Create an actionable plan for the new year.

I met with a colleague recently who asked me what worked, what didn’t and what do you want to do differently next year. All great questions to help set your resolutions for next year especially if you answer “fine” when asked about your job or life.

What’s wrong with fine?

Fine is comfortable. However, according to Mel Robbins, you are settling for what is rather than going after what you want in life. Going after what you want is definitely not comfortable or easy but it’s rewarding on a number of levels.

Plus with the wealth of information and insights at our finger tips now, it’s pretty easy to figure out how to get what you want. So if you’re saying fine, stop. Muster the courage to say what you want [aka: resolutions] and go for it next year. It’s never too late.

Four questions to help you get what you want:

1/ What actions did you take this year?

Even if you didn’t set resolutions or develop a plan, think about all the little things that you may have done differently. You probably did those things with the hope of achieving a specific outcome.

2/ What actions worked for you last year?

It could be books that you read, courses completed, assignments completed or conferences attended that helped you achieve something at work or in your personal life. Think about everything that you did to get closer to what you want, want to improve or want to experience in life.

Of everything you tried, what actions were most successful in getting what you want. It could be the culmination of things or the consistency of actions that either helped you achieve the desired outcome or got you closer.

3/ What actions didn’t work for you?

When you’re creating something totally new, you have to throw some spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks. If nothing stuck, keep tweaking your actions until you figure out what works. Think of it like you’re developing your secret sauce. It takes a lot of refinement to get it right.

4/ What actions could you take next year?

Do some brainstorming at the start of the holiday and then get some distance from it. By the time New Years comes along, you’ll probably have a pretty good idea of what you need to do next year. Don’t forget to write down what you plan to do so that you can measure your progress. Plus you’ll feel more committed and likely achieve more by doing so.



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