It's a new year, and for many that means New Year's Resolutions. The problem with those is that without a plan, they aren't much more than a wish and hope list. I offer the following eight questions as the opener for a year that will make a difference in your life.
What emotional state would you like to achieve at the end of 2015? (how do you want to FEEL!?)
What helps you achieve this state? (money? clients? time with loved ones? volunteering?)
How would you like your life to look at the end of 2015?
I invite you here to be as specific as possible. The clearer you can see it, the more likely you'll produce it. For instance, you could say I want a decent job, or you could say I'd like to be making $50,000 a year helping people optimize their websites to build their customer lists and grow their businesses. You can see how the second already suggests the actions you'll need to take and the people you ought to contact to make it happen.
What do you really want in or during 2015?
How will you get this?
What obstacles have gotten in the way in the past, or will need to be hurdled in 2015?
What structure will you create so that you stay in action, on track, and winning throughout this year?
How will you know you’ve achieved your intentions?
Give yourself some time, maybe do this with a friend or spouse, and once you've done that, take one step today. Celebrate that. Then think about what your life will look like 365 steps from today, and start putting those in your calendar, even if it's only one day at a time.
And then consider if a coach might help you win the game you set out for yourself. As in sports, top performers know that they'll make the most headway with a coach to push them forward and keep them accountable. And if you think I might be that coach, I'd be tickled to go over your plan with you and set you up to win.
Some Thank Yous for the Year that Was
So I am ended 2014 on a high. I got clear on a lot of things, topmost being the value I provide to others, and while I am still working on marketing that well, I can't help but see opportunity almost everywhere I look.
For that I should be thanking people: Scott Dinsmore has been insisting that I am the average of the company I keep; so I've started keeping better company, much of it virtually. David Wood and his CoachMBA program have given me a huge boost in acknowledging the difference I make and making me a better coach. I've taken that out into the world and made people's lives better. I love doing that.
James Altucher constantly reminds me that one can reinvent and reimagine a life at any moment, and as long as one is willing, he will stay young. He agrees with Scott by the way. His last post, Who Is In Your Scene? makes the same point about the company you keep.
People like Ramit Sethi, Tim Ferris, and Jason Fladlien keep me present to the fact that everything in life can be “hacked,” and that a creative mind, one like mine, can provide amazing value.
And while I have been reinventing myself and learning to hack life, I attended Marisa Murgatroyd's Business Superhero Summit, and now I am helping people and companies optimize their websites to drive business in addition to coaching.
So I'll never code this site, but I'll soon find someone who can do it better, faster and more efficiently than I could hope to. And letting that go, and getting off dozens of lists, deleting thousands of e-mails and getting my inbox under control, has given me the space to finally play the bigger games I'd like to.