The New Year is upon us and if you are like most of us with value-centered businesses you may want some new tools to put some new revitalized energy into your planning for 2013. And don’t forget that this planning is the same when planning your own life goals.
Ask yourself, what if you could create a plan that is infused with energy or potential wanting to happen in a greater sense? What if, as you prepared to create your plan you started from a big picture perspective incorporating not only the now and the past but the future as well?
It would certainly be exciting, energized and very empowering wouldn’t it?
Whenever I get together to plan with my team, family, partner, my aim is always to design an inspired action plan which is infused with vital energy where we are each involving intuition, creativity, flexibility, soul, and potential as well as the potential of the group rather than only operating from the left side of our brains (form, transaction, intellect, ego outcome.) Frankly this has never inspired me – I guess I need more colour!!
When we operate from a more balanced place using both sides of the brain, we create from a place of connection to what exists rather than only operating from what we can see and what has come before us. Certainly if we don’t allow wisdom, imagination and challenge into our planning, we will only re-create what has come before. It will never have the potential to be all that far reaching.
As you create using left and right brain the plan will emerge from the talent and skills of the group as well as from the wisdom and power of all that is unseen and undefined.
So here are some ideas; if you like give this a try:
1. If you haven’t already, work out what your ultimate destination is in a really big picture sort of sense. In the biggest sense, what is it that you really want to achieve by what you are doing? What is your overall mission?
You won’t be wanting too many details here, just the overall rich, inspiring, exciting stuff. If, after discovering this, it is not exciting you, then it probably doesn’t have the power to move you, your life or your company forward. Think again and think big and mostly, enjoy the process! This is really important as this stage.
2. Also make sure you have your values and the values of the team in alignment and stated clearly, and also make sure that everyone understands what this means. Sometimes we each put different meaning behind words, so talk this through.
3. Now look at your goals. How many goals do you have for the next year? Are they doable at a reasonable and invigorating stretch? If it’s just you and your life, or your company is small, don’t overdo the number of goals. What we are looking for here is quality not quantity. Remember that less is more and that you can get enormous mileage from fewer goals done well. One great success fans out and expands if done well.
4. Now pick a date for next year and one or two goals that you are involved in now.
What do you want to have achieved by that date? Remember, don’t think small, and don’t only think doable. If your goal is easy to achieve, and you know you can do it, then you are thinking too small. By nature we tend to want to be right. So if we set ourselves a bigger challenge and a date to have it done by, we tend to stretch ourselves that little bit more because we want to be right.
5. If you like, plan a celebration for that date. Perhaps the date is a special date for some reason in your country or in your life, or perhaps it is significant for your company. This makes getting there all the more inspiring.
6. Next, ask yourself who you need to be to achieve that goal? What qualities do you need to evolve in you to reach that new place you have never been before? In other words, what’s it going to take? You are creating something new and it’s going to take someone new to get there. Start now to identify and evolve these qualities in you
7. Imagine now that you are three months off reaching your goal in the future. What do you need to have achieved by then to reach your goal? Note these down and then do the same stepping “back” in time to the present moment. That is, three months, one month, one week, 24 hours or whatever feels right for you.
8. Finally, especially if you are a driven achiever, remember to be kind to yourself if things are not working out the way you planned – maybe there is a bigger thing wanting to happen that you haven’t put in your plan! Go back to the big picture at the beginning and make sure you are in line with it. Give yourself a break and loosen the reigns when needed so the energy leads you.
We are not only our minds; we have so much more intelligence than our heads. Wake up to them and use them. Infuse your plan for 2013 with all the wisdom and creativity and intuition you walk around with each and every day and remember that the quality of feeling with all this has got to feel exciting, inspiring and a little bit scary and challenging.
It’s be great to hear from you if you have any more ideas to add to the mix.