Many of you are probably familiar with the Myers Briggs assessment. I am an ENFJ, which means many things, but the most relevant for what we are doing here is that I am a very high "N" which means I am all about the big picture.
For another assessment, Strengths Finder, my top strengths are Strategic, Achiever, Maximizer, Futuristic, and Positivity. What this means is that not only do I like to understand the big picture, but I also need to make sure things are efficiently run and structured.
Why do I tell you all this? Well, it speaks to how I approach my yearly planning. It starts with making sure I am aware of the big picture, and then that I'm strategic as hell to make sure I have in mind the right milestones and deadlines to achieve my goals. This makes for a pretty badass yearly planning system.
Some core components of the planning system include:
1. Yearly Themes
Not surprisingly, my planning system begins with the big picture. As you think of this upcoming year, I want you to think of one or two words that will encompass what your year will be about in 2019. Yes,I'm asking you to focus.
For years, I have been implementing the concept of yearly themes. In 2018 my two words/themes have been: Vitality and Adventure.
I chose vitality because I knew that to run my businesses, to show up to my team, to be present for my loved ones, and to enjoy my life, I needed to have energy no matter what was happening around me. I needed to approach my energy and vitality with the level of strategicness that I would approach any corporate goals within my team. I'm proud to report back that I have never felt, not looked, as good in my life. This has meant I lost over 20 lbs, I think I've gotten sick maybe only once this year? maybe?, and I have been able to show up to my life with vigor, energy, presence, and focus. Sounds pretty good right?
So, what focus, what theme, that you focus on for an entire year, could change outcomes for you and radically improve the quality of your professional and personal life? Got your themes in mind? Share them in our Peak Performance Group on Facebook!
2. Hone in on 4 top yearly goals
You're going to see a theme here, focus. Most of my clients are blown away by what happens in their life when I ask them to focus and hone in on the things that most matter and will lead to the most meaningful outcomes and results in their careers and personal lives. One of my favorite mentors says "complexity is the enemy of execution," and I couldn't agree more. This also applies to yearly planning.
Small side note - you will note that I said focus on the things that most matterand will lead to the life and professional outcomes they envision for themselves. You've got to do the internal work. You can focus on the wrong things, so please know yourself and know what your desire life outcomes are before you expect any of this stuff to work and lead you to make the changes you'd like to see in your life.
Okay, back to yearly planning. Rather than have 100 yearly goals, been there done that, you need to focus! You are going to choose four main yearly goals that are HARD. These goals should push you to become the next version of you. They should require you to learn new skills, to stretch way, way, way, beyond the comfort zone. You should feel like an upgraded version of yourself at the end of the year.
So, tell me, what will your four be?
3. Plan throughout the year in 2-month sprints
Alright all, I can talk for hours and also write for hours...so I'm really trying to keep this short! For this section I will focus on a few pieces of the planning system. You are going to throughout the year plan in 2-month sprints, where you keep yourself accountable by weekly, and daily accountability.
You need to have accountability! Why do so many yearly goals and new year resolutions go unfinished? No systems! No structures to support you.
So, hack yourself. Think of all the things that are likely to trip you up and anticipate them. Or, join my mastermind and have a team supporting you and holding you accountable to your goals on a daily and weekly and bi-monthly basis, or hire me as your badass coach! But be warned, I can be a hardass when times call for it and will expect you to rise to your full potential.
So there you have it! Some best practices from the field of Peak Performance and Leadership! I will catch you next week!
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