6 Tips To Make 2015 Your Year!
You can decide right now that 2015 is your year!
At 11.59pm on the 31st December you have a whole 365 days stretching before you, just like everybody else. How will you spend it, what will you NOT do that you have done in 2014 and what WILL you do in 2015 that you have never done before?
Each year, like everybody else, I think about what the year ahead will bring. I’ve dabbled in writing goals, setting time limits and feeling the disappointment years later when I flick through an old journal and read over what I STILL haven’t achieved!
Except for 2014, it has been different and here’s why…
Previously, reviewing anything I had written made me feeling pretty uncomfortable as I viewed it as negative, I was fearful of all the “head in the clouds” “idealistic” goals and “wishes” I had set for myself, until I tamed the reviewing process and made it work for me.
I reviewed daily (ok not EVERYday) and weekly and was pleasantly surprised and enthused at the amount of things I ticked of my goals lists. It’s a real sense of achievement for me ticking things of a list and a letting go of the energy of “having to do”, it’s done and dusted and put to bed! Now that’s a good feeling!
I’ll say that again, make time! You HAVE to make time to review. Put it in your calendar, diary, set an alarm, do whatever it takes, just make the time, it’s that important!
2. Include ALL Areas of Your Life
Think about what you want for your life, it’s not just career focused. To live a balanced, holistic life, all aspects must be included. Here are the areas that I include
- Health and Wellbeing
- Inner Life/Me Time
You might like to include other areas or call the areas by a different name that resonates with you.
3. Write Positive Statements
Take each area and write a positive story about it, how you “see” yourself living that area of your life. What will you be doing? Who will be with you? Where will you be. See it on an enormous big screen in full technicolour. Studies show the more we do this the better the chances are of having what we “see”.
Or an alternative is to see or think about the 31st December 2015 and tell your story about what has happened throughout the year right up until that moment, just like a movie.
Just write! Don’t censor every word, every thought, this allows you to dig deep and bring what your real dreams and aspirations really are! some might surprise you and some might scare the bejeebers out of you. Know that it’s all OK, it’s just you dreaming BIG!!!
DO what you say and write that you are going to do! Consistency allows you to form new habits. New habits are dreams in action. Consistency will bring your hearts desires into reality and that’s the difference between a New Years Resolution and a REAL goal!
5. Self Discipline
My mantra throughout my life about self discipline has been
“Do what I have to do, when I have to do it, whether I like it or not”
Put another way by one of my mentors…”Word Is Law” If you say you are going to do something DO IT! No question, if you speak it, it’s a MUST!
Self discipline is following through.
6. Reward Yourself
In the past I’ve been a shocker for not rewarding myself. This year that has changed.
Recently I sold my house, paid of my mortgage and business loans for my brick and mortars. On the morning of settlement I made a promise to myself, after all the paperwork was completed I would reward myself and celebrate owning and selling the first house of my own.
I took myself down to the river front, ordered a glass of champagne, a cheese platter and revelled in the sense of achievement, all that the home had brought (the good and the not-so-good) I ran through all the things I was grateful for and generally gave myself a big pat on the back.
Remember to dream BIG! Time to break out of thinking small! Meet with a friend and talk about what you will achieve in 2015, what you really want. Be willing to push the boundaries, then go out and claim 2015!
Won’t you join me in making 2015 YOUR year?