Planning 2015 Step 1: Get Clear About Your Values And Priorities


apple-tree-in-big-appleIf 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!


  • Susan Cooper

    Reply Reply December 2, 2014

    Hi Eveliina – This one sentence really stood out for me in your post, “What are you happy about and not so happy about and what can you do about it?” It really all boils down to that doesn’t it…What are we not so happy about and how are we going to fix it? Because until we put together a plan to change whatever it is we do not like about our lives, we’ll stay stuck in it just bumping along like that forever.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply December 3, 2014


      I believe the biggest challenge is lacking patience, because sometimes it takes time to fix it.

      Or that we try to fix everything at once.

      That’s why it’s crucial to locate the causes and start fixing those rather than just patching up the symptoms.

  • Wow! Motivating with a little bit of uncomfortable as one looks in the mirror…if you get my meaning:) I think the thing I always try to keep in mind is understanding not WHAT I want to do, as to WHY I want to do it! And like Susan, I was struck by really filtering out ehat makes one unhappy and then what do about it! Very thought provoking!

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply December 3, 2014

      Uncomfortable is my middle name…

      But yeah, we all know people who want to lose 10 or more lb every January (and September). They write it down on a piece of paper and place it on the refridgerator door “Lose 10 lb by March 15th”

      What’s missing is “so that you can…” and therefore they’re stuck on writing a new note every 6 months.

      Here’s what I’ve learned over the years: I can’t make other people happy, just myself.

      By being genuinely happy for other people for their success, they may return the favor one day. But whether they do or don’t, it’s not what defines my success – I do.

      Their gain isn’t my loss – unless they ripped me off to achieve it – but it can be my motivator.

      And helping them to succeed is my success, too.

  • ikechi

    Reply Reply December 3, 2014

    Hi Eve

    A very interesting topic but I think it is very important since we are coming to the end of the year. The question you raised about what makes one happy or unhappy is a very interesting question. It is something I haven’t clearly thought about and will definitely do this week. Thanks for sharing.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply December 3, 2014

      Thank you Ikechi!

      What I’ve noticed is that “happiness” doesn’t arise from being, but from doing – there’s a reason we say “making someone happy”.

  • Lenie

    Reply Reply December 6, 2014

    Eve, I love your comment that happiness doesn’t arise from being but doing. I think that is so important, especially when you keep your life filled with doing things you love.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply December 8, 2014

      And I love when you say that, knowing the amount of wisdom you possess Lenie!

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