Is there anything more delicious than the start of a new year?!
There is such a palatable energy and hope around the possibility of new beginnings, and fresh starts, and those six pack abs that I’m finally gonna (er, you get the point…)
But when we try to do too many things (#allthegoals, #alltheresolutions) we get overwhelmed and then sacrifice what’s most important. Hello empty gym in March and settling back into the “old you.”
Nope. Mama’s not gonna let you backslide into an old story of what you think you deserve. I’m also (I’m mama in that last sentence apparently) not going to let you buy into all of the “new year, new you” BS. It’s the same you, but with a renewed energy and a massive opportunity in front of you. So let’s do this.
Using the steps below and my free downloadable worksheet, you can get really clear on the hopes, dreams, and achievements you want to call in in the new year, organize them by quarterly theme (I'll share why that's important below), and then convert them into targeted micro steps that feel (dare I say it) easy to complete.
Introducing TOKO: Themes, Objectives & Key Outcomes
1. Meditate, ask for guidance, and then make a list of everything you want to call in this year.
Before you begin your meditation, ask your higher being of choice for guidance on what your soul needs to call in with questions like:
How can I be of greater service?
How can I live my soul’s purpose?
How can I have more joy / love / freedom / abundance in my life?
If you’re still not so keen on meditating (or think you can’t do it), go through the ritual of it anyway. Light the palo santo, sit in a quiet space, and play May the Long Time Sun while you breathe in and out through your nose with your eyes closed. Focus your 3rd eye (that place right between your eye brows where you may or may not want to get Botox, ah hem, not projecting at allll) while taking deep breaths in and out of your nose.
And when you’re ready, write everything down that comes to mind. Do not edit. Do not judge. Just free write for at least 5 minutes and see what comes out on the page. Dream big. The sky's the limit. Have fun with this part!
Pro Tip: if you’re doing this for your personal and professional areas of your life (which I highly recommend) be sure to talk to your manager/colleagues/teams first so that you know what your team/department/account goals are in advance. The idea is that you can then create alignment in these different areas of your life.
2. Group your goals together by theme (ending up with 4 quarterly themes). Having 4 categories for your goals will give you enough variety to keep things interesting throughout the year, while still helping you stay focused on what matters most. Now, things will change, that's to be expected. But where you can, consider the time of year and your lifestyle so that you're setting yourself up for success and can feel like you're flowing with what's going on around you. That will support you in sticking with your goals. Example: If you live in the middle of Minnesota and have a quarterly theme of Health & Wellness, make that for Q2 or Q3 where you’ll have more outdoor exercise options available to you. Set yourself up for success.
3. Using this worksheet, create monthly objectives and measurable key outcomes that will let you know when you've reached your goal. Pro Tip: It may feel difficult to quantify your goal, but this step is CRITICAL! Everything can be made quantifiable, and it makes it so much easier to know you've met your goal. This is also a non-negotiable if you’re goal setting for business.
4. Plan to succeed. Give yourself 30 minutes either at the end of the week, or 30 minutes at the beginning of the week, to review how things went, plan for what you have coming up and figure out how all of it aligns with your TOKO. Then…
Enter 1-2 daily micro steps for the week ahead into a digital calendar or app. Micro steps challenge any resistance you may have toward change by appealing to your desire for ease and grace. So start small. Small achievements compound over time to create real and lasting change.
This is literally figuring out the smallest thing you can do to move forward.
And once you have it all organized in the worksheet below, it's so much easier to figure out what those small steps look like and how to work them into your busy life.
I am an incredible busy person and rely on my iCalendar for everything. I use the MindBody app to schedule workout and yoga classes (because I can easily add to my iCalendar from there), and recently downloaded the app called Productive. It reminds you to do things (like drink water, which I really need), and it winds up being about $2 a month if you buy it.
5. Last but not least, celebrate your wins!
If you’re checking in on your progress and what’s coming each week, you’ll know that you’re doing an amazing job. How can you reward yourself in a way that’s aligned with your goals? LIFE IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN! The more you celebrate your and your team’s wins, the more motivated everyone will be to continue forward.
And that’s it!
It’s pretty easy once you have the tools you need and do the planning in advance.
And if you need some support, let me know. I’d love to take you and your team through a more detailed goal setting workshop that’s specific to your business.
I hope this serves you.