In other words, HOW TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE. So, how then do you live your best life? This is what you need to do. You need to set goals for your personal and professional lives. Yup, the secret sauce to living…create it!
Here are a couple of pointers:
Having goals will allow you to measure your achievements and your success.
They will help you to improve those aspects that need to change.
But…before you begin to set your goals, you need to identify what your best life looks and feels like.
There are lots of ways to do this. Below are a few ideas you could try:
You could write it down being as descriptive as possible and using the present tense as if you are living your best life right now.
Or you could create a vision board with lots of pictures, words, and quotes.
If you really want to attract a successful outcome you could do both. Try it and see what works best for you.
One important thing to remember about visualizing your best life is that it needs to inspire you and to be fulfilling. Nelson Mandela said, “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
So dream big.
Think about your life purpose.
What makes you happy? Inspires you?
What legacy do you want to leave?
Finding your passion and purpose is the crucial element to living your best life.
Once you have found them you can then set your goals and create your plans.
Optimism: as you set goals, create plans and implement them you will see and feel yourself creating change in your life. These changes are positive and achieved by taking action. Each step is another towards your goal. You will feel proud of yourself as you achieve goals, reach milestones and see the changes you have made. These positive emotions create optimism for the future and help build strength and resilience to cope with change and any challenges you may encounter along the way.
Wellbeing: taking control of your life, deciding what you want to do with it and what you want to feel is incredibly empowering. Instead of feeling listless, unmotivated or depressed and anxious you will begin to discover a sense of excitement, curiosity, creativity, joy, passion and purpose. As you take action these positive steps will create positive emotions and the desire to continue to progress towards your end goal. You won’t want to settle for a humdrum existence when you have found the power to create the best life for you.
All of these positive emotions will reduce stress, anxiety and even depression. They will also affect your physical as well as your mental and emotional wellbeing.
Control: an often overlooked result of goal setting is control. By taking control of your life, envisioning the future you want through following your passion and purpose, you are acknowledging that life doesn’t just happen but can be shaped by you.
Your life is in your hands. You have the power to shape it to what you would like.
However, to create your best life you first need to discover your passion and purpose. Only then can you set your goals and plan how to achieve it. Without those goals, you reduce your chances of success as you won’t be able to recognize it when it happens. So…what are YOU going to do?
Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear what you have to say.
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So, Just What are the 5 Steps to Finding YOUR Passion?
What is PASSION? Let me explain it to you. According to Merriam Webster, “passion means intense emotion compelling action. Passion applies to an emotion that is deeply stirring or ungovernable.”
If you want to live your best life and find happiness, then you need to find your passion and follow it. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It actually isn’t that hard you know. So it’s surprising that so many people don’t do it. They seem happy to just exist rather than living a life of happiness and success.
Am I right?
How many people do you know that just sits on the sidelines and does nothing to create a life that is passion-filled? I bet you don’t even have enough fingers and toes! lol
So, here’s what I’ve got for you today. I know, it’s so simple that a 3rd grader can do it because they actually can still dream!
To change your life for the better and create a future, check out the easy five steps below.
Step 1: Dream Big
Everyone has big dreams. Even YOU! What have you done with yours? Do you think about them, act on them or hide them away?
If you want to find your passion and purpose, then it’s time to dream big. I mean REALLY BIG!!
So here goes, get a piece of paper and a pen. List all of those big dreams you’ve had from childhood to today. No matter how wild or funny, write them all down. Go ahead, I’ll wait!
Which of those dreams resonates most with you? Which makes your heart sing and inspires you the most? Is it realistic and achievable?
If you’ve set your sights on being the first full-time resident of Mars, then you’ll probably need to take another look at your list and find something that is more realistic and achievable but almost as exciting to you! What? You mean I need to dream bigger than this?
Remember, your big dream doesn’t have to be outrageous or huge. It just needs to be big enough to push you out of your comfort zone. And YOU need to be willing to commit to making changes in your life so that you can achieve it. You need to want it. It needs to spark desire and passion in you. You get it right?
Step 2: Set Goals
Oh no…I dread this one! Once you’ve decided what your ideal or dream is then you need to set goals. Your end goal is what you want to achieve; your dream.
There will be other, smaller goals, that you will need to achieve along the way. You need to note these down as well.
You still have your paper and pen right? You mean you threw it away already? What’s the matter with you silly? Now you have to go back to Step 1.
Step 3: Plan Your Way
Ok, now that you know what you want and need to achieve, it’s time to plan what you need to do to get there.
Think about what action you need to take, resources you will need and anything or anyone that can provide help and support. That might even be ME!! You never know right?
Step 4: Take Action
You know what you want, what you can expect from yourself, how you can achieve it and the steps to take. Right? So…It’s time to take action.
Remember you are looking for a passion-filled life. One that fills you with excitement, joy, and success. You can’t just want it, you have to do something to make it happen.
Step 5: Live Your Best Life
Once you’ve started taking action on your goals and plans you will find that your life starts to improve.
Instead of dreading each day you’ll look forward to it with excitement and anticipation.
Your best life is the one that gives you happiness, success, and achievement through living your passion and purpose.
If you want to find and live your passion, then you can follow the five steps above. You can do it on your own or you can give yourself a helpful boost by using a coach or mentor.
And I can help you with that because I’m getting ready to launch my NEW MENTORING PROGRAM. So you’ll want to stay tuned and watch closely for the BIG Announcement….coming soon!
What is the definition of a mentor? According to Merriam-Webster, it’s “a trusted counselor or guide”. So, a mentor is someone that motivates you to keep you accountable to yourself and provides guidance. Here’s how to pick the best mentor for your upcoming year…
Who Inspires You?
Start by thinking about who regularly inspires you. Maybe it’s the speaking coach that’s crushing it with her products or the crafty mom who turned her blog into a thriving business that supports her family.
It’s OK if you choose a mentor in a different niche. For example, you may choose a mentor who sells makeup online, even though you’re a brand designer for local businesses. Just because you’re in separate industries, it doesn’t mean you can’t be influenced by her.
Why Do They Inspire You?
As you consider who might be a good mentor, ask yourself why certain people inspire you. It may be they have something you want like a big business, a good marriage, or a great sense of style. It could also be something they already are like an artist, an entrepreneur, a speaker, or a novelist.
Getting clear on why someone inspires you is important. Once you know, you’ll understand yourself better and what it is you want to create more of in your own life.
How Can You Learn from This Mentor?
You can begin learning from your mentor right away. Read her blog and sign up for updates. Watch her video episodes and take notes on the nuggets of wisdom that capture your interest. Follow her on social media and check in on her profile a couple of times a week.
Study what works for your mentor and what doesn’t. Pay attention to how she structures her time and uses her energy. Note her goals and see how she reaches them and what tools she uses along the way.
How Will You Engage?
As you’re learning from your mentor and soaking up her wisdom, don’t forget to engage with her. Comment on Facebook or reply on Twitter. Let her know how much you appreciate the fact that she’s sharing her journey with others just like you.
Look for ways you could hang out with her, whether online or in a virtual space. Sign up for her webinar or attend the conference she’s speaking at. Watch her live streams on Facebook or take her courses.
So, let’s review.
Find someone that INSPIRES you.
Why do they INSPIRE you?
How can you LEARN from her?
How are you going to ENGAGE with her?
Finding a mentor doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. In fact, there’s probably at least one women that you already admire and can learn a lot from! Yeah…ME!
Transform your year with the help of a business mentor. Discover how by signing up here.
Stop Talking about Your Goals Like They’re Dreams…Get ‘Em Done Instead
The other day, one of my business associates shared a free time calculator on their blog post. You can get this tool also! (get it here). Anyway, this tool will help you discover just how much time you have to pursue new goals and achieve those awesome things you’ve been putting off forever. So check it out…
Well, now that you know, you DO have the time to work on the things that matter to you, so let’s get to work on getting to those goals. Ok?
You’ve probably heard of S.M.A.R.T goals before…and that’s because it’s a formula that works.
Here’s an overview:
SPECIFIC – Your goal needs to be spelled out very precisely and you also need to have a reason WHY behind your goal. Some benefit or emotional attachment that will keep you focused. For example, a goal might be to earn $12,500 per month and onboard 5 new quality clients monthly in the next 90 days.
Using language that leaves no doubt as to what the goal is, why you want to achieve the goal, and how you will get there is very important. If you are not able to be detailed in your description of the goal, it will be hard to meet it. Take the time to do this part right.
MEASURABLE – This is where the Journal comes into play. It’s a report card and a method to measure what you want to accomplish and what you actually accomplished. If your goal cannot be quantified, then it’s not a full goal. By using this, you will know when you have succeeded. An example of a measurable goal would be “I want to deposit into our bank account an additional 100 dollars per week. I’ll accomplish this by writing five 500-word articles each week for a life coach.”
ACTIONABLE / ACHIEVABLE – There are different things that “A” can stand for, but it’s usually actionable or achievable. In order to achieve anything, you must take action. So, make your goal actionable. Do something each day that will eventually result in an accomplished goal.
Goals should also be achievable, or you will quickly get frustrated. Be accurate about the time it takes to reach a goal, and what actions it takes to get there. Also, know who will be responsible for doing it.
REALISTIC / RELEVANT – “R” can stand for realistic or relevant, and both are important. If you want your goal to succeed, it should most certainly be realistic, or you will fail. If you’re currently making $500 a week and your goal is to increase that to $12,500 in 90 days, now that’s not realistic. However, you may be able to increase it by $300. Once you achieve that goal and are earning $800 a week, you can set a new goal to increase your income by another $500 a week or something similar.
Your goal should also be relevant to your life’s vision. It should also match your values. There’s no point in making or achieving goals that have no relevance to your long-term life goals. You could instead use that time to reach goals that get you one step closer to actually reaching your life goals. So always ask yourself, if the goal is relevant to your life goals.
TIME BOUND / TIMELY / TRACKABLE – Various authors refer to the “T” in the S.M.A.R.T. acronym as time-bound, timely or trackable. All of these t’s are important parts of the goal creating and setting process. If you don’t set a time limit and you can’t track what is happening, your goal will be hard to quantify or show as achieved. And isn’t that what it’s all about anyway? You decide!
To help you work through and create S.M.A.R.T. goals, download the quick guide and worksheet below.
Review the Simple Ways To Create and Plan For 2018
How to review your year:
When you first start to review your year, you’ll want to ask yourself certain questions. You can’t move forward without looking at where you came from, so it’s important to spend time reviewing 2017 in its entirety.
verb: to examine or assess (something) formally with the possibility or intention of instituting change if necessary.
Here is a list of questions to ask yourself:
What products/services did you create in 2017?
What do you want to do more of?
What do you want to do less of?
What didn’t work?
What were you happiest doing?
What were your finances?
What stressed you out the most?
How do you feel about the last year overall?
These answers don’t have to necessarily be all business based. Maybe you want more freedom and you want to spend less time working. Maybe you want fewer clients so you can spend more time with your family.
There are no “right” answers to these questions, but you need to answer them honestly.
Create short-term and long-term goals
Now that you’ve reviewed your year, it’s time to start creating some short and long-term goals.
Start by creating your biggest goal first, because it will keep you accountable and give you something to strive for.
(For example, this year my long-term goal was to rebrand my website, so I signed up for a Beta Test and learned all about how to use the Divi Builder to create my new site.)
So, start with your long-term goal first. Then, break it down into short-term goals, doing it step by step. This will help you to achieve your long-term goal without the unnecessary stress.
Try doing it by each quarter as this might make more sense to you.
Your short and long-term goals may look different than others in your business circle. Remember that these are your goals, not your coaches, your partner or anyone else. The point is to think about the business you want to create and make sure your goals are in line with that.
Plan for next year
Planning for next year needs to happen in addition to creating an action plan, which I’ll discuss more about below.
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you’re dreaming up what your 2018 could look like:
What are your financial goals for your business?
What new products/services do you want to launch (if any)?
How will you reach your financial goals?
What can you do in the first 90 days to get closer to your goals?
How will you grow your audience in 2018 (blogging, YouTube, Facebook Lives, etc.)?
What marketing strategies will you focus on to promote your products/services?
Answering these questions is critical to your success as a business owner. As the saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.”
If you need some extra help, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be more than happy to help you review your business with you and suggest some goals you might like to try.
Create an action plan for how you’ll achieve those goals
Now, this is where the magic happens. Nailing down your goals is a crucial step to reviewing your year, but if you don’t create an action plan for how you’ll achieve those goals then you won’t get very far.
If you want more Time Freedom in your life, you’re going to need to set up systems and processes for your business to run without you being attached to it. This is the simplest way to become successful.
This may mean investing in programs that help automate tasks. This could also mean you need to outsource some tasks so you can focus on what you do best.
Try to plan out your short-term goals in 90-day chunks. From there, create an action plan for each of those goals and what you need to do each week to move forward.
If the people and systems you need to invest in gets to be too pricey for you, you may need to reconsider some of your goals you have.
Identify how you’ll measure the progress of these goals
What measurements will you use to check in on your progress for your short and long-term goals? Throughout the year, revisit your goals and see if you’re on track.
Sometimes you can make long-term goals and then realize halfway through the year that you need to change directions.
That’s completely alright! Really!
But, you need a process in place for you to continuously be revisiting your goals, checking in on your numbers, and revising what works and what doesn’t work so you can continue to move forward.
Planning for downtime
This is so necessary but often a step that’s overlooked when planning for the next year.
Please, leave downtime in your schedule
This means don’t overdo creating so many new product ideas in the first 90 days of the year that you collapse from exhaustion. Really, some people actually do this!
Give yourself a chance to breathe and not be doing, creating, giving, sharing every week of the year. You can increase your business without sacrificing your time and energy. Smart planning is critical to your health also.
Because life will happen. And some project will get pushed back or delayed for reasons out of your control. Or your kids will get sick. Or you’ll get sick. Again, because life will happen. There’s no escaping it, ya know?
You’ll appreciate the downtime in the future, so you can either catch up on work that was missed or take some time to relax and focus on refreshing your mind/body.
And…that’s WHY you need someone to help you with all the many things on your to-do list. Allow me to offer you some Time Freedom in YOUR Business!
Contact me here – I would love to help you – every step of the way!