There are only 2 weeks left in 2018. It’s time to reflect on the previous year, make course corrections and set goals/intentions for the New Year. I have one week of work left on the road then I have some downtime to spend time setting myself up for success in 2019. Here are 3 things you can do to get a jump on 2019.
1. Let it Go – Whatever it is that failed in 2018, let it go. You can’t hang onto that stuff and move forward at the same time. We all have failures. Mary Kay Ash said “Fail Forward to Success.” You can’t have success without failures. Do an “after action review” of the failure and ask yourself, what worked, what didn’t, what can be improved for next time. Then let it go and move forward.
2. Chose a word that will shape your year. In my acting class we are asked to come up with a word that will be our theme for the year. For 2018 my word was “excellence” which to me meant I was striving for excellence in everything I do (Excellence in all we do is an Air Force Core value). That means 2018 was #yearofexcellence. This year my word is “Accelerate” as in take control of the handlebars of life and roll on your throttle to accelerate success from my Pink Biker Chic brand. Excellence will still be a foundational theme but my focus this year will be on acceleration both personally and professionally.
3. Set goals using more of an intention statement then a list of goals. Many people list their goals and statistics show that only 5% of people actually set goals. Here is a great statement to use for setting goals: “It is now_______________ (date you will achieve the goal) and I am/I have______________________ (goal). For instance it might go something like this It is now 31 Dec 2019 and Dynamic Vision Foundation has purchased land in Kenya with donations received and started a farm and build 3 family homes. Or it is now 31 Dec 19 and Dynamic Vision International has done $500,000 in revenue. You have to make it realistic and timed to the future, then visualize what the end step is for your goal.
What do you need to let go of from 2018? What will your word be for 2019? What goals/intentions will you set for 2019? Take the time to reflect, release and recharge this holiday season. Celebrate with someone the successes you’ve had for 2018 and be proud you have the opportunity to make it a great 2019. If you have health issues or have had losses in 2019 you can still shift your mindset towards positive even in the midst of the tough times. It’s a challenge, but if you have faith, surround yourself with people who hold you up, support you and believe in you, you can do just about anything.
Happy New Year!