Plan Backwards – Achieve More

The dawning of a new year is naturally an ideal time to take stock, make plans and think about the goals we want to achieve and changes we want to make in the year ahead. But experience tells us that the majority of New Year resolutions fall by the wayside, and by February most of us will be back to square one. So if you fancy doing things a bit differently this year here’s another approach:

Imagine that it’s the end of 2015 and you’re sitting down to reflect on the successes and achievements of the year just passed. Take a sheet of paper and write 2015 Was A Great Year for Me Because … at the top. Then make a list of all the things you achieved and what it was that made it such a great year.    Imagining that your successes have already happened is a really powerful way to set your intentions for the year and should leave you feeling inspired, energised and motivated. That’s a lot better than the sinking feeling that often accompanies setting New Year’s Resolutions!

Then all you have to do is plan how you’re going to make those achievements happen. Using a year planner, diary or Outlook, make a note of what you need to do and when. Some goals will be straightforward, e.g. book weekend break in April. Others may require consistent focus and action on a daily or weekly basis. Break bigger goals down into small action steps and schedule each step.  To help with planning, you’ll find a handy template called 5 Goals to Reach in the Next 90 Days in the Free Stuff section of my website.
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Each new year bring with it a sense of anticipation and new beginnings.  It’s a bit like turning the page and starting afresh with a blank sheet of paper.  This is the time to set our intentions for the coming year – to make plans and prepare to take the necessary steps to make our lives more fulfilling, productive, successful and meaningful.  To quote Edith Lovejoy Pierce:
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We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Years day. 
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Happy planning and have a great month!
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P.S. If you’d like my support and guidance to help you make 2015 your best year yet, why not Get in Touch for a free, no obligation chat.

© Annabel Sutton, Coaching Tips – 2015

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