Goal setting

Your best year, your way

simon-migaj-432653Will this be your best year yet? It could be.

What I want for you is to create the year that YOU want. To have a deep knowing of what that is, what that looks like and to choose that for yourself.

No resolutions required.

It’s time to get out your journals, your vision boards, spreadsheets and thinking caps. Find your quiet place, your productive place, your happy place.

I’m going to share a few strategies to experiment with as you start your year. All of them have been road-tested by my clients over the years and they all are designed to help you create more fulfillment, more clarity, and more of what matters to you this year.

Let’s begin. Before you do anything else, do this:

Ask yourself smart questions. What do you really want this year to be for you, and equally important, why? What would you most like to experience? Where would you like to see progress on an important goal or vision? What changes would you like to make (knowing that “none” is a perfectly acceptable answer)? What contribution feels important to make right now?

Gaining clarity on what you really want from the year ahead is the foundation of making plans, goals and decisions that feel meaningful and fulfilling. Spend the time. These questions can be more challenging to answer than they seem. Until you’ve done this, don’t touch that planner.

And when you know what you want, try these:

Focus on a big quarterly stretch goal. Choose something meaningful and of consequence for you and make it the cornerstone of your scheduling and planning. If you’ve got room for more, add one or two more. Then focus on what matters and feel free to ignore all the shiny things. They are not for you, right now. Continue Reading

Simple strategies to create what you want

8849765290_2f3a2551abSometimes, designing our life and work to be more fulfilling and fun is a challenge. Often, though, the biggest challenge we face is ourselves.

First off, we (all of us!) talk a lot about “getting what we want” and “having it all.” Think about that language for a second. (Hint: It’s passive.)

Designing is an active process. And it requires us to show up.

I experienced this recently while taking on a search for a new home. We wanted it to happen in a short timeframe. It’s not exactly a “buyer’s market” in Portland. We wanted seemingly opposing features. Inventory is low.

The first step in “getting what you want” is a willingness to step up and create it.

I was optimistic. I know from experience that there is a lot we can do to influence the experience we’re having — and the results we’re getting.

I like these four strategies for a start (and put them all to work):

The clarity factor. Far and away the most difficult part of creating more of what you want is to be really clear on what this is. It sounds like a no-brainer. And yet, it’s not. I find that few people are all that clear on what they want– and more importantly, why they want it. “I don’t know.” is not an acceptable answer here. Neither is “it doesn’t matter” or any other avoidant answer. Continue Reading