We have officially made it to 2020!
I am looking forward to what this year has in store for me and my family. No matter how many plans we have there is still an air of the ‘unknown’ which can be both frightening and a little exciting at times. It really does depend on your perspective. I have learnt we are not in control of our life half as much as we would like to think we are. Does this mean we should throw out our plans and sit back for life to ‘happen’ to us? I say no. I say we go ahead and put plans in place knowing some will pan out, some will go on hold and some will be scrapped due to our personal choices.
I make it a habit to write down my plans and rarely have more than five. I believe if your list is too long, you can easily lose focus or overstretch yourself and fail to reach any of your goals. At the end of each year, I discuss my plans with my husband and he shares his plans with me – several interlink and the remaining are personal. Sharing your plans make you accountable; it could be with your spouse, partner, family member, friend or a mentor. Three to six months into the year you could provide an update on how your plans are going, considering:
What were the challenges?
How did you overcome them?
Did you change direction?
How did you manage the disappointments?
What lessons did you learn?
I am unsure what changes you would like to see in 2020 but they are less likely to occur if you fail to note them down or type them in your phone/laptop. Regularly reading your goals serves as a reminder but also makes your mind more efficient by helping you to focus on the important aspects.
So in 2020, do not allow your goals to remain as ‘loose words’, ‘hopes’ and ‘dreams’. Do what you can now to reach your goals, however small the steps may be. If you cannot get a place on your desired course this year, buy a book to read/study in the meantime in preparation rather than simply waiting to apply in 2021. If you wish to be more organised, choose to write ‘to do’ lists listing your key priorities. Be flexible and willing to take a change of direction if needed. Most of all remember to enjoy the process!