With Halloween right around the corner, it will only be a second before we are all ringing in the New Year. It is amazing how much more quickly this happens each and every year. I may be mistaken, but I am pretty sure that I was just writing down my resolutions for 2012 about a week ago instead of a year ago.
I know it may be a little early to start thinking about this since there are always daily fires to put out, but have you started to think about changes you would like to make in 2013? A lot of people make their resolutions on December 31st. These are also the people who usually drop those resolutions about January 7th. Sometimes when you want to make changes, it helps to take some time and really think about it.
Every good business coach will tell you that no business will succeed without a clear business plan. It just won’t happen. And while we may like to believe that running a business is different from running a life, I have to say that there are more similarities than differences. And that is why taking time to write down changes you would like to make for yourself in 2013 can be a great first step in achieving those changes.
Do you feel like need to make some changes but are a little foggy on what those changes need to be? Here is an idea that can help bring things into focus.
Take some time and write down what your idea of a perfect year would like. How would you spend each month? What would you be doing for a living? Remember, this is what you see as a perfect year, so it doesn’t have to be what you are currently doing, or where you are currently living. Maybe you have always wanted to be an artist. What kind of art would you produce, and when would you do it? Maybe you have a vision of a simpler lifestyle, without as much “stuff” as you have now. How would that make you feel? What would you do with the extra time that would allow you? Would you exercise more? What kind of exercise would you do, and when would you do it. Maybe you would go back to school and study something to enhance your career or change directions completely.
Have some fun with this exercise and don’t rush through it. Actually, it is best to work on it over a few days. Get as specific as you can on the first draft, then let it go for a day or so. Come back to it and read it again, than make any additions or changes that come to mind. Most likely things will pop up that you didn’t even consider the first time through. If you do this a couple of times, your picture of what a perfect year in your life looks like will become pretty crystal clear.
Once you do that, you can compare your idea with current life, and see where there might be gaps between the two. You will have created a roadmap of changes that you would like to make in order to get to a more fulfilling lifestyle. This can become the basis for that dreaded New Year’s resolution list, but it will be one that is filled with changes you would really like to see happen, rather than just a recycled list of the same items every year.
If you really paint a vivid picture of how you would like to live, the next step is identifying the changes you need to make to get there. After that, you need an action plan of how to make those changes. That plan will be based on your resolutions, and will become your own personal business plan. Once you write this down, it becomes much easier to chart your progress and stay on track to create the live you really want to live.
So if you are serious about making positive change in 2013, take a little time and really think about what a perfect year would like for you. You may find that you are closer than you think. You might have some serious work to do to get there. In either case, painting a picture of that perfect year is a great start.
After all, it’s pretty hard to get to your destination if you don’t really know where you want to go.
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