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The 3-Step Annual Personal Development Planning Process

Where would we be without Google Maps these days….am I right?? We use Google Maps for everything. And it makes life so much easier. You can literally go to a country that you’ve never been, where you don’t know the language, and find your way to a restaurant you want to go….that is amazing.

However! The incredible tool is completely useless if you don’t know where you want to go. It literally has all of the information about the world….but you’ve gotta know the location you want to arrive at for it to give you directions from where you are at to where you want to be.

Whether we use it or not….we also have a Soul version of Google Maps. And a blueprint that has every single bit of information we need to build moments that feel fulfilling, joyful, exciting, and full of love. But, if we don’t take the time to pause and tune in….if we don’t take the time to figure out where we are going, we’ve just got loads of useless information.

Just as building a house with a solid foundation requires a blueprint, creating a life you’ve always wanted also requires some solid planning. You can think of an Annual Personal Development Plan as a blueprint for your life. Doing this exercise each year will not only give you a sense of clarity and focus, but it will also provide you courses of action to follow and steps to take to get the life you’ve always dreamed of.

In our featured video of the month, Dr. Joe Dispenza says,

“You can either live at the effect of a cause or you can be causing an effect!!”

 

How to tap into the Soul Blueprint:

One of the best ways to tap into our Soul Google Maps is through visioning meditations.

To do this:

+ Turn off all distractions, sit still, eyes closed and connect to your breath.  

+ Really settle into a place of stillness and and relaxation.

+ Start to vision your life one year from now.

What does it look like, how are your days spent, what goals did you accomplish?
Notice all of the senses – what do you see, hear, smell, touch, taste sense – be in the emotion and the energy of how excited and joyful you will be at all the the goals you achieved this year.  

+ Dwell in that space for as long as you like….

Then follow the steps below!

 

Step One – Energies

We all know it takes energy to do anything in life. The more positive energy we cultivate, the more charged we are to create amazing things for ourselves. Positive feelings and behaviors cultivate positive experiences and thinking. This fuels achievement beyond even our most desired outcomes. Conversely, when we are operating with depleted resources, we are much less likely to achieve our goals.  We feel drained and defeated. Our perspective shifts habitually negative and we lose sight of ourselves and our ability to master our dreams.

Therefore, it is important to know what gives you creative energy and what results in depleted energy, so that you can cultivate more positive experiences, shift your outcome and achieve your goals.

Instructions:

Spend time reflecting on what behaviors, feelings, thoughts or experiences that light you up and what drains you.  Think of these as a list that you could take constant inventory of you, perhaps even daily – to understand what energies are driving what outcomes in your life.

Reflection 1:  

Reflect on the version of yourself in peak performance, in the flow, a sense of joy, of play or at ease.  Consider these your Creative Energies. Behaviors, feelings, thoughts or experiences that lift and motivate my spirit are….

Reflection 2:  

Reflect on the moments when you falter, de-rail, or can’t self-motivate, those moments when you can’t create, or when you struggle to generate positive feelings and experiences. Consider these Depletion Energies:  Behaviors, feelings, thoughts and experiences that zap my life forces are…

List these in an Energy Chart – see below – and try to prioritize their impact on your life.

 

Creation Energy Depletion Energy
Specific Behavior & Experiences

Taking care of my body

Working out and eating healthy

Creating a daily practice

Specific Beliefs or Feelings

A sense of optimism and with a solid routine

I release endorphins and feel better after a workout

I am disciplined, active and strong in my wellness

Specific Behavior & Experiences

Drinking excessively

Overeating or not eating well

Sleeping in, and skipping a workout

Specific Beliefs or Feelings

Guilt and shame: Feeling bad about not working

out or sticking to body goals

Self-limiting or sabotaging the goals that I want

Step Two: Goals & End of Year Statements

Instructions:

  1. Use the Wheel of Life – see below – as a reference to guide your goals.
  2. Sit quietly, unplug and give yourself the space and time to reflect on the various areas of your life represented in the wheel. Then envision where you want to be at the close of 2019 and what you want to have accomplished.
  3. Write down at least 3 (or more if you’d like!) effective goals for each aspect of the wheel, where you feel called for improvement or renewal.

Writing Effective Goal Statements:

It is important that your goal statements are as clear and precise as you can be, and that you have milestones and results in mind.

Some questions to consider when thinking about effective goal statements:

Is your goal specific?
Is it measurable?
Is it achievable?
Is it relevant?
And finally, is it time bound?

Without thinking these details through, you can end up with fragmented goals. These goals lack clarity, and are incredibly difficult to manifest and achieve – just like making it for dinner with a friend, and no information but the city and the day.

Examples of a fragmented goals:

  • Work out
  • Get fit
  • Eat healthier foods
  • No drinking

Examples of complete goals:

  • Work-out: Cardio & stretching 5x a week | Strength training or Lifting: 4x a week.
  • Diet: Massively reduced sugars and whites. No wine. Greatly reduced drinking.
  • Managed portion control, oatmeal and juice breakfast, much less eating out. Massive veggies & juices. Calories <1900.
  • Supplements & Pro-biotics: Take daily regiment, add 170g Protein a day – in place by 2/19/19

 

Writing Effective End-Of-Year-Statments:

End-of-Year Statements are a powerful way to “forward” an action. Setting an intention is more powerful when it is stated as if it has already been achieved. It expresses the confidence and belief that this WILL happen.  And it helps you better define or visualize success. By attaching this positive emotion to our goals, our intentions vibrate on a much higher level and become even easier to achieve. There is also magic in the level of accountability we experience, when at the end of the year, we address not only our goals, but the stories we have told with the goals.  

How to:

Visualize your success at the end of one year and write declarative statements about your achievements.  You can create a singular unified statement, or one for every aspect of the wheel of life. See example below.

+ 2019 was the year I finally got my fitness, diet and disciplined energy back.

+ I feel amazing. Disciplined, lighter and happier.

+ I took courses and really got involved in my meditation practice.  I really feel good and at restorative peace because of that work.

+ 2019 was the year for more charity work and I am proud of the work that I have done.

+ I am so happy to have so many social experiences this year that normally would have been foreshadowed or eclipsed by a lack of confidence.

+ I don’t eat beef or pork… mostly fish and veg in 2019.

 

Step Three: Accountability

Of course a plan is just a plan, unless it is met with discipline and accountability. How you will set yourself up with support and accountability is just as important as your goals?

Beneath all of your goals, write out:

+ Who will help me stay accountable, and with what frequency?

+ Who’s on my team? Some examples would include myself, your partner, your therapist, etc.

+ How will I keep yourself accountable on a daily level?

+ What support resources will I rely on for success?

 

And there you have it! New Years plans and resolutions that won’t be a guilt ridden thing of the past come March.

If you happen to need someone to support you in the accountability department, someone to guide and bounce ideas off of, let’s explore working together! I coach people to live better, feel better, and do better in the world. Click here for all the details.

xo,

Joshua

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