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Can 2019 be our best year yet?

Annika is looking over her shoulder at the camera. She has her hands placed on a black fence, which overlooks a river.

I want all of us to walk into 2019 feeling confident, focused and prepared.

I want us to be clear in who we want to be and what we want to achieve, and the work begins now.

Your mind needs to be on your side.

I don’t mind telling you that I’m an intelligent woman with a flair for creativity, but the minute my head feels cloudy and anxiety creeps in, everything comes to a standstill.

We aren’t our diagnosis, scars or worries. We aren’t our negative thoughts, past experiences or self-doubts. Who we are lives under all of that, and it’s time to bring that person out.

Feeling overwhelmed is part of the process.

Sometimes I think about all the things I’d like to achieve and I get worried.
Anxiety swoops in and I can feel myself begin to freak out on the inside. 

It’s not because I don’t believe in myself. Or is it?
I think the enormity of our goals can really intimidate us and we begin to question if we’re really equipped to strive for them. Some people say that it’s the idea of what you can achieve, the idea that it is actually achievable, that really scares us. Sort of like your potential is there and you can see that you can reach it, and get scared of what that will mean.

So, what does it all mean?
It means you’ve got what it takes to try. People who fail aren’t losers, it’s people who never try who are really missing out. So many of us have ideas about who we are or what we want to be, but all of that is simply a concept until we start taking action.

Trust in who you might become if you just try.

Let’s get planning.

Write down four things you’d like to achieve next year.
They don’t have to be huge things like write six books or adopt ten children. They just have to be big enough to aim for and important enough for them to matter to you.

Write a list of all the steps you need to take to achieve each goal.
For example, I’d like to get back to holding events again. So my small steps would include brainstorming ideas, picking a date, looking at venues, planning the content, designing the flyer etc.

Then, write the order in which you would like to achieve these goals.

Now, write the following headings down on paper/word document – 

  • January to March
  • April to June
  • July to September
  • October to December

These are the four quarters of next year. 
Under the first heading, put your first priority. That will be your focus for that quarter. Under the second heading, put your second priority. That will be your focus for that quarter. And so on.

Next, refer to the steps to achieve each goal that you wrote down yesterday. Place them under each relevant heading.

Congratulations! You now have a planned focus for each quarter of 2019!

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