As we near the completion of 2016, it is time to start planning for 2017. Oftentimes we hear the overused phrase, “New Year’s Resolutions”. Many people like to set New Year’s Resolutions because the New Year is a great time to start over; however many of these resolutions don’t get accomplished and the New Year looks like previous years. The only way to break this cycle is to get intentional about your vision and plan for the New Year. Think of this as setting your annual plan. Just like you get an annual physical to ensure you’re healthy, I want you to create an annual plan so you are able to focus on healthy, purposeful, and intentional living. This will help you to be positioned to accomplish your goals and make the impact that you desire.
Here are 3 steps to help you to create your 2017 plan:
Conduct a Self-Evaluation
Think of this as a 360 review that you may do at your job. The purpose of this is to look at your life holistically. Evaluate the following:
- What went well in 2016?
- What didn’t go well?
- What would I have liked to see that I didn’t?
These 3 questions are critical because it allows you to evaluate the driving forces and themes over the last year. Once you understand those things, then you can create a plan based in reality that allows you to do more of what went well, do less of what didn’t, and understand missed opportunities. Once you understand these things, you can create a plan of the key activities you need to do in 2017 that will allow you to make progress on your goals.
Set Your Vision
Everything starts with vision. In Proverbs 29:18, the Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Position yourself for success by taking the time to determine what vision you have for your life and what that will look like. Here are some questions to help you in this process:
- What would I do if I couldn’t fail?
- What impact do I want to make?
- What memories do I want to create?
Once you understand that, you can decide how much time you want to spend with family and loved ones versus work. One of my mentors told me that there is no such thing as the perfect balance. The only thing that you can do is to evaluate your priorities at this time in your life and allocate your time accordingly. The key thing is to set that vision, allocate your priorities accordingly, and then come up with a plan to achieve those goals.
Create SMART Goals
People who actually set goals are 10 times more likely than those that don’t to achieve their goals. The key is setting goals you can actually follow. This is done by creating SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) goals. Combine your vision with the lessons you learned in your self-evaluation and use that revelation to create your goals. Once you have those goals, write them down, put them in a place where you can see them, and start believing that it is already done.
I hope that these tips will help you to position yourself to win big in 2017 and beyond. Please leave a comment to let me know how these tips will help you.