I start at the end.
I ask, "One year from today, who will I be?"
With that question in mind I mindmap the year onto a large piece of white paper. Anything goes: If I were free of money, power, age, and limiting beliefs what would I dream up for myself?
In my first draft I imagine all possibilities of who I could become. Who do I want to spend my time with? What do I want less of?
It's fun. I play.
This is the first step of my three step process for writing New Year's resolutions.
I ask myself, "Future Chris. How's he doing?"
I'll write something like, "Today is January 1st, 2016 (one year from today). I can't believe the years keep coming at me!..." I'll include a note to myself about how amazing the past year was, sights, smells, images, etc.
- Three things I'm most proud of in 2015 are: ____________
- Three things I'm glad I did less of in 2015 are: ____________
- I spent more time with: ____________
- I traveled to: ____________
- Words to describe 2015: ____________
2. Choose Projects
- What do I really want? (Vision)
- What is important about it? (Values)
- How will I get it? (Methods)
- What is preventing me from having it? (Obstacles)
- How will I know I'm successful? (Measurements)
It's important that I create project on my calendar -- with due dates. And then I setup times to review my progress throughout the year. There are three types of checkin:
Reoccurring task checkin (i.e. the gym and yoga): I use a paper calendar. It's on my wall and I put an X for each day that I complete the task. You an print out these free wall calendars at http://print-a-calendar.com/
Recap: A Three Part Process
This year, create a lasting commitment for the upcoming year. If you'd like to use my process it looks like this:
- Explore -- consider all possibilities for next year by drafting a journal entry from the future
- Choose Projects -- decide on the most important projects
- Execute -- set up a process to schedule your projects, and keep yourself in check throughout the upcoming year
Your turn! Who will you be one day from today?
How do you keep your resolutions?
Leave a comment, or tweet your resolution to me @castig to share your your tips for keeping New Year's resolutions.