Every year I come up with 3 words to guide my next year. Well this year is no different. I got word number 1 a couple of months ago, but I patiently waited until the Lord told me what my other words would be. I finally got them on Christmas Eve. So I wanted to share with you what mine are and I want to hear from you what are your word(s) for 2019 that you will use as a guide for what you want to see happen.
A little background on where I got my 3 word concept
I originally use to do just one word but a couple of years ago I stumbled across a blog post by Chris Brogan about his 3 words and I liked the concept. So I immediately put it into practice. Here is a link to his post so you can get a great explanation of the practice.
So that is why and how I started this practice. But let’s get to my words and what they mean to me.
The first word I got for 2019 is Partnerships. This has really been strong in me and I have already taken steps in that direction before the year has even ended. I want to focus on partnering with other businesses to help them grow and to help me grow. I want to partner on events and workshops next year. I want to partner on products and ideas. All of these things and more is what I mean by partnership. I’m already excited about a couple of new partnerships that will kick off this coming year and look forward to more opportunities moving forward.
The second word is Rest. I spent a lot of 2018 running from pillar to post. I felt I pushed hard in some areas and burnt myself out in others. And more importantly I felt I wasn’t doing what the Bible says by resting in the Lord. So in 2019 I will be resting in the Lord more because He got me and He’s the expert in what I can’t do myself or by myself.
The third word is Trust. These last few months have been a little tough and has really reiterated the fact that I need to Trust in the Lord. With EVERYTHING! I’m casting my cares and trusting that He has me. I know He does, but when faced with everyday life you can get caught up with what you see and not with what we as believer’s know to be true. So 2019 I will be fully trusting and walking by faith more.
So that’s my 3 words for 2019. I would love to hear what your 1 or 3 words are for 2019. Drop them in the comments below. Let’s do great things in 2019!
Just one more thing or two 😉…
When I get my 3 words I like to create a graphic that I then put on my phone and wallpaper of my iPad and laptop so I can always be reminded of what I am focusing on. You can also use a reminder app on your phone and set it to pop up daily for the year (I do this too). Try it yourself to see if it helps you too.
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This week I talk about end of year planning and how to get started planning for next year now. Don’t wait until you are knee deep into next year to begin planning for what you want to accomplish that year.
Resolutions and goals come and go for everyone each year, but I have found that when you take time to really reflect on the current year and what you want to do the next and actually write it out you are much more likely to accomplish what you set out to do.
Listen in as I share with you what I am doing and how easy it is to get started.
If you would like some accountability for planning for next year come on over to our Facebook page and leave me one of your goals for next year. Or you can leave a comment below and tell me your one goal for the coming year.
For an excellent resource for Career Mapping check out Sandi Krakowski’s 2014 Career Mapping Audio. It really helped me to create my one page career map and get on track to the best possible year yet.
Yesterday I did a quick audio about how you can start your goals over again. Just because you didn’t meet your goal at the end of January or keep that resolution for long doesn’t mean that you should just give up and throw in the towel. No! Get back up and dust yourself off and get it going again. It’s a new month and you can make a fresh start of it. Listen to the quick audio and tell me what you will be restarting this month in the comments below.
It takes work to organize yourself to make goals and to follow through. Setting goals and looking over them to make sure you are on the right track to achieving them can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be out of reach. I’m going to outline some strategies that you can use to become more organized in regards to you setting goals and achieving them.
Setting Goals in 2013
- The first strategy is to set 1 to 3 goals out of different categories that will go well together. For example you can have one goal that is about getting physically fit and then another goal about getting your finances in order. Don’t just create a long list of goals that aren’t defined and don’t flow well together.
- Set up a reward system for successfully completing your goals. Each goal that you have set for yourself can have a reward for hitting certain milestones. If you don’t make a goal don’t beat yourself up about it or punish yourself. Focus on the positive consequence of finishing up a goal.
- The greatest obstacle to goal setting and organization is the lack of dedication. Make sure that you are 100% all in on your goals. Don’t set goals that are too far reaching or that don’t take into consideration your schedule and reality. When you set a goal give it your all to actually complete it in the time that you have specified.
- Make sure that you have a beginning and a end date for your goals. When the start date rolls around you should start on that date no matter what happens. If something comes up on your start date try your best to work around the unexpected delay and make adjustments as necessary but START on your specified start date.
- Continually track your progress and remind yourself of your achievements and milestones as you reach them. Use visual cues such as calendars, notes and anything else that will show you how far you have come in accomplishing your goal.
- Have a support system in place. When you make a goal let everyone know about it so that they can hold you accountable. This can be family, friends, or anyone else that wants to see you succeed. Let them know what scares you and what excites you about your goals. Lean on them for support when you need it. Ask for their feedback of how you are doing with accomplishing your goals. But don’t just be a taker, also give them support and guidance with their goals they have set also. Stay far away from negative people who just want to bring you down and keep you stuck like them.
I hope as you embark on this New Year that you will take the time to sit down and really map out 1 to 3 goals that will make a great impact on your life. Until next time…
Want more information on Goal setting? Check out these books to get you going.
Thinking about the end of the year and what I want to accomplish for the new year, I have decided to write down goals. Now I am not into resolutions because those never last past January. But I am into making goals and planning out my next steps.
Concrete goals are what you need to be successful. So as the year comes to an end I want to take this time to think about what worked this year and what didn’t. I want to think about how I can stretch myself next year to get out of my comfort zone. I want to think about who I can help in the new year to get to where they need to be. This is the time to sit down and map out a plan for our next year. Push yourself to do better, do more, be more!
Start mapping out the first 90 days and what you want to see at the end of that time period. I read an amazing book, The 7 Minute Solution: Creating a Life with Meaning 7 Minutes at a Time, that helps you to grasp the 90 day planning concept. (affiliate link). I actually use the planner that comes in 90 day increments to help plan my 90 days out.
To help you get started I’m going to list just a few of the things I want to accomplish in the next 90 days.
- I want to make more tutorial videos.
- I want to redo my web design business website.
- I want to launch my training website.
These are just a few of the things that I want to accomplish in the next 90 days. I hope you will join me and take time to not only list what you want to get accomplished, but provide action steps and get started. Follow me on Twitter to see how I am coming along and leave your comments and one goal you want to accomplish in the next 90 days in the comments below and let’s keep each other accountable for accomplishing more in 2013.
Here’s to a bigger and better productive new year! See you on the other side!