Updated: Jan 4, 2019
6 Tips to Create Your Dream Year
How many times have you made New Year Resolutions for them to fall by the wayside by the middle February? Yep me too! But we are not alone as between 42% and 92% of all resolutions fail.
Instead, if we focus on choosing what we want our year to look like, and actively put more of the things we want in our lives, we are much more likely to have the life we really want.
Whether you want to run a marathon, start a business, meditate more or travel the world here are 6 steps to help you make this your best year yet!
1. Review Your Previous Year
It’s easy to get swept along with everything that happens throughout the year, or spend too much time thinking about the negative things and make excuses for why we didn't get round to finishing (or even starting) that thing we promised ourselves. Instead imagine how you would feel if you focused on what we DID achieve and all the things that made you feel good. You would be more motivated to do more of it, wouldn't you?
Check in what went well last year. What did you achieve? List all the awesome things you did. What was time well spent and what are you glad you spent money on? Its good to remember what things you really enjoyed last year, then you can create more opportunities to do more of those things this year!
On the flip side, check in what didn’t quite go according to plan and why. Write down the things that were a waste of time and money. Then you know to do less of those things that you don’t want in your life!
2. Dream Big
We can achieve much more than we think we can. Think about what is the biggest dream you would like to do and write down why it is important to you. This becomes your North Star when your motivation starts flailing. If you have a very clear and strong reason WHY your dream is important to you, you are more likely to keep going even when times are tough.
3. Set Your Goals
Once you have your big dream, set your goals that will help you get there. Whether it’s financial goals, places you want to go, people you want to meet, charities you want to support etc., when you have specific goals you want to achieve then you can work out a plan of how to make it happen. It’s a lot easier to follow through on making your goals happen, if you make them SMART. They need to be as specific as possible, measurable so that you can track your progress, achievable by having the skills, knowledge or resources to actually achieve it, relevant as it is aligned with your big dream, and time-oriented by giving yourself a deadline you will work harder to get it!
If you don’t have these, then a goal might be to get what you need first or find people to help you!
4. Choose A Word
Instead of having resolutions, setting a word for the year will help focus your actions. There are many ways to choose your word and can be very personal to you. One way is to use a journal and write how you would like your life to look like and see which words keep coming up for you. Or write down what values, qualities or characteristics you want to emulate more of, like focused, authentic or inspired. Or pick a word that resonates with how you want this year to look and feel like, like freedom, success or peace. This may sound a bit woolly, but when life starts taking you off track this word becomes your compass, reminding you to stay true to yourself.
5. Create a Plan
It’s all very good having goals and dreams, but without taking action NOTHING is going to happen. But a year can be completely overwhelming, or you can end up putting things off and leaving everything to the last moment (like when you pulled that all-nighter to get your homework done, yeah I see you!!). Instead one way is to focus on what you want to achieve in the next 3 months. Break down what tasks you need to complete to achieve your goals and work out how long it will take to complete each one. Then you can block out the time into your diary and plan what you want to have achieved each week towards your goals.
6. Make a Vision-Board
Creating a space that displays what you want actually does bring it to life. What we focus on expands. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you end up doing short visualisation exercises throughout the day. Whether you believe that or not, we know that visualisation works. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance.
Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just what you want to achieve. There are no rules to how to create one. You can cut out images from magazines, add a thank you card from a friend that makes you feel special, a photo from a family holiday that made you feel happy. You’ll be amazed at how things unfold once you set the intention for what you really want and how you want to feel.
Do you need some help creating your plan for 2019? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back! I’ve created a printable download with a workbook and 90-day planner to help you plan out your dream year, with inspirational words and quotes you can cut out to put on your vision board. You can buy on Etsy HERE
What word is going to remind you to stay true to yourself and help you move towards your dreams? Tell me yours in the comments below and share this blog to get a chance of winning a copy of Your Dream Year workbook.