Get it Right This Year!
I love this time of year. There is a sense of newness to life as I prepare for the New Year. I’m lucky that my parents are willing to watch my kids for a few days, so I can spend some quiet time with my wife, Alia, to rest and recharge, but also to reflect on the past year and begin to plan for the new year.
This year, I spent five days going through a goal setting process that allowed me to spend time reflecting, meditating, praying, and evaluating my life. I allowed myself to mourn over my mistakes, celebrate my accomplishments, and make peace with my past. I then allowed myself to dream and think of the possibilities of my future. It was exciting!
I approach each year as an opportunity to improve and become closer to what God intended for me when He blessed me with life, and this year, I am determined to get it right. But, how do I get it right? I followed three basic steps this year that I believe sets me up to have a fantastic year.
- Clarify – I’ve become very clear in what I truly want in the major areas of my life to include: spiritual, family, finances, health, and career. I defined what success truly meant in each area. By doing this, it gave me the permission to begin to say “no” to things that will hinder my progress. By clarifying the areas of my life I’ve refined my life, made it clean and removed all clouds of doubt and confusion so I can pursue my future through a clearer lens.
- Simplify – When I say “yes” to one thing, then I must say “no” to another. I’m getting better at saying no, because I’m determined to simplify my life. It becomes easy to simplify once there is clarity in my life. I know who I am and what I strive to be, now I must say “no” to everything that distracts me from my ultimate goals. Success does not have to be complicated, nor does life, if I stay on course and cut out the fat in my life. By the way, I say “no” to just as many good opportunities as I do the bad ones. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it’s necessary if I am going to have a fantastic year based on my purpose and calling.
- Focus – Once I’m clear on what I plan to accomplish and I’ve laid out my plan, then now it’s time get focused on my execution. I do this by focusing on “what’s next”, and I am obsessive about it. I continually ask myself, what is next? What is the very next thing I can do in each of my goals to move things forward? I don’t create a huge task list for each goal, I only note the next task and go about completing that task. Once I complete the task, then I figure out the next action and complete that. I continue with this process until each goal is completed.
Life is complicated only if I allow it to be, and I just refuse to allow it. By clarifying, simplifying, and focusing on what it is I must do to get it right this year works for me, but it can also do the same for you. Try going through the process yourself and you too can GET IT RIGHT THIS YEAR, Happy New Year!