I love planning.
It could be a Virgo thing, since the smell of flip chart paper and new pens is almost as sweet as fresh leaves on a fall day.
With November at our feet, it is a great time to start to plant some seeds for your 2013 career and business plans.
I recorded a video to help you do this exercise.
If you cannot bear to watch me enjoy American Idol winner David Cook, skip ahead to 0:52. I won’t be offended.
To do this exercise, I suggest getting nice and comfortable, and grabbing a paper and pen. Answer these questions:
- I am at my very best when …
What conditions bring out your very best work? What kind of work are you doing when you are kicking major bootie? What people bring out your best work? Without overthinking it too much, brainstorm the factors that bring out your best work.
From this list, circle one thing that you will AMPLIFY in 2013.
- These things drove me crazy in 2012 …
Have you been spinning around with the same annoying patterns in your head? Do you have any people in your life that make you nuts? Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?
Brainstorm the things that have really made you batty this year.
From this list, circle one thing that you will ELIMINATE in 2013*
*If this thing is a person, I am not suggesting homicide. Maybe something less dramatic like unfriending on Facebook.
- I really want to make/do this in 2013 …
Is there an experience you are dying to have next year? Do you want to run your first marathon, write your first book, have your first baby or make your first product? Brainstorm the things or experiences that you would love to accomplish next year.
From this list, circle one thing that you will CREATE in 2013*
*If “making a baby” is on your list, the homework is really fun.
- Even during tough times this year, I appreciated …
Even the most optimistic life coaches have really crappy days. Life can be hard sometimes. If you had a whopper of a year, what are some things that you appreciated as the proverbial doo doo was hitting the fan? Brainstorm the big and small things that kept you grounded in 2012.
From this list, circle one thing that you want to APPRECIATE in 2013*
*Since one of the things I have appreciated in 2012 is a plant, I am going to make sure to send waves of gratitude. I think plants have feelings, but you be the judge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_perception_%28paranormal%29
With these four key elements you want to bring forward into 2013, now you can start to work on the nuts and bolts of planning your career or business. Stay tuned for more video updates on the topic, although I can’t promise a musical intro to each one. Unless you request them, at which time I will be happy to comply.
Feel free to share your four answers below!