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My work is focused on helping entrepreneurs launch new businesses and existing small business owners reach new levels of success. Being an organization and planning geek, the business and strategic planning is my favorite part of this work.
This time of year, though, inspires me to think about personal planning. How can we all create the lives of our dreams, especially given the unique aspects created by our partners’ lives in athletics? After years of making the same resolutions over and over, how can we finally create a plan that, if followed, leads to just the outcomes we desire?
A couple of years ago, I began applying my business planning process to my personal life and finally started reaching those goals that before had merely become exhaustingly repetitive yearly resolutions. As a result, I:
- Closed a business that was no longer inspiring and fulfilling
- Opened a new business that: I love; travels right along with me when/if my husband’s coaching job location changes; and that is impacting others in a positive way
- Started a local community of 500+ hikers in a brand new town where I knew no one
- Became debt free!
Sisters in Sports has offered the opportunity to share my life planning process so, if you are inspired to make powerful changes in 2016, try giving this a go!
STEP ONE – GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF TIME
Set aside at least one hour of “You” time for this exercise. Eliminate all distractions. Set up your space in an inviting way. Light a candle. Play soft music. Use an attractive journal and your favorite pen or record your thoughts electronically, using an appealing template on your computer or tablet.
STEP TWO – CREATE THE IDEAL VISION OF YOUR LIFE FOR 2016
Review each of the following areas of your life. Close your eyes and let your mind explore your ideal vision for each of these areas in the upcoming year. Do not worry about the “hows”. Dream BIG! Record your thoughts as you explore each area.
Health and Self Care
Impact on Others
Personal Enjoyment and Development
STEP THREE – IMPACT OF YOUR IDEAL VISION
Read back through the vision for key areas of your life, focusing on the most critical elements. Think about and write down what the impact on your life (and others) would be if:
- You achieved your vision; and
- If you did not achieve your vision.
STEP FOUR – CREATE THE PLAN
Review each key area and decide on one that is most important for you to improve in the upcoming year. For that area, create a list of actions you will take to achieve your ideal vision. Be as specific as possible in identifying your action steps and set a time frame for the accomplishment of each action. Keep this list to no more than five per area so you do not become overwhelmed.
Continue repeating this exercise for the other areas of your life in order of importance to you.
STEP FIVE – ACCOUNTABILITY
Keep Your 2016 Life Plan Visible
Keep your Plan in a place that is easily accessible and visible to you. To create a Vision Board for added oomph to your plan, see my Vision Board post: S2S Vision Board.
Schedule 2016 Life Plan Review
Schedule monthly or quarterly dates in your calendar on which you will review your Plan, celebrate your accomplishments, record new inspirations, and adjust the Plan as needed.
BEST WISHES FOR AN AMAZING 2016!
For the free expanded version of this 2016 Life Plan Guide, contact Connie Whitesell at firstname.lastname@example.org. If interested in other ways to streamline your life or your work, please sign up for Connie’s free Streamlined Strategies: S2S Streamlined Strategies.