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.