3 tools to make your 2013 epic
“Today’s a great day to change a life. Begin with yours.” -Robin Sharma
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a restful and restorative holiday season!
As a start to 2013, I thought I would share some resources that I use to make my year ahead EPIC!
In this post, you’ll find My Annual Review method, a free goal setting guide I use by the amazing Scott Dinsmore to Make 2013 Matter, and a link to my interview with Matt Corker from Lululemon on How To Achieve Your Big Hairy Audacious Goals.
1. My Annual Review Method
My birthday falls during Christmas holidays, so the end of the year is usually a period I like to take to reflect on the year passed and set goals for the year ahead.
Over the course of the year, I write a journal almost on a daily basis. It is something I learned from my days as a Residence Advisor. It involves writing down What Went Well, What Didn’t Go Well, and What I learned.
What is neat about this approach is that it helps me to be grateful for and increase the number of positive experiences, while learning from experiences with negative people or situations that are not serving me. I’ve noticed that this keeps me focused on positive things, and reduce the mistakes or negative parts of my life that are in my ability to control.
So here are some of my reflections on 2012, and I hope that you’ll give this a try too:
What Went Well in 2012:
-Got a dream job at the David Suzuki Foundation, one of Canada’s leading environmental organizations. I helped coordinate and facilitate their first ever community leadership program, called Camp Suzuki.
-Started my own leadership development speaking business, spoke at over 10 events/universities/organizations, and hosted 8 Dream Circles in the community with over 250 people experiencing it.
-Did my dream trip to India and deepened my spiritual development, including seeing the Dalai Lama
-Connecting with some amazing people who are living their highest potential, and befriending them or now having them as mentors
-Starting this blog and the video show, having over 6000 views in just a few months, and fostering a community of people who are passionate about reconnecting to what matters.
What Didn’t Go Well in 2012:
-My health wasn’t well most of the year; I lost lots of weight, and let my serious health problem hold me back from living fully at times
-Analysis paralysis and lack of bold decision making
-Not always having harmony and an environment conducive to open communication to create understanding with my family
-Isolation of my health problem, and at times, resistance to accepting that I’m in Toronto. I felt invisible at times, and felt I lacked a core group of friends in the city.
What I learned from 2012:
-Anything is possible! Intentions plus action creates reality. I wholeheartedly believe this. It wasn’t easy, but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far with my speaking, blog, and the David Suzuki Foundation.
-Dream Circles have reinforced within me that supporting one another to reach our individual and collective potential is why we are all here.
-What I focus on expands – positive or negative
-To practice preventative health, I need to set health goals I am excited about and work on them. I don’t have to let myself be a victim due to my health problems, and as I did in the fall, can fearlessly go after what I want.
-Relationships take work, including with family members. We are completely different in our nature, personalities and preferences. I have to practice being less judgmental and communicate to create understanding. I must also continue to practice self-awareness to observe inner reactions that come up and limiting beliefs based on subconscious conditioning, and actively work on changing this.
-I will more readily let go of people who don’t serve me or help me grow, open up to new friendships, and in due time, establish a group of amazing friends in Toronto.
2. Make 2013 Matter Guide
One of the reasons my year in 2012 was so amazing for me is that I started the year off with a workbook by Scott Dinsmore at Live Your Legend . I’m excited to announce that I’ll be partnering with Scott in 2013, and absolutely love all the things he is doing in San Francisco to help people do work they love.
Scott Dinsmore just released the 2013 version of his Goal Setting & Action Workbook, and I just spent the past weekend working through it. You gotta check this out. It is a totally free download, and very worth spending some time with.
Here’s the link: http://liveyourlegend.net/free-2013-goal-setting-guide
3. How To Achieve Your Big Hairy Audacious Goals
Here is the link to the episode of my show, ReconnectFully Yours: http://sprc.st/ei05
Matt is author of thatsacorker.com, works on the international team at Lululemon, and elevates the world from mediocrity to greatness. In this episode, you’ll learn how to set BHAGs that are authentically yours and grounded in a vision, the 3 elements to make them a reality, and how to find the people you need to help you along the way. This is exactly what you need to set and achieve your goals in 2013!
I wish you all an inspiring, spiritual, connected, and fulfilling year ahead. I look forward to continuing to learn from and grow with you, and sincerely wish you the single best year of your life yet. Here’s to an amazing 2013!