Quote Of The Week – 1 – 2017
How To Get A Perfect Start For The New Year
“Today is the first day of a 365 page book. Make sure to write a good one.” – Unknown
I often find myself struggling with putting too much pressure on me. It is all fine to have new goals, wanting to improve your lifestyle, doing more workouts, meditate regularly, eating more healthy and so on. But I realize also that I feel stressed if I cannot live up to my own sometimes too high expectations.
I am getting stressed and unhappy by thinking about all the stuff that I didn’t achieve. However, there is also a lot of stuff that I did achieve as well. Even sometimes it is only the realization where I still need to get better and improve. This new awareness can be an achievement as well.
Black dot on white paper
Do you know the story of the black dot? I recommend you to read it. Imagine a black dot on a white sheet of paper. What do you see? Think about it for a while. You may describe the form of the dot, the position on the sheet of paper and so on.
Probably nobody would describe the white paper.
In our lives we tend to do the same focusing entirely on the comparatively small negative aspects and not seeing the positivity that is surrounding us. Whatever we focus on grows and our emotions are “energy in motion” and amplify the thoughts we have.
Letting go of perfection is where perfection begins
So in order to make my new year a perfect year I not only need to set new goals and so on, but I need to learn to see continuous progress as a success as well. The journey is the goal no matter how slow your progress seems to be.
As long as you work on something that you are passionate about and put in daily effort, then you will improve your skills. With your improved skills, and again, putting in daily effort you will achieve greatness in your life.
Now let’s have a look at how we can get a perfect start for 2017. First, we should review what happened in the last year before we can focus on the new one.
Review the old year
Let’s start with reviewing your previous year. Take a sheet of paper and write down whatever comes into your mind. You can do the review on one day and the goal setting on another day because if you do it thoroughly it may take some time. Furthermore you should do it alone and make sure that no one and nothing will disturb you.
This time you invest in yourself and once you did it, you can free yourself from the burden of feeling lost and not on track.
So first analyze the situation you are in right now. How was your year? What did you like and what not?
Look at your actual situation, your achievements, and also what didn’t happen but what you would like to achieve still.
In order to to make this approach a bit more structured you can follow the questions below and try to answer them as best as possible:
- What are you most proud of in the last year?
- Describe your last year in a single phrase. Imagine writing a headline for a newspaper.
- Think of anything that you could not accomplish before the end of the last year and when are you going to do it? Think of unfinished business, relationship issues, goals, habits, or someone you wanted to call (to say sorry?).
- When have you been the most excited about your life during the last year? What did you do?
- What would you have done differently given the chance to do it again?
- Did you achieve any dream in the last year?
- Where did you let fear hold you back from a goal that you had?
- What was very annoying or boring to you that you definitely want to change in the new year?
- Ask yourself who you spent the most time with and with who you would like to meet still? You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, so beware who you ask for advice when pursuing your goals!
Core Focus Areas
Now figure out some key areas that you want to focus on most in the new year. Write down about five to eight core focus areas that you are going to tackle. Ask yourself where you want to get results in your life and what is bothering you the most.
Below I listed some areas according to the four main categories of this website:
- Visualizing/Changing Perspective
- Believe Systems
- Meditation/Inner Balance
- Inner Guidance/Intuition
- Knowledge/Life Style
Relationships, marriage, helping others, etc.
My core focus areas are:
Whatever you are struggling with, sit down and name it. Where do you want to give your life a turnaround and see some real results?
Be honest to you and feel the relief of writing down what is bothering you. Don’t hold back and write until you feel that everything is said. Then think about it and try to allocate your core areas.
Now that you have named your core areas it is time to set some goals. I recommend to set about one to three (max. 5) goals per core area. No matter how your goals look like, they have to be meaningful to you. They can be huge or small, important is that you are setting them the right way, which I will explain in a minute. Also remember when setting your goals to not aim too low, as Mister Michelangelo once said:
I have written a series of posts about goal setting that I plan to set out as a goal setting course in the near future with some extra content, videos, downloadable files; etc.
For now you can find a detailed description of how to set goals and actually stick to them. Read the posts in the subsequent order:
You will learn about setting smart goals and the best steps to actually achieve them. I recommend you to take your time to go through these steps.
I plan to do the same for me and share it with you in order to make the entire process more transparent and easier to follow. In the meantime you can already start to use the very helpful goal setting application below. It covers all the important aspects of proper goal setting that will dramatically increase your chance of success.
Side Note: I am not only going to set up an entire course about goal setting in the near future, but also about getting your finances right (these are two of my goals). I won’t give you investment advice but rather the tools that you need to understand how much money you actually need and how you can improve your administration with money. Budgeting is a keyword here.
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Visualizing – How would your perfect year look alike?
One way to help you with your long-term strategy is to visualize how your perfect day and year would look like if you could do anything you want. Again, take out a piece of paper and write it down. This is actually part of the goal setting course that I mentioned above but you can simply take this step out of it and do it right now.
Another thing you can do is to write down how your perfect day would look like and make it a habit to visualize it and to work towards it on a daily basis. Goal setting can help you with that but also to understand what is missing in your life and how you can find it.
How to get there
By now you should know what is bothering you, where you want to get results in life, and have a couple of SMART goals that will guide you to new achievements. But setting goals is easy compared to following through and being very consistent with your efforts.
The key to any success is your daily routine. Only when you are able to make it a daily habit to work towards your goals will you be able to be successful.
Depending on the type of your goals you need of course a different routine, and each day is different. But then each one of us has 24 hours a day and some manage to achieve the most remarkable things whereas others are always “too busy” to achieve anything. Sometimes I have the feeling that being busy is mistakenly interpreted as being successful.
You have the power to decide how you are going to spend your time. Your goals give you the direction you need in order to use your time wisely and achieve whatever you want.
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I wish you have a very nice year 2017 and I hope that you stay around with me. Let me know what you have planned for this year in the comments below.