This past year might have been a year full of struggles. You may have faced overwhelming business challenges. You may have gone through a relationship breakup. Or you might have lost your home due to reasons beyond your control.
But maybe last year wasn’t so bad. Maybe it was one of your best years ever. You may have finally discovered what you were created to do. There may have been a fantastic job transition which changed your life. Or maybe you welcomed your first child into your family.
Whatever last year brought you, you still want more in this new year. Who doesn’t? We always want to make the future better for ourselves and for those around us.
Don’t be ashamed for wanting more or better. This desire is natural and okay. Your desire for better will drive you to do your best to achieve all that you desire.
What Does Your Best Year Ever Look Like?
Before you begin working on your best year ever, you have to envision what the new year will look like. You may begin to think about:
- An improved marriage relationship
- Increasing your income by 25%
- Creating a product that helps people feel alive
- Having your first child
- Giving yourself margin in your life
If you’re striving to bring more of these things into your life, I applaud you. You have a target to hit. A goal to reach. You know where you want to go.
Take the next few minutes to think about everything you want in the next year. What would it take to make this new year fantastic? Daydream. Write down your thoughts (but leave some space between goals). Filter out what is important and what is not important.
Now, you’ve got the vision for your best year yet.
Making This Your Best Year Ever
You now have a clear idea of what would make this your best year. You have a list of activities, desires, and outcomes you would like to see. Now, you have to make things happen.
How do you do that though? What can you do to change the way your future looks? A lot. And you know it.
With your list, go over it and think about how the outcome of those activities will make you feel. Write your emotional state at the completion of the goal next to your goal.
Now, begin to think of the steps you’ll need to take before accomplishing the goals you’ve set forth. List out of the 4-5 steps you will need to get started. Write the steps to begin or complete your goals underneath the goal.
Finally, put this list in a place you will see it regularly. Hang it next to your computer monitor. Maybe it needs to go on the wall in your office. Wherever your list needs to go, place it there.
Your physical list will be a visual reminder of what you need to to do get to your goals and make this year the best one yet.