Starting a new year is always a big event for me as my wife can attest. I like to plan, document, dream, digest and discuss with my wife my thoughts for the new year. This process helps me make sure my goals make sense, my blind spots are covered and my wife and I are aligned. I feel alignment of priorities as well as working on the important goals is probably the best gift you can give yourself at the beginning of the year.
I tried a newer tool this year that I have used in business for many years. It is called the One Page Strategy Plan which was created by the Gazelles company. I am still using my other tools to process, digest and firm up my goals for the year as well as assess how in balance I am across my life domains. I usually start this process in December and work like crazy to have it done by January 1st.
If you haven’t created your goals, or a life plan for the year. Here are some questions you might consider to get your brain in gear.
- How balanced am I across my life domains?
- What is your biggest time waster and what are you going to do about it this year?
- What are you doing this year that will matter in 10 years, in 50 years?
- What bad habit will you stop?
- What good habit are you going to begin – by when?
- In what life domain do you need to grow this year?
Those are some good and deep questions but you should challenge yourself. You don’t plan to fail, you fail to plan. Why would you do that? Owning your character, your future, and your legacy can only be owned by you. Are you going to take ownership or just be a passenger on a train to somewhere not on purpose?
I encourage you to live on purpose and below are a few tools that may help. Best of Luck in 2017 and be intentional about it this year.