2017 is here! HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s day six of the annual New Year for a New You 7-day series with me, Lisa Jacobs! Welcome back for your next dose of review and reflection. If you’re just joining me, here’s how it works: I’ll offer you a new list of prompts and review questions every day through Monday, January 2.
Each day, I answer the same questions and post them as examples. You’ll find my thoughts from the previous day before the next set of prompts are issued. If you want to blog your answers as well, I’d love to read them. Please link up in the comments below or use #yby2017 on social.
At whatever place you start or pace you take, I’m honored you’re here.
Here are my answers to yesterday’s prompts …
Choose a Direction 2017
:: What are your main priorities in life (i.e., family, profession, marriage, personal wellbeing, etc.)? List them in order of importance.
- Personal wellbeing
:: Use the graph to chart how you invest your time during a typical 24-hour period.
:: Does your time chart (where you’re spending your hours) reflect the priorities you listed in question 1, and in the correct order?
Going forward, I’d like to take better care of my own needs on a daily basis, but that’s not to say I need more time for it. I just need to make better use of downtime, and find a routine I can follow.
:: How might you rearrange your schedule for better results?
I haven’t set up a real schedule at my new house (after the move a few months ago). My children go to school at different times than we were used to, and I’ve yet to carve out a clear-cut routine.
I don’t need to rearrange my schedule, I need to create one! I’ll start by naming a specific time to start and finish work each day (8:15 – 2:30). And having stated that, I truly feel better already!
New Year 2017
It’s time to train. I’m obsessed with boxing movies: Rocky, Southpaw, Creed, etc. I’ve been watching them all week! I take so many life and business lessons away from a good fight flick. If you’re ready to conquer this year, I highly recommend watching them too.
What I notice is that every strong fighter always has a culmination of four things: (1.) Determination, (2.) Discipline, (3.) a Timeline, and (4.) a Trainer.
It’s the winning formula. The boxer always comes in determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their goal. He exhibits extreme self-discipline, focusing his efforts solely and specifically on the goal he’s trying to achieve. He has a timeline to train to his very best fighting condition with a specific deadline (the fight date). Finally, he has a trainer in the corner who keeps him on track – whose only job is to keep the fighter’s eye on the prize.
If we’re honest, each one of us can admit that whenever our dreams fade, it’s because our determination has waned, and we lacked self-discipline. I know for sure that anytime my life doesn’t look exactly how I want it to look, it’s for those two reasons!
It sounds so simple, yet it’s life’s greatest challenge. The question is: How good can you stand it? And, are you ready to train for it? Are you willing to put in the hard work that will create the goal?
Create an outline. I prefer to break up my big goals into 3-month challenges, but some goals don’t apply to that timeline (such as a year-long income or weight loss goal).
If you have a specific professional or personal goal that requires many smaller steps to achieve, such as “write a book” or “run a marathon”, it will do best on a project map. I like to use a page of a children’s large drawing pad (typically 16×22″) to map each major project I’m facing. Here’s how you’ll map it out:
1. Create a specific goal for each of the five pillars of life: Relational, spiritual, mental, physical, and financial. The more detailed the better! Therefore, don’t say: “I want a better relationship with my spouse.” Do say: “I want to fall more in love with my husband every day this year! We can go on a real date without the kids once a month, find a racquetball court we can play at for two hours each week, and I’ll cook one of his favorite meals every Tuesday.”
Don’t just idly think about all the things you want to improve; everyone does that. Own your goals and be one of the few who executes an action plan to create a better life!
2. Then, map out how you’re going to get that goal using the instructions above.
Thank you for joining me on Day 6 of this 7-day series! See you tomorrow for the series grand finale. It’s time to make your big dreams happen already.
Here’s to your best year yet,