Create a Powerful 2011
We are nearing the end of the year, and before we begin creating our vision of 2011, it is time to look back over the year at all our successes and joys, and what lessons we learned when we took on the risk of failing forward and came up short of success. Because, you see, no “failure” is ever dismal if we have learned a lesson we can apply today and for the rest of our life.
In addition, I’m suggesting a relatively painless way to begin to intentionally plan for next year by offering you some coaching tools I use with my clients.
This is one of the few times I will ever ask you to look back over the last twelve months and consciously think about your past. The reason? The past is over, and it can’t be re-done. The only thing we gain from it is the knowledge we gain in how to do things differently, and then we can just let it go. POOF! Either make a few lists or feel free to use this template My Successes/My Lessons Learned.
I have attached a beautiful video about lessons learned that may inspire you as you go about tackling this delightful task so that you might celebrate all that you have become this year.
I am also asking you to review your year to see if there are projects and tasks left undone that you would like to complete. Not all projects need to be completed. Some are best left behind, especially if they no longer serve your purpose. As you begin to prepare for 2011, you will want to bring meaningful undone projects forward and list them on Projects Forward And Goals for 2011. As you write down your additional goals for 2011, weigh them carefully against your intentions in life, and your values, to see if they fit and will keep you motivated in your continuing personal growth plan.
Now, let’s take a piece of paper and divide it into four boxes, or use this final template for Goal Planning. Mark those boxes First Quarter, Second Quarter, etc. Within each of these boxes, list three goals/projects you would like to complete, and approximately when you would like to complete them. Bring your meaningful projects you have not yet completed forward into the first and possibly second quarter for next year. I’m asking you to put an approximate completion date on each goal/project, rather than a hard completion date, because we all know that life sometimes gets in the way, and sometimes we are presented with wonderful opportunities we don’t want to miss out on throughout the year. It’s good to remain flexible.
As opportunities pop up throughout the year, weigh them carefully against your 2011 plan. They may just slide a project into a later quarter, or eliminate one completely.
Have fun with this. For those who are creative and love the idea of a vision board, turn the final product into some artwork to hang on your office or bedroom wall so you can remind yourself daily of where you see yourself headed in 2011.
Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master and EFT practitioner. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.