We are a week into the New Year, so what are you looking forward to in 2018?
Controversially for a life coach, I don’t make New Year Resolutions. I tend to make my plans in September to coincide with the start of the new academic year as this ties in really well with the university lecturing that I am involved with.
However, I have spent this weekend with my husband planning our financial future and setting ourselves some big, ambitious yet frighteningly simple goals that we plan to smash this year.
Whether you make plans with someone or alone, taking time to really think about what you want and how best you can achieve it, will really be time well spent. Your goals should resonate and reflect with how you want your life to be. Ask yourself what will make you happy, less anxious, satisfied and provide you with a life you are proud to own and proud to create.
Goals don’t need to be complicated and I am a firm believer that they shouldn’t be. Simple goals are achievable because you have the advantage of clarity to start with. If your goal is clear and simple then the first crucial step of working towards it should be relatively straightforward. The de-cluttering session that I work through every time I set a goal, is also the starting point for everyone I work with. Think about what you need to clear in order to start reaching your goal.
For example, if you want to start working for yourself this year then think about what is actually standing in your way. Granted, it may not be as easy as simply giving up work one day and opening for business the next, but often we over think things we would like to do and then suddenly it all becomes unattainable because it is too hard or complicated and we simple don’t have the energy to wade through the process.
However, if we break down our big, ambitious and fantastic goals into simple, bit sized chunks we are able to make progress instantly.
Start with a list of what your working life is like now compared to how you would like it to be and then clear the clutter. Start to imagine how your working day COULD be and the type of things you would LIKE to do.
Just six months ago I made a plan to start this blog and complete my life coaching training as well as to do more university lecturing and to leave a job that I have had for almost ten years. I planned, I set goals and I visualised all of those changes and guess what…I have done it! This year I will working with ore clients, running more workshops, be writing more about coaching and working on my book and an online course to help anyone to navigate a way through their life and reach some great goals.
I kept it simple and made steady progress-de-cluttering as I went and checking in my with myself weekly to make sure I was on track. It wasn’t always easy and things did sometimes go wrong but because I chose to take a calm, simple and sometimes longer approach my journey was easy to manage and I could see and feel real change happening. I bookend the beginning and end of my day with a gratitude exercise and I know that this simple action pays huge dividends.
So, keep it simple this year. Set goals to do things you KNOW will make you happy and be grateful for all you have because we all have so MUCH that we often forget about.