How to make 2017 the best year of your life!

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As you know, I am big into lists and planning and I’ve already shared my goals for 2017 – simple and realistic, you can read them here.

Today I wanted to go a step forward and show you the ten questions that I use to guide my thought process. These questions look back over the past year and then look ahead at the coming year and I really believe that sitting down and going through these methodically can help you set goals and focus yourself on what you want to achieve, whether this be something professionally or in your personal life.

I recommend writing these out – you could do a mind map or, if you are a BuJo fan even answer these in your bullet journal so you can look back and remind yourself throughout the year what it is you have set your sights on.

1. What did I accomplish in 2016?

2. What were my biggest disappointments during 2016?

3. What did I learn?

4. How do I limit myself, and how can I stop doing this?

5. What are my personal values?

6. What roles do I play in life?

7. Which role is my major focus for the next year?

8. What are my goals for each role?

9. What are my top ten goals for the next year?

10. How can I make sure I achieve my top ten goals?

You can then use these responses and build your answers into a personal plan for 2016 – hopefully making it the best year of your life! Or at the very least, go some way to working towards this eventual goal!

The marketer in me wants to remind you to make these goals SMART. That is they should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely – your goals should motivate you and to be do this they really do need to be attainable. No point setting a goal to grow wings when that ain’t ever going to happen, but setting a goal to write 1,000 words per day? Totally doable if you set your mind to it.

Once you have set your goals – consider them carefully and then commit! Plan the steps that you need to take to achieve these goals and cross them off as you work through each individual one.

Express goals positively and always write them down – I once read that statistically you are far more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down and that sounds like a good enough reason to put pen to paper.

Good luck in all your endeavours for 2017 – if you do set goals, let me know what they are and if you have any more questions about how to reflect on 2016 or how to set goals for 2017, I’m always happy to talk. Just leave me a comment or drop me an email!

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Making 2015 a SHINING year

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I might be a little late to the party here (I generally always am) but recently when I put a shout-out on Twitter for advice on goal-setting and the like, the lovely Mrs TeePot introduced me to something wonderful.

She introduced me to Leonie Dawson and her gorgeous life workbooks.

Leonie Dawson describes herself as as a “soul-centered teacher, author, entrepreneur, artist, mama, wifey + mentor to the 50,000+ women in my tribe”. She’s as mad as a box of frogs but very inspirational and produces these stonking Life + Business workbooks, which when I saw online, I HAD to buy.

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The ideas behind the workbooks – Create Your Shining Year – is to turn all those usually fast-forgotten new year resolutions into actual dreams come true. Of course, Leonie can’t just wave a magic wand and make this happen, the hard work has to be your own but the workbooks help to formulate your thoughts, work out what your goals actually are and how you are going to achieve them.

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One of the things I really like is the “closing down” of 2014. Man. 2014 sucked big time and I am in real need of some closure, and of course in real need of some direction and goals which is why I turned to this book.

I can’t wait to start filling this in. I’ve had it for over a week now and haven’t started as I am waiting for peace and quiet when the husband and children go back to work and school next week. Then I shall make a big pot of tea, a packet of biscuits and start planning what will be my 2015 achievements. (Hopefully one of those will be losing the excess weight. The biscuits won’t help, but hey I’m still at the goal setting stage…)

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If you want to know more about the workbooks, you can watch her video on her YouTube channel. Like I say, she’s a little crazy unorthodox but it the most wonderful way.

Once I’ve worked out my goals, I’ll be sure to share them here!

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