Are y’all ready for this? The last three days at home in Florida with my family have been life-changing. Life is short, friends. You can coast along (how many people feel like they are just coasting and going through the motions most days??) or you can dive in and LIVE. I am feeling very motivated to make things happen in 2013. Good things for other people. 2012 was a very good year, filled with more change than I can list in a blog post. The change wasn’t just having in a baby; it was so much more than that. God changed everything.
I will be writing this series on “goal setting” very quickly and in a very straight-forward manner… AND I’m going to go through this process right along with you. There are no rules here except you have to DO stuff. These are not posts to just read, OK? You have to DO things and interact with me here in the comments. Why? Because that makes you accountable and we all need that, don’t we? I know I do. If you are one to just read and be a “lurker”, lurk no more! : ) Life is too short. You have one chance to make every hour count and I’m so pumped to take this journey with you! Encourage others to join us too (surrounding myself with friends who are in the same boat as me has been so vital!) and use the hashtag #MTH2013. Making Things Happen in 2013, here we come!
First of all, get something to write on. I have been waiting to put together my Simplified Planner till the start of 2013, so I’ll be using that and an amazing journal that a sweet friend (thank you Mackenzie!) just gave me for my birthday. (Thanks for all the birthday love, by the way! I love this birthday so much and my shirt is wet from grateful tears in reading the amazing gift my husband and Emily and Gina and so many friends created for me. I am soooo grateful! I LOVE Y’ALL!)
OK, so you have something to write on, right? Please don’t read any further if you aren’t going to DO this with me. We’re in this together, y’all!
STEP ONE: Let’s take a look back at what worked in 2012. What did you make happen? What are you grateful for this year? I know I’m starting with the hardest step. Most people don’t like taking the time to do this because it doesn’t seem like it will get you anywhere fast. Trust me here. It will. Why is this the most vital first step? It’s really easy to look back at an entire year and just see the yucky parts. Like when something happens to you at the end of a day and you automatically call it a “bad day”, regardless of what happened the other 23 hours. Anyone do that? [Raising my hand high!] Are there goals from 2012 that you didn’t accomplish? Focus on what went well first. Make your list right now. These positive things are there to guide you and you shoudl CELEBRATE THEM! “Celebrate what you want to see more of.” I’m expecting at least 30 things – if not a lot more – on those lists. Feel free to list them here in the comments so you can inspire someone else. Gratitude changes everything and will show you just how far you’ve come… and it just might give you the energy and hope to press into 2013 full force! Make your list of things you made happen in 2012 and things you are grateful for.
STEP TWO: What didn’t work? Honesty time! And before you do this step, remember not to beat yourself up here. You are brilliant and I know you want to make 2013 your best year yet. The past is behind you. The old has gone, the new has come! Just list some facts here. In business and life, what didn’t work well to help you live your best life this year and what needs improvement?
STEP THREE: What fires you up? As a creative visual person, imagery really lights my heart on fire more than anything. Great photographs and colors can make my heart sing and help me clarify my vision. If you are like me, you will really love Step 3. Write out everything that fires you up in life – at least 50 things – and then get on Pinterest and get visual! Make a Pinterest board of images that inspire for a brilliant 2013. Title your board Making Things Happen in 2013 and share a link to your boards here. I think I’ll be very inspired by your boards, too! I’ll be sharing mine with you tomorrow.
OK, that’s it for today and that’s plenty to work on! Take your time with this and I’ll be back tomorrow with your next steps. Remember: PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION. This is not about writing the perfect list with a perfect pen or making the most beautiful Pinterest board… it’s just about honesty. To make things happen, you have to start with where you are. This is a process that will have a big payoff, but you have to commit to going through the process. Be still and let your 2013 vision slowly cook. Like a pan of homemade hot baked cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven. They wouldn’t be so flakey and yummy cooked in the microwave, would they? Just a big pile of mushy dough. I’m not going to hand you your 2013 goals. We’re going to do this right and get there together. Sound good? Awesome! Get to it! I’m working on mine too and will share my progress tomorrow…
WIN! To further encourage you to get things rolling for the new year, I’m giving away a seat to our Powerful Branding Webinar Series that starts on January 16th AND one of these gold foil Make It Happen letterpress desk prints above that will be available in my new shop coming soon. I will pick a random winner once we are done with all 10 Steps, so make it happen!