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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 soooo 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. Conversely, when we are operating with depleted resources, we are much less likely to achieve our goals.

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, which is really the “fuel” for achieving your goals.

Instructions:

Spend time reflecting on what lights you up and what drains you.

Reflection 1:  

Reflect on the version of yourself in peak performance, a sense of joy, of play or at ease. Consider these Creative Energies: The experiences, the beliefs and the feelings . . .

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: The experiences, the beliefs and the feelings . . .

List these moments in an Energy Chart – click here to download our example – and try to prioritize their impact on your life.

 

Step Two: Goals & End of Year Statements

Use the Wheel of Life – click here to download – as a guide for this section of your reflection.

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.

Write down at least 3 (or more if you’d like!) effective goals for each aspect of the wheel.

 

Writing Effective Goal Statements:

Just like knowing what restaurant you’re going to, and what time you need to arrive is much more helpful than simply knowing the city it’s in, and the day the date will be, it is important that you are as clear and precise as you can be with goal statements, and that you have an end date 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. By attaching this positive emotion to our goals, our intentions vibrate on a much higher level and become even easier to achieve.

How to:

Visualize your success at the end of the coming year. Write declarative statements about your achievements in the coming months. See examples 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

Now it’s time to list all of the ways you will hold yourself accountable to this holistic plan you’ve invested yourself in creating.

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

Taking End of the Year Personal Inventory & Why it Matters

 

Feeling the excitement and possibility as to what may lie ahead in the coming year? Heart buzzing with exciting resolutions and intentions? And are they swirling about all your conversations with friends, loved ones, co-workers and your therapist/coach? 

Of course you are! The New Year has a special way of tapping us into that place within that holds all of our unmanifest hopes and dreams – just beckoning to be painted on the blank canvas of the coming days and weeks and months.

An often overlooked pre-requisite for gaining insights into how to move forward in a way that feels better than ever, and set clear intentions to make that happen, is to do a personal end of year inventory.  Ask yourself:

What have we accumulated over the year?
Life experiences.
Goals achieved.
Possible failures, setbacks or disappointments.
For some, illness or loss.

Why do this?

In order to set intentions and goals that truly serve you stepping into life in a way that feels suuupppeerrr good, it is necessary to go within and listen to your intuition, your higher self, your divine presence – to hear the truth, YOUR truth – of who you are and why you are – how you can have impact, find meaning and joy in your daily life.  

These are the truths we often avoid – but are always there if we choose to sit in stillness – and venture within to truly listen.

Every single experience you’ve had in your life has given you information. This information has shaped your perspective in any given moment, which in turn shapes the story you create and experience for yourself.

Think about every single moment you’ve had, and all that info floating around in your consciousness and your subconsciousness ….that is A LOT of space being taken up in your heart and mind! 

And just like with any baggage – it can weigh us down and slow us down. It can be distracting and cumbersome.  And if it’s too heavy to carry – we can no longer move forward – we become immobile under its weight. It’s as if there isn’t enough momentum in the whole Universe to propel us forward to accomplish our goals with all that hanging on us – which, in turn, leads us to a massive stall on the fulfillment of dreams front. Aka….depression.

 

This is where the Inventory comes in:

Taking personal inventory provides you the opportunity to reflect on the positive as well as the shadow aspects of the year. And when we honor the shadows and listen to the messages they were here to teach – the light is restored and the shadows cannot exist in the light.

By illuminating the shadows – your fears, resentments, your envy, procrastination – any old assumptions or limiting beliefs that might be lurking that creates more of that energy which reinforces or attracts more of what we don’t want. It’s an experience that speaks for itself, so let’s dive in!

 

Here’s how it works:

+ Allow yourself 30 min to an hour.   

+ You will need a journal or pen and paper.  

+ Turn off all devices and really gift yourself this time of presence and reflection.  

+ Light a few candles, take some deep breathes and settle into the stillness with eyes closed.  

+ Let go of any distractions of the day and relax any areas holding tension in your body. Take a few more deep breathes and really settle into the quiet, the stillness – the present moment.

Ask yourself:

 + What am I angry about?

+ What am I resentful or irritated at – people, places, intuitions, or yourself perhaps?

+ What am I worried about?

+ Where am I holding tension or pain in my body? Any other ailments or conditions I want to release?

+ What are my fears?

+ What am I sad about?

Take your time and write your answers to these questions. The information these questions pull out of you are the things taking up mental and emotional space – and could be even manifesting physically.

 

After you’ve answered the questions above…

+ What is holding onto these things costing you???

+ What would it feel like to release these things?

+ Are you willing to release these shadow aspects to create space for newness to flow in??

 

Next, ask yourself:

+ What are my biggest lessons of this past year?

+ Where have I grown?

+ What could I have done differently this year to get better results?

+ What did I do well?

+ What are area for more improvement?

+ What are the highlights or bright spots of this year?

+ What did I accomplish?

Finally:

Make a list of all the things you are grateful for from 2018.   

Not just external but internal. Look for the smaller quieter moments too.  Free flow here for as long as your soul moves you……

And now….you are all set to fully dive into co-creating the coming year, rather than living out of habit.

 

xo,

Josh

Winter Solstice 2017 – Reflection and Intention

Recently while hiking through the woods near my home in Connecticut I was reflecting on this year and thinking about what I was intending for 2018. I do this every year and it serves me well!

I want to encourage you to use these remaining days of 2017 to get clear on what you want, to write them out and be very specific.  Ask yourself how do you want to feel in this New Year?  What do you want to accomplish?  How do you want to show up for yourself, your loved ones and your community?

And….the Winters Solstice is tomorrow, Thursday, December 21, 2017.  It marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night.  In many cultures it is noted as a time to celebrate the gradual return of the light. It asks us to think about what area of your life or behavior or situation has kept you in the dark?

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s here! Another holiday season is upon us.  The decorations are popping up and the biggest holiday shopping day of the year is just over a week away.  And while it is supposed to be a joyous time full of warm fuzzies and making memories, it can be quite stressful and overwhelming to gift shop – even to the most seasoned of shoppers. So relax and take a deep breath we’ve got some fun ideas in our gift guide your loved ones will adore.

To borrow a line from a famous tune – These are a few of our favorite things:

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