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Creating Resolutions that Stick (It's Not Too Late!)

Last year I purchased a planner called "The Law of Attraction Planner" and it transformed the way I set and achieved my goals for the year. I went from looking back on my new years resolutions and laughing to executing on 90% of my goals. See my adapted 7 step process for setting goals that you'll actually stick with.

I'm not going to do a lot of explaining here because once you've ready the steps below, I think it's self-explanatory why this process works so well. When you're ready to get down to business, download and print a ready to go template here that will guide you step by step through the process.

1.Year End Review

In each area of your life, take a look at how you did and get really honest with yourself. Look at your successes and the specific actions that contributed to them and ALSO take a good look at those failures and the specific actions or attitudes that contributed to that failure. Use what you come up with the generate a plan for the year ahead. Use the areas of life illustrated below as a guide.

2.Probing Questions

As yourself the following probing questions to create a vision that is yours and yours alone. Very often we get caught up in what is supposed to be instead of what we really desire and we create goals and visions that don't excite us. When we figure out what we really want without judgement, the goals we set will in and of themselves motivate us to execute.

1.What would I want to experience in this lifetime if time and money were no issue?

2.What kind of growth do I want to experience?

3.What do I want to Contribute to the World?

4.Why am I here?

5.How do I want to be remembered when I’m gone?

6.If I achieved all of my life goals, how would I feel? How can I feel that way while I’m on my journey?

7.What do I value most in my life?

8.What brings me the most peace and joy in my life?

9.What does success look like for me?

10.What do others most admire about me?

11.What are my top 10 achievements in life?

3.Life and Vision Statements

Create a life and vision statement. The reason why it's important to have these written down is because they can serve as a quick reference to get you grounded again if you get off track.

Life Statement = What you want your life to look like now

Vision Statement = What you hope to create in the future

4. 50 Outrageous Goals

The reason this step is so transformative is that it forces us out of any pre-programmed goals. Once we get to number 20 or so, we've gotten all of those "supposed to's" out of our system and we can get into the fun stuff. Once we get to the fun stuff we can identify what really excites us and even unearth some brand new concepts we never considered for ourselves.

5.Choose Your Top 5

From the 50 goals you create, select the 5 that align with your current life vision and then write down the following for each one.

6.Write Your Life Story

Sometimes the story we tell ourselves about ourselves can keep us from believing that we deserve what we set out to achieve. Write a story that aligns with what you really want for yourself and if you can, commit to reading it daily. The most powerful way to implement this is to rewrite your past...especially the painful events that draw out feelings of shame or the inability to execute.

7.Put it In Your Planner

This is an extremely important final step if you want to execute on your goals. If you don't already have a planner, please purchase one. I don't know any successful person who doesn't plan out their days, weeks and months ahead of time. Once you've written your top 5 goals and 5 steps to complete each one, you should have a total of 30 things to do for the year. Use those to choose 1 main goal for each month and at least 1 sub-goal for each month. WRITE THEM DOWN AS SOON AS YOU GET YOUR PLANNER. This helps because you don't have to try and remember what you should be focusing on for each month. When you open that month, you'll immediately see what the organized version of you has for you to do. And with just one main goal and one sub goal you will leave room for inspired or spontaneous action as well.

Below are my top recommendations for planners that help you create your dream life on day at a time. Click on the images to purchase.

1. The Law of attraction Planner

This planner is amazing and even includes a built in vision board for you to reference throughout the year. As I mentioned, this planner completely transformed the way I set goals and has set the tone for my goal setting moving forward. Be prepared to spend several hours to several days filling in the pre-planning pages before getting into

the actual calendar.

2. The Panda Planner

The Panda Planner is a very popular and straightforward planner. My favorite thing about this planner is the daily gratitude section that allows me to journal about what I'm grateful for as well as what I'm excited about for the day. It's a great way to start off with the right attitude going into the day.

3. The Day Designer

I honestly love this one because it's functional yet beautiful for those of us who are inspired by pretty things. Check out reviews for all three planners on youtube.

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