This week I’ve been asking myself “What will I do differently in the coming year?”

While I’m driven to achieve my professional goals, usually with the support of a coach, sometimes my personal goals are left sitting on the shelf collecting dust, waiting for the day when I have more time to concentrate on them.  Sound familiar?

After starting to use the workbook “Living Your Best Year Ever,” which was created by Success magazine publisher, Darren Hardy, I’ve decided to take a new approach:

  1. Focusing on the top 3 goals:  Instead of tackling a super-human list of goals, I’ll be following Hardy’s advice to concentrate on the top 3 “banner goals.” So, how do I know which goals to choose for my top 3?  By reflecting on the accomplishments that I’m most proud of from this past year, it’s clear which types of goals truly matter the most to me.  Not what “should” matter, but which ones naturally generate the excitement and energy that will propel me forward.
  2. Adopting new daily habits:  Hardy writes, “Consistency is one of the most important principles of success.”  To create the “rhythm” necessary to sustain momentum, I’ll gradually add new habits to my daily routine that support my top goals.
  3. Creating accountability: A friend mentioned the great success she’d had this past year by having an “accountability partner,” an approach Hardy recommends, and I loved this idea! So, we’ve agreed to have a 30-minute phone call at the end of each week to “report out” on our wins and losses, share our “ah-ha” moments and discuss next steps.  While I could go it alone, I know that having these weekly calls will be the catalyst I need to stay on track!

As you think about your own priorities for 2016, what’s most important to you?

What small improvements can you make to keep yourself on track?

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”  ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce