Planning Your New Year: 5 Steps to a Killer 2019!
Aanndd here we are, well into the swing of 2019 my friends! I don’t know about you, but my insta-feed is freakin’ full of inspirational quotes and epic lists of resolutions. It’s nice, in a way, and while I’m all for motivation and goal-setting, let me just say, I’m SO done with the idea of resolutions.
Were your 2018 resolutions successful? Most people fall off after a week or two, 90% by the sixth month mark. Instead, I’m all about creating a powerful vision, full of possibility, for 2019. Want to join me? Here’s how I built out my vision for the coming year…
1) Reflect on Last Year:
There are many ways that you can reflect on the last year, but I like to keep it fairly simple. I create a grid by month and fill in key milestones and memories within that month. It’s easy to forget what happened in a a given month (heck, I sometimes can’t even remember what happened one week ago), so if you need a prompt, scroll through your calendar or instagram feed.
Once you’ve filled up your grid, go back in and attach the feelings you felt for each of those milestones. Identify if you see any common themes across the year. Did you notice any major shifts or behavioural changes?
Take stock of what you loved about last year that you want to recreate or continue. Then, identify themes, experiences, and maybe even people, that you’re ready to let go of. Letting go is powerful and essential to making room for continued growth.
2) Visualize Your 2019
Visualization is a proven technique used by top-level athletes and business elite to get results. According to famous Success Coach, Jack Canfield, visualization gets you closer to success on a number of levels. He says:
- It activates your creative subconscious which will start generating creative ideas to achieve your goal.
- It programs your brain to more readily perceive and recognize the resources you will need to achieve your dreams.
- It activates the law of attraction, thereby drawing into your life the people, resources, and circumstances you will need to achieve your goals.
- It builds your internal motivation to take the necessary actions to achieve your dreams.
So what are some effective ways to effectively visualize 2019? I have a few favourites:
- Sit through a guided meditation where you can explore how you see yourself in 2019
- Create a visual display of your inspiration; I like creating a virtual vision board and keeping it as my laptop or phone wallpaper
- Select affirmations to practice daily. Try switching these up on a weekly or monthly basis to align to your goals.
3) Keep Your Goals Top of Mind:
Writing goals for 2019 is a big part of the visioning process (read my goal-setting guide here). But if you’re wondering how to really solidify those goals into fruition (so they don’t become failed resolutions) – try writing them out before you go to sleep and then again when you wake up.
Forbes reports that writing goals down is extremely important for our success. Neuroscience explains that not only writing a goal down in a physical location helps keep it top of mind (not to mention the act of writing it down forces us to clarify the specifics of this goal) … and the physical location, gives us a prompt to look at.
But the second factor is biological, and it’s called “encoding”. When we write down our goals on a daily basis, our perceived goals are travelling to our brain’s hippocampus where they’re analyzed. From there, our brain determines what gets stored in our long-term memory, and in turn what gets discarded. Writing improves encoding, meaning that you’re forming a deeper connection with those goals, and they have a greater success of being realized.
Tip: If you don’t have time to write both times, try writing them at night, and then reading them when you wake up, or vice versa.
4) Find Your Pillars to Prioritize:
Ever wonder why the term “values” is so ubiquitous in the current culture? We’re all trying to juggle success in so many different areas of life, are we really enjoying any of them? Are we showing up as our best self – or really investing time in what we truly value? I believe firmly that we can’t be all things to all people. We have to live by our own pillars, set boundaries – and at the end of the day, focus on loving ourselves, without feeling guilty for not being perfect 10’s across the wheel of life.
Zeroing in on which areas you want to prioritize as “pillars” or “values” can be really helpful in helping to set those important boundaries – and expectations for yourself.
But remember this: where energy flows, attention goes!
Consider streamlining your list of pillars, drop one (or even two if you can), to reallocate that energy and attention to make greater leaps in the areas you really want to slay in 2019.
5) Word of the Year:
I’ve been seeing more and more people choosing a ‘word of the year’ for inspiration. The reason I love it? Instead of overwhelming resolutions, a ‘word-of-the-year’ helps narrow your focus to a core ‘theme’ or ‘energy’ that can act as a thread throughout the next 12 months.
Choosing your ‘word’ shouldn’t feel stressful – it should feel fun! After you’ve thought about your successes and missed opportunities of last year, and spent time sitting in your vision for 2019, make a list of some of the themes that have come up.
Then, cycle through your short list of words and ask yourself: “which one really feels right”? Which one inspires possibility and action? Which one calls to you? When you find your word, you’ll know. And if you’re not sure, that’s okay to. There’s no risk… take a work, try it on, and if it doesn’t feel right… g’head and change it. There are no black-and-white rules, so don’t be hard on yourself. Once you’ve picked a word, I suggest spending some time journalling about what the word means to you. You might be surprised, but I was able to journal for a whopping four pages exploring my word for 2019.
Which…. drumroll…. is: TRUST.
Choosing my word didn’t coming easily or immediately. But after some thought, I realized that in 2018, learning to trust more in the process really served me. It was hard. I’m a planner. I’ve always tried to control as much as I can to get the outcome I desire. But as I’ve learned, and continue to re-earn, sometimes you just have to let go and trust that the universe has your back.
In 2019, I’m going to Trust…
…in what’s calling to me creatively
…in what feels right in the moment
…in my support systems
…that if something I truly want doesn’t work out right away – it doesn’t mean in never will.
I can’t wait to hear all of your words and what they mean to you!
Let’s go, 2019! Build your vision and share your Word of the Year
with me on Instagram.