Got Goals? Do This First.
What do you need in place to create an environment that supports your goals, dreams, and evolution? As we enter a new year it's an excellent time to evaluate what wasn't working the year prior and start fresh. Yes, the new year is a great time for this, but truth be told, any time is a great time for us to move inward, to get clear on what’s true for us now and how we want to show up in the world. At any moment we can make the choice to release limiting and destructive patterns, habits, and beliefs. It may not be easy, but it is a choice and people do it all the time. On any given day you can decide to activate action by creating a solid plan that is supported by the head (strategy that works), yet originates from the heart (your truth, your soul, your desires) and inspires you and the world you live in.
TIP: As you flow through your month schedule in empty space in your calendar to be still, clear clutter, and honor the process.
Below I have outlined 3 things you can do to make your goals happen this year.
1. Move it out: energy gets locked in the body (think emotional, physical, mental stress not released in a healthy way) and causes us to operate from a ‘muddied’ perspective. Start or end your day powerfully by clearing the clutter in your tissues (issues in our tissues). Join a fitness class and/or a yoga class that inspires you. Also, cold plunges in nature or the shower are exceptional for re-setting the nervous system to a place of calm, powerful presence. Side note on cold plunges: you must deepen your breath and enter and exit the water calmly. Stay for 1-2 minutes. Your heart rate will quicken - your job is to focus on deep, slow breathing and being calm.
2. Map it out: I love mind mapping. It’s a process where you get clear on your goals and then break them down into practical, doable steps. So an example would be this > Goal: Step up my leadership skills and presence. Map: 1. read a leadership book > how to win friends & influence people (the only book you need to lead you to success) by Dale Carnegie (book has 248 pages, read 9 pages a day to finish in 28 days, start today) 2. Sign up for the public speaking class at my local community center 3. Speak up and share my thoughts at the next team meeting (and then outline what you will be presenting).
3. Make it ‘real’: now here is the game changer… you gotta and by ‘gotta’ I mean absolutely must – SCHEDULE IT IN. Plans are great…but they need a container. When creating new rhythms, successful people know the power of scheduling it in. Why? 1. to make sure we remember and 2. we create space for it in our life. New things are not natural at first so they need a place to live to become REAL. There are so many great planners out there. I love the passion planner and if you prefer virtual, then google calendars is wonderful (I used both and now I am just a google calendar gal and I also have a large 16x23 monthly calendar I use for doing my initial planning and organizing for the year).
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