If you read last week’s blog, what I’m about to say is going to make more sense (and if you haven’t, go back and read it, cuz I’d love for this to make sense for you).
So you’ve read last week’s blog, you’ve gone within yourself to reflect, done all that work, and come up with this big list. These things you want to tackle and accomplish in 2016. These are things that you are excited about (and if something doesn’t leave you feeling that way, take it off the list right now! No “shoulds” allowed here. This is for you and your real heart). These items on your list need to be meaningful for you, give you a sense of passion and purpose, and fit into that sweet spot. And so if they do that, and the list is big (which is what I hope for you), you are going to be left with the question: Now what?
Well I’ve got an answer to that question for you … cuz here’s the thing – just coming up with a big old list of what you wish was different doesn’t make it different. If you’re anything like me, your list is really big, and could even get overwhelming, if you think about trying to get it ALL done. So what’s a person to do?
Remember: you can’t do it all … so this week’s present for you in my little bag of goodies is a tool to help you narrow it down, in the form of this worksheet. Really it’s 3 easy steps, but most of us never take the time to complete all 3, which can lead to overwhelm, being torn, and burnout. So if you want to open this sheet and follow along, kind of like we’re singing a Christmas carol together, here we go!
The first step is to take that looking forward side of last week’s Year In Review worksheet and really think about it. In this week’s worksheet there’s actually a space to write down your thoughts about that, so print it out and go do that now.
The second step (kind of like a second verse), is about how to narrow down the list. What we’ve got here are 10 questions, any one of which (or however many you want), could be used as the filter to do that important task. From there you’ve probably got a clearer sense of what’s really most important. And if you haven’t, use another one of those questions to help you narrow it down again until you’ve finally got a manageable list.
The third step is to choose a couple of key items to tackle over the first 6 months, and a couple key things you want to pursue over the course of the whole year. And now you’ve made your choice – this will let you be more focused, and that is what makes room for miracles to happen. Ho ho ho!
Ok, over to you:
What’s one thing you want to make a priority in 2016?