It’s the end of the year. It’s easy to feel a bit deflated, a bit depressed, because as humans we tend to focus on the negatives such as, ‘why didn’t anyone respond to my special offer, why did only so many people attend my workshop, why haven’t I made $1 million yet’… you know what I’m talking about.
So to avoid feeling like that you need to take some action to ensure that you not only remember how far you’ve come in 2016 but also how you can make 2017 the best one yet.
Here’s the process Miranda and I work through each year.
Work out where you are
At the end of each year, Miranda and I sit down and work through a list of what worked and what didn’t work based on this outline by Fizzle.co > https://fizzle.co/sparkline/end-year-review-planning-process-every-small-business-online-entrepreneur-follow
This list from Fizzle makes you look at everything with a fine tooth comb, from how many email subscribers you’ve grown by, your most read blog posts, what you enjoyed the most, and of course, revenue. If you’ve never done an annual review, or maybe not such a comprehensive one, then this is a great place to start.
Work out where you want to be
Now here’s the fun stuff; visualising what you want your business and your life to look like one year from now.
Go on, spend a few moments doing this.
- What kind of work do you want to be doing?
- Who do you want to be working with?
- Will you be working with a team or on your own?
- If you don’t want to be so busy and overwhelmed, what steps have you taken to get there?
- At the end of 2017 what do you want to have changed for yourself financially, spiritually, emotionally, health wise?
- How important is it to you that things do change?
Write your down your answers.
Work out how you’re going to get there
It’s all well and good to put together a wish list of what you want your life and business to look like at the end of 2017. But without a plan it will just be a ‘wish’ list.
Back in 2013, I joined Michael Hyatt’s program ‘5 Days to Your Best Year Ever’. I had some lofty goals of where I wanted Dotti to be, but I just didn’t know how I was going to get there. In his program, Michael talks about having a PUSH goal. This is the goal that, once you achieve this, everything else will fall into place and it’ll be much easier to achieve all your other goals.
When he was relaunching the programme again in 2014 he ran a competition to offer up 3 free spaces to any alumni that had achieved success from implementing the goal-setting structure in the programme. So I made a video about how I identified my PUSH goal, and my best piece of advice when setting goals. And I ended up winning a free spot in the revamped course!
You’re going to have to watch the video to find out what my (rather embarrassing) PUSH goal was… 😯
As I said in the video, to really get where you want to be, you need to focus on the outcomes. Instead of thinking about what is holding you back and why you can’t achieve your goals, think about how the goal will feel when you’re there. What outcomes will it have for you, your business and your family.
UPDATE: Take Control of your 2018
Michael is relaunching a revamped version of ‘Best Year Ever’ for 2018, and he’s hosting some free webinars over the next week. The topic of the webinar is ‘Navigate your way to success in 2018’, and he’ll be talking about how you can leverage your goal setting to design the life you want.
You can register for one of the webinar slots HERE.
(All the times are in US Central Standard Time so the 4pm & 8pm timeslots are good for Aussies at 9am & 1pm Sydney time)
I’ve been a fan of Michael Hyatt’s for many years now, and I know he always gives away an incredible amount of knowledge for free. I guarantee that if you join this webinar you will walk away with the inspiration to make 2018 your best year ever.
Do you do something different to reflect on the year? I’d love to hear your process below!
Full Disclosure: I’m a proud affiliate of ‘5 Days to Your Best Year Ever’, so the links above are affiliate links. Which means, if you use those links to click-through and decide to enroll in the course, I’ll receive a commission.
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