We’re halfway through the year. I know I cannot believe it myself. Where has the year gone? You may be saying to yourself, “Wait, I had so many plans for 2019! How am I going to get back on track?” I’ve got you covered. Here are my top 5 tips for getting your year back on track and accomplishing what you want by the end of 2019.
Step 1 – Get out a piece of paper right now. Write down the top 10 goals you want to accomplish by the end of the year. Dream big. Allow yourself to believe anything is possible because it is. They can be business goals, life goals, marriage goals, incorporate them all into this list. My philosophy has always been that they’re all integrated anyway, so why not have them all in the same place.
Step 2 – Select 3 of these that you are dedicated to making happen by the end of the year. Yes – you can possibly get more done, but these are the ones you’re going to prioritize. These are the ones that come hell or high water you are going to make happen! How do you choose? They should be the ones that scare you a little bit. They make you nervous enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up or your voice cracks when saying them out loud. These are the ones that are going to create the type of growth you really want. These are the ones that will make you want to jump out of bed in the morning because you know you are moving toward a real purpose. Shawn Achor says that “happiness is the joy we feel striving after our potential.” Go for your true potential. Try not to choose something that would simply be an item on your “to do” list because you won’t get the same rewards from it.
Step 3 – Now turn these 3 into S.M.A.R.T. goals. Make them “specific,” “measurable,” “achievable,” “realistic,” and “time-based.” Taking this step of turning them into S.M.A.R.T. goals forces you to be specific about when you intend to accomplish these goals. It forces you to understand if these are the right 3 goals to prioritize (which is half the battle, making sure you’re spending time on actions that will lead to the results you value).
Step 4 – Integrate these 3 goals as significant priorities in your calendar NOW. You’re going to redo your calendar from this point forward to ensure you lead each day with an action that moves you closer to one of these 3 goals. If your goal is to produce more artwork to generate more revenue, you are going to start the day painting rather than responding to emails. This allows you to ensure you reach those “high priority” activities rather than believing you’ll get to them “once you’re done with the other items on your to-do list.” Guess what, that never happens, so we tend to never get to these “high priority” goals. Reengineering your day this way will ensure your goals, and likely a lot faster than you anticipate.
Step 5 – Share your 3 “high priority” goals with others. Yep! This part is scary. I get it. You’re scared to put it out there to others. What if you don’t make it happen? Ask yourself though if you’re more likely to make it happen if no one knows about those goals or if everyone knows you’re reaching for those goals. Right?! You’re more likely to grow and strive for those goals if others know about them and are asking about your progress. You don’t have to tell the world on social media (if you don’t want to). Just share it with those you love so they can give you the support you will undoubtedly need to continue to push past your comfort zone. This is a way of anticipating the tough times and creating the support system you need to get through them. Create that community for yourself now, and when you feel the desire to slink back into the box we tend to create for ourselves, you’ll have people right by your side to pull you back out of it.
NOW GO FOR IT! One of my favorite poems is by Mary Oliver (read it below), and in it, she asks, “what are you going to do with your one wild and precious life?” I remember that our time on this Earth is finite, and I constantly challenge myself to do more because I remember that I only get one shot at this thing, so I might as well. I think you should too! Feel free to share your 3 “high priority” goals with me too! I want to hear them, so I can cheer you on too!
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down –
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?