If you haven’t done it already, it’s now time to plan next year. You know what they say:
Failing to plan means planning to fail.
I don’t know if I fully agree with that, I’d rather say that you’re simply planning to drift another year or so, which isn’t the same as failing. That’s what most people do: Drifting around wishing something would change in their lives, but not really doing anything about it. And when those changes occur, it’s usually for the worse and they don’t really like it. Because things do change, people change and circumstances change. That’s unavoidable.
The only question is whether you want to MAKE it happen or just WAIT for it to happen.
Basically it’s about shifting your perspective, however, the former actually requires some action as well.
Plans should always start by analyzing the present state
Mainly it’s a simple question:
What are you happy about and not so happy about and what can you do about it?
Last summer I joined the virtual class my awesome, smart and beautiful colleague Krista Martin (who then later was one of the BetterBizTomorrow Event speakers) gave, and I came up with this list of my personal Core Values and Beliefs. Surprisingly (NOT!), it hasn’t changed since… It looks like this:
- You can learn anything
- Life is here and now. Not when then.
- You already are perfectly happy. Now focus on making yourself somewhat satisfied, too.
- Yes, it may hurt like hell right now, but still it’s only temporary and doesn’t ruin the entirety
- No prejudice, please, you don’t know the whole story
- Be passionate about something, rather not just your work
- Look after yourself, so you can look after others
Krista teaches you how to make “One Page Strategic Plan“, if you want to join her class, too. The registration is open for a limited time and it’s free. I also took a look at the different areas of my life, that really matter to me: Health, relationships, environment, finances… And I figured out what it is that I need to prioritize and why and what I can actually do about it. (Remember “Those who know the why…“) You can figure out the how once you know the why and the what.
Once I have a list – a total braindump – I can start sorting it out for the overall plan by grouping and dividing and considering the causes and symptoms, what’s supporting what, what’s a waste of my limited resources – just as I do when I write physical training plans.
And that’s what I would recommend you to do as well, because you want your business (or career) to support your lifestyle, not the other way around, right?
So Step #1
Do the braindump, choose your priorities and then pick up a calendar, and write them down first: Events you absolutely want to attend, such as competitions, holidays, family dinners, concerts and so on.
I would also love it if you shared some of your thoughts on core values and beliefs in the comment box below!
In part 2 next week we’ll start filling the months, weeks and days between your priority events. In other words we discuss the business and the M.E.D. and ABC (or CBA), so stay tuned!