PLAN to make 2016 your best year yet.
Every year the results of my planning improve.
You can get the same results!
Will and I now plan our year together, and for the first few weekends of 2016 we have been busy working on our plan. A solid, well-thought-out plan takes time. It’s a living map.
This year I noticed a lot of people on social media, saying things like, “Good riddance to 2015” or “I’m so glad last year is over.”
That is when the missing puzzle piece became glaringly obvious to me….
Something BIG was missing from my new year planning (and yours!).
Don’t you want to know what the secret is? Are you totally curious??
It’s so simple it made my head spin!
Here it is:
Appreciate last year’s successes.
Sooooo simple, right? Well, there are ways to make it even more powerful than it already is.
In many cases, last year was actually really great for a lot of the people that I know (even the ones who are grumbling). Of course not everything went well. Still, a lot of things did go very, very well.
Here’s what we did about it…
Will and I each wrote down everything great that happened last year – every little success. Some of it seemed mundane – like staying healthy. Some of the things we listed were extraordinary – like the things we checked off of our bucket list and advances we both made in our careers.
Then we took turns reading our successes out loud while we tapped. Let me tell you… it was awesome! It was exhilarating!
THEN we started to plan 2016. What a difference! By focusing on our successes from 2015, we were able begin setting goals for 2016 that were in line with success.
It put a new spin on things. All of our future goals are created in the spirit of what went well before – of success! It became a challenge to top 2015.
In fact, 2015 was WAY better than 2014 – which was even better than 2013.
Better. Every. Year.
Even if you have already started writing your New Year’s resolutions and making plans for 2016, stop.
Review 2015 and sift for the good things. Look for your successes – big and small.
When you do that, you appreciate what you did last year.
Validate what you did last year. Validate your successes. Validate your Triumphs.
You align with what went well. You guide your planning from a standpoint of confidence and can-do.
What went well for you last year? You might even feel like nothing went well… It could be that you do not feel like your life improved, but it certainly improved in some ways. A lot of things went right!
You are here!! You made it!
You experienced beauty and kindness
You got bargains
You received gifts
You had great conversations
You heard great music
You met opportunities with vigor
You overcame obstacles
You negotiated successfully