Get it Right This Year!


Get it Right This Year!

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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.

  1.  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.
  1.  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.
  1. 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!

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  1. Erik, love the process of the outlook for 2015 and getting it right! I struggle daily with what I am doing and what else I planned to do and then it seems like I get nothing done. I am going to follow your steps in taking a few days and clarifying my wants, desires and needs. Finding and teaching myself to abide the guidelines you used as an example to help me “get it right”. My God is always first in my life followed by my family. But I do not think my family realizes how important my godly life is. Thanks for the article.

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    1. Awesome, Robyn! You might want to check out Nozbe for your task management system. Also, if you really want to get serious at goal setting, check out Michael Hyatt’s, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. I highly recommend it. Have an awesome year!

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  2. man, you are really focused – I am in awe of your accomplishments

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  3. Eric,

    Thank you for giving me the boost I was needing to Get it Right This Year!
    Tell your parents “hello” from me please.

    Happy New Year Year to you and your family.

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