[New Blog Post] Build The Year You Want

January 1st rolls around every year and the gym memberships increase, health food flys off the shelves and we declare that this is the year to________________fill in the blank.

We make our resolutions for the new year and all too often find ourselves with the treadmill becoming a coat hanger, our credit cards still maxed out and our jeans a little tighter from the holidays.

Why?

I believe there are three reasons: 
1. We focus on one specific area (Our New Years resolution)
2. We bite off more than we can chew and are left overwhelmed at the lack of results, so we quit.
3. We forget to look at our life holistically.

On New Year’s Day, I watched a morning show offer up horrible advice on how to set a New Year Resolution while ignoring other areas of life. No one talked how every decision we make affects the other.

Breakdown happens when we miss the big picture.

Men and women join the gym and go on a workout tirade going to the gym every day at 5 am and coming home after work exhausted with no energy to invest in other areas.

The new business owner launches his new business working a million hours while neglecting his wife and children.

If our New Years resolution is to start that new business, get in shape or anything else, we have to look at our entire life and look at the way each area is intertwined.

Dividing our life into categories can help us gain a better perspective on where to place our focus on any given day. I like to divide my life up into the following categories: Thoughts, Relationships, Finances, Career and Physical Health.

Just because we divide our life up into these categories doesn’t mean that they are not interconnected.

So where do we begin?

  • Step One: Build The Year You Want Questions
    • What do I want 2017 to look like in my relationships, my finances, physical health or business? You decide your focus. Create a vision for each area you want to improve.
      • Get specific.
      • Write down what it will feel like when your 2017 vision for each area comes to fruition.
      • Ask: “How will the vision for each area effect the other?
  • Step Two: Build The Year You Want Goals
    • The vision for the year we want will remain a daydream without specific goals set in stone, on a calendar.
      Here’s an example goal: In 2017 I want to learn the basics of Spanish and build on this language from there. I am going to wake up at 5 am and study Spanish for 30 minutes each morning Monday through Friday taking the weekends off. By waking up early, this will not infringe upon my current schedule. At the end of 2017, I will be able to carry on basic conversations with my Spanish speaking friends.
      This example shows how specific goals practiced everyday lead to exceptional outcomes.
  • Step Three: Build The Year You Want Accountability
    • Find someone you trust to hold you to not only your goals but to ensuring you are not getting out of balance in one particular area letting others go by the wayside. Accountability is not very enjoyable but one thing I know after years of being coached and coaching others is it works. A coach holds you accountable. A coach can be your neighbor, friend, co-worker, spouse, whoever.
  • Step Four: Build The Year You Want Execution
    • Designing the year you want is not usually very exciting along the way. You have to do the hard work. You have to show up every day even when you don’t want to. Everything comes down to waking up and do what you know you need to do today to get to where you want to be tomorrow.

With a vision of how you want your year to look, specific goals set on how you are going to get there, a trusted friend to hold you accountable, and the perseverance to see it through, you will accomplish things you never thought possible and have a fantastic 2017 of Building The Year You Want!

Question: What do you want 2017 to look like? Leave me a comment below on Twitter or Facebook