Already we're 10 days into 2023 and I have to wonder, how many have already given up on their New Year's resolutions?
Personally, I prefer to stay away from resolutions and rather focus on my life vision and the things I need to do to make it a reality.
New Year's resolutions might feel like a good starting point and the excitement of wanting to create a new habit or reach a new goal is great, but if there's no foundation under that resolution then it likely won't stick.
So what can you do to make sure you stay accountable to yourself and your life vision?
1) Start with a Vision
Ideally, you'll want to have defined your life vision, which is something we do in the Lifebook Premium Program. But, for now, if you don't have a life vision, think about what you want your life to be like in the next 3 to 5 years.
What experiences do you want to have?
What kind of person do you want to be?
What activities do you see yourself taking part in?
Who do you want to be surrounded by?
Take out your journal and write out your "future story" and start from there.
2) Choose inspiring goals
Your life vision is your compass and once you know what that is and the direction you're headed, it's time to set some goals for yourself.
In the Lifebook process, once your Lifebook has been written, you take a leap into the Lifebook Mastery world. This is where you define your "Foundational Goals" which are those top-level goals that will most help you to achieve your ideal life vision.
When you define these goals that are born of your life vision, you'll want to make sure they inspire you to move forward and achieve them.
Having inspiring goals will support you in doing the things you need to do to make your life vision your reality.
Side note - Your Lifebook is never truly "complete" as a Lifebook is forever evolving as you grow and learn.
3) Choose inspiring actions
Once your goals are defined, you want to make sure that the actions that support that goal are also inspiring, making it easier for you to actually take action.
Let me give you an example.
One of my foundational goals is to "Get fit + eat healthy". This is a very broad goal but gets broken down into supporting, action-oriented goals.
One of these supporting goals is "Complete Mt Kilimanjaro Conqueror Virtual Challenge" which is inspiring me to get out every day for a walk. It may not seem like a lot, but in the short time I've been doing this (not even a week!), I've been able to stick to my habit of a daily walk effortlessly!
As much as I love being outside, it's easy for me to get wrapped up in the busy-ness of the day. But having this goal helps me be intentional about taking a break from my day and taking a walk.
If you haven't heard of the Conqueror Virtual Challenges, I highly recommend checking them out. Such a fun way to reach your fitness goals!
4) Define mindful daily habits
Your daily habits (or sacred choices as we call them in the Lifebook world), are those small, intentional things you do everyday that will help you achieve your goals.
For instance, "daily walk" is one of my sacred choices and is directly related to my virtual challenge goal, which is ultimately related to my foundational goal of "get fit + eat healthy".
5) Be mindful of when you choose to take action
Finding the optimal time of day to take action on your goals will help you reach them more quickly and easily.
Deciding that I will go for my walk after my son has gone to bed is not ideal, as I'm usually getting ready to wind down by then. But making it a point to go during my lunch break makes a lot more sense and is much easier to achieve.
So think about the best time of day to take action on each of your habits and action steps related to your goals. And then, schedule them in until they become second nature for you.
6) Get some form of accountability
Having someone or a community of people that you can check in with regularly is a great motivator to do the things you said you were going to do.
There are many ways you can find accountability outside of yourself:
- A family member or friend you connect with on a weekly or daily basis.
- An accountability group with other like-minded people who are aiming to achieve similar goals.
- An online community, such as a Facebook group or the Lifebook Community.
- A coach who supports you and helps you stay on track.
Ready for more?
Staying on track and keeping yourself accountable in achieving your goals isn't always easy, but it is worth it.
And knowing the direction you're headed and the actions you need to take to get there is a great first step to living your best life.
If you're ready to define that vision and what you want in all areas of your life, consider joining me in the next round of Lifebook Premium. Together, we'll take a deep dive into 12 areas of your life as you write the most important book you will ever own - your Lifebook!
You can get all the details (and book your 30-minute Discover Call) here!
What main goal are you working on right now? How can I help you stay accountable to yourself? Leave a comment and let me know!
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