With just 2 days left of 2015, are you feeling ready for the New Year? With the Xmas celebrations almost over I've been taking a bit of time out today to turn my attention to the New Year and what I want to achieve in 2016, and over the next few days I'll be creating my clear action plans to make sure I stand the best chance of achieving them.
So, are you feeling ready for 2016? Have you got a clear idea of what you want to achieve from your business and your personal life over the next 12 months, and where you'd like to find yourself this time next year? Are you thinking about setting any New Years resolutions?
Personally I'm not a fan of New Years resolutions for a number of different reasons, but I am a big advocate of planning for the year ahead and getting really clear on where you want to go, I like to have a plan - I find it keeps me focussed, motivated and dramatically cuts down on procrastination and wasted time trying to figure out the next step as I go along, instead each step is clearly laid out ahead.
Rather than looking to make any big, dramatic changes in the first month of the year, which can be daunting and feel unachievable, not to mention demoralising if you don't hit the high target you've set yourself, I instead look to build in small, consistent changes or habits to introduce each and every month to move me towards where I want to be at the end of the year. Instead of focussing on the end goal I can just stay focussed on the next step which makes each months step/progress feel achievable and actually enjoyable. If, for example, one of my goals for 2016 is to improve my health I might pick out 12 healthy behavioural habits I would like to introduce into my life over the next 12 months such as; meditating, getting 7hrs sleep a night, doing 15-30mins of daily yoga, drinking at least 2ltrs of water each day, going for a 30min walk 3 times a week, not eating meat 2 days each week, eating at least 5 portions of fruit and veg every day, trying a new sport, etc. So rather than setting the NY resolution of "I should lose weight this year" which feels heavy and slightly negative, I instead focus my attention on introducing 12 positive new habits into my life over the next 12 months, knowing that naturally each of these will also lead to weight loss and which will compound over the next 12 months into great results. With my business one of the easiest areas to apply this is to introduce and test a new form of marketing each and every month, if that was the only change you made to your business practices, this time next year you'll have 12 potential new customer streams into your business - what difference would that make to how quickly your business was growing?
So my advice when looking ahead and planning for 2016 is rather than asking yourself for big behaviour shifts overnight this Thursday and expacting to wake up a new person Friday morning, perhaps instead consider looking for just 12 positive new habits you'd be excited to introduce into your life, one at a time over the next 12 months, and see where the compound results of these positive changes takes you by this time next year.
Have a great New Year, enjoy the rest of 2015, let's see it out in style :)
PS. I won't be starting anything new until the weekend - no-one should have to try and do anything new/challenging on a hangover!!