In our recent posts, we’ve been supporting you in your end-of-year reflections and new year intentions. So far, we’ve covered:
- Your Past: We asked you to answer the question, “Where have you been?”
- Your Priorities: We asked you to answer the question, “What matters most to you in this life?”
- Your Present: We asked you to answer the question, “Where are you now?” by rating how well you’re living into your top 5 Life Priorities.
- Your Future: We asked you to answer the question, “Where are you going?”
Today, we’re answering the question,
“How can you stay on track?”
Research has shown that the people who envision the outcome they want, the obstacles they’ll face along the way, and plan for both, are more likely to see success. In How to Have a Good Day, by Caroline Webb, she uses the term “realistic idealism” to describe this process.
Now that you’ve envisioned what next year will look like, today, we’re encouraging you to do some realistic ideation of your own.
IDENTIFY THE OBSTACLES
What are the 1-3 obstacles / challenges that are most likely to get in your way of achieving your vision of success? Some answers we’ve heard include:
- I don’t have the skills I need.
- I struggle with meeting new people.
- I can get lost in my work and am then depleted.
- My negative self-talk gets in my way.
- I have too many responsibilities to others.
- I don’t have the resources to support my efforts.
PLAN TO GET AROUND THE OBSTACLES
What are the small steps you’ll take to get around or through your obstacles / challenges, to get you closer to your vision of success?
Create a plan for how you’ll keep yourself motivated and on track. The more detailed you can get, the better for your success. Some answers we’ve heard include:
- If I find myself getting lost in my work more than 2 days in a row, then, I will start setting a timer on my phone to leave at 5pm, and will ask my partner to support and encourage me to set work boundaries (i.e. not check messages!)
- If my negative self-talk gets in my way, then, I will pause and take 10 minutes to write down all of my skills and gifts I’m grateful for.
- If I’m finding myself overwhelmed with the amount of support I’m giving to others, then, I will look for the possibilities to delegate, delay, or delete some of those responsibilities.
Take some time this week to write down your top 1-3 obstacles / challenges and then detail out what your small steps will be.
Remember, small steps taken consistently over time, can lead to big success!
Stay tuned next week when we’ll give you some additional tips and suggestions on how to create the life you’ve envisioned for 2024.