5 Ways to Make the Most of 2016

If your inbox is like mine, it’s inundated with offers, programs, planning templates and numerous other resources to help you plan for the new year…ways to set goals and make the most of the next 12 months. I’m okay with it though because this is a great time to reflect on the past year, and to dream about what next year might look like.

 

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“Where do you see yourself in 12 months?”

As you consider your work, your family or your life in general, Where do you see yourself in 12 months?

Here are 5 things you can do to make the most of 2016

Start Something

Perhaps there is something you’ve wanted to do for some time now; maybe you thought it was going to happen this year but it didn’t.

If you could start something what would it be?

  • A new hobby
  • A new family tradition
  • A new morning routine
  • A new evening routine
  • A new exercise plan
  • A new eating plan
  • A new business

Quit Something

Bob Goff has made famous his practice of quitting something on Thursdays. Every Thursday he quits something. No one wants to be labelled a quitter but the idea implies that life is always moving, always changing. Life isn’t static.

I’m not suggesting that you quit your family or just walk away from your job but quitting something may give you the space and time you need to doing something new. Give yourself room to grow. Life can weigh us down and even hold us back. Quitting things moves us forward and allows us to explore new opportunities, to try things you wouldn’t have time for otherwise and to fill your life with things that are fresh and different.

Risk Something

When we talk of risk, we often associate it with change or trying something new. “What if I try and fail?” But what if there is risk in not trying? If nothing changed in your life over the next 12 months, would that be okay?

The real risk:

Status quo

Not growing

Not living up to your potential

I’m not suggesting you hit the casino and bet your home at the blackjack table. But sometimes what we see as risk, is an opportunity.

If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you try?

“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” – Bob Goff

 

Plan Something

It’s been said that, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit every time.” What would you like to accomplish in 2016? Once you’ve identified something, make it a goal. “I want to be healthy” is not a goal. “I will lose 10 lbs by March 30”  is.

A goal is…

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action oriented
  • Realistic
  • Time Sensitive

Decide now the goals you want to achieve next year.

Pursue Something
Once you’ve determined what you want to shoot for, it’s time to put an action plan together. Break down your goal into clear steps you can take.
The outcomes you want will be determined by your daily habits. Using our example above, if you want to lose 10 lbs by Mar 30, what will you need to do on a regular basis? How will you exercise and how often? What will you eat/not eat? Who will you exercise with?

It’s time to stop being passive. Go after it!

What will you be saying about your life 12 months from now. Don’t wait for life to happen to you. Decide now what you want it to look like. I believe 2016 can be your best year yet.

Q. What are you going to start, quit, risk, plan and pursue in 2016?  

 

 

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