Most of us aren’t thinking about 2016; we still have Christmas shopping to complete and holiday events to attend. However, I want you to think about one thing for a moment: What would you love your 2016 to look like? In fact, I would love it if you had a conversation.
Picture it, your hometown, December 2016. (Yes, I’m a Golden Girls fan!) You are sitting down to have coffee with a friend you haven't seen in a year, and you're about to tell her everything that you’ve been up to.
What would you love to say? What would you be excited to share?
Would you love to share about a business you started, a new career path, a new relationship, or a vacation-of-a-lifetime that you enjoyed? The idea of this exercise is to get into the role-playing and consider what it is that you would love your next year to look like. It can be one thing or several, but the main criteria are that you get excited when you're describing it.
Does this sound like something you could do, or is it a strange concept?
Whichever one, this is an important conversation. You can do it by yourself, but it is even better to get a friend in on the fun and do the exercise together.
Let's pretend you and I are doing the exercise together. Here's an example of how my side of the conversation might go.
“Hi! It’s been forever! What, at least a year, right? Oh, it has been a great year for me; let me tell you about it. My business is growing by leaps and bounds! I released my first course in 2016, and it has helped so many people discover what they are meant to do. It has been so exciting to be part of people’s lives as they grow and make amazing changes.
I wrote quite a few articles over the year that were published in major online magazines. I received such wonderful feedback from the readers that it inspired me to write a book about living up to our full potential. It is not complete but will be soon.
I have been able to go on several wonderful trips over the year. Some were for business, but I was able to vacation in both the Pacific Northwest and Key West. Both areas are beautiful! I was able to visit with friends during each of the vacations, which made the trips even more special.
My dogs are doing great; I love that I am working from home and have lots of time to spend with them every day.
One of my favorite experiences last year was having my deck expanded to over twice its original size. I added a roof over part of the deck so that I could work outside even when it’s raining. That section even has removable screens for when it gets buggy. I also had a hot tub, fire pit, and an extra-large hammock installed so that relaxing at home was even more special.
I would say that 2016 has been an awesome year for me, and I know that 2017 will be even better. So, tell me, what was your year like?”
What’s the point?
Once you decide what would get you truly fired up, you can achieve it. How many of us just go through life on auto-pilot? We trudge along day after day and life just sort of happens to us. We can do this for years and never really notice. Then one day we realize that life is passing us by, but we don’t know what to do about it.
Well, this is what you do. Start living on purpose, and to do that, you will need a plan.
How do you get the plan? First you have to know what it is you’re planning for.
It is not enough to say I’d like more money, more time, and more freedom. Those are great, but you must be specific. Once you get specific, you can make decisions and take action to create that reality for yourself.
For example, now that I have identified that a new, expanded deck is something I would love in 2016, I can begin to work specific actions into my plans. I can get a contractor to come out and give me an estimate. I can begin to shop for hot tubs and hammocks that would fit the space. I can start to identify how many courses I need to sell to make that new deck happen.
So, it’s your turn now, what would you love in 2016? Dream big!
What would you love in 2016? Do this to achieve it...