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” ~Japanese proverb

A Focused Inspired Plan for the Year

Let’s make sure you have both a glorious and engaging vision, and map out actual actions to take so you transform your ideas into realities.

A solid, practical and inspired plan answers three fundamental questions:

  • What I am doing in 2013?
  • How I am doing it?
  • And most importantly, Why I am doing it?

But here is a twist. Start with the Why, not the What.

What, Why? Where are the Goals?

The answer to “Why am I doing this?” should be a clear unwavering vision of what you crave most ardently and is deeply rooted in the real materials of your life- the people and things that matter to you most- as well as your work. It is the foundational pieces for planning. A strong foundation is essential to develop a plan that works. One that is a promise to live into over time and this promise becomes a reality when you skillfully use the gifts and strengths you already have in service of your why.

The how of what you do in 2013 are the non-negotiable projects to decide to focus on. These projects are the things that drop to the bottom of your to do list with the urgency of daily task management. Or because they feel scary or too large but that if you tackled would really propel you forward.  And yes, some people think of these things as goals. I simply find conceptualizing these as projects leads to greater progress and less stress over the year. (More on that in a future post).

The what you do in 2013 are the regular actions you take to move forward on your projects. It is amazing what you can do in as little as 15 minutes if you devote 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 4 weeks.  You spend 5 hours concentrating your efforts on one thing. Imagine what you can make happen with that time.

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So What DO You Want in 2013?

Wow 2012 drawing to a close, the New Year is just around the bend and I’ve been asking myself… What do I really want in 2013?  I ask myself this every year. The answers that bubble-up from way deep down- the ones that whisper as they rise up past my initial, on the surface responses, these answers have always served me well.

For most professionals it is easy to see the surface of what you want. Maybe a stable job, a raise, more clients, a promotion, your long-term project to wrap up . . .

Come January 1, Ta-Da! all those wants become goals you chase and chase, and chase. But to what end?

Maybe you start gung-ho ready to jump into your resolutions and really MAKE THIS THE YEAR when you meet ALL of your goals. Poof it is late February and you are not making the progress you hoped for.June rolls around and you might say “Goals, what goals? I think I had some. “Or you might feel bad about not getting them done.

So what DO you want in 2013?

Stop and ask yourself, really, what do I want?  Wait for the answers beyond the your first response. What bubbles up from deep within you?

If you had more money, a new job, more clients, or whatever it is you’re chasing… what would that give you?

And how about some goals that support you making a life while you make a living? You know those things that align with the real materials of your life, the people, experiences and things that matter most to you and you know drop below the very bottom of your to-do list. Where will they figure into your plan for 2013?

A Gift for You

I want to help you make a plan for your 2013 to be your most inspired, focused, productive and fun year yet.That starts with creating a plan that is firmly rooted in the reason behind why you do what you do and why your resolutions matter.

Follow this link to download a no-cost book excerpt, Getting More of the Right Things Done. The process I describe within will help you dig deep into what you REALLY want in 2013 and how to map out inspired focused goals to help you get those things.