I was struggling with my goals for 2013 until I tried this…

Happy New Year!

I have to admit I was struggling with setting my business goals this year. I could set the goals, but somehow I couldn’t break them down into actionable steps.

But I’ve found a planner which is really helping me and I’ll tell you all about it in this video:

Here’s what the author, Leonie Dawson says about the workbooks and planners:

The 2013 Create Your Incredible Year workbook, planner & calendar is an incredibly popular & useful tool to help you plan out & make happen your most incredible year in life or business (or both!). Over the last four years, thousands of women have used this workbook with the most amazing results. It’s the best planning tool available to help you make your year your most exceptional yet!

Used by entrepreneurs, artists, mamas, creatives, coaches, teachers and women of all ages, the Creating Your Incredible Year workbooks are filled with dozens of pages of powerful worksheets & a printable calendar to help you create your amazing new year.

If you’d like to get a copy for yourself, click here for all the details and to buy. (I’ve updated this link so that you will click through to the 2016 planner)

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That’s it. No more New Year’s Resolutions!

New Year’s resolutions have never worked that well for me. But that didn’t stop my brain filling up with all the things I needed to better in 2013.

  • I need to create lots of new training courses
  • I should lose some weight
  • I should get fit
  • I should do  more voluntary work
  • I should get more clients

It was all getting pretty exhausting, and that was before Christmas had even begun!

So this year I’ve decided to NOT do more. Instead I’m going to simplify.

I’ve made a video that explains how I’m going to do it….

If you’d like to join me, please do leave me a comment to tell me what you’re going to stop doing this year!

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New Year goals – good idea or not?

It’s January and everyone in the personal development world is urging you to set goals.

I have to admit that every January, when I see the old chestnuts ‘SMART* goals’ and ‘New Year, New You’, my heart does sink a little.

Some years I’m not ready to make any meaningful goals on January the 1st – it’s dark, it’s cold and getting back to normality after Christmas and New Year is like getting up in the morning. I need a gentle start, and a goal setting exercise feels more like a cold shower!

And every year the new me looks just the same as the old me!

So if you’re feeling more “urgh” than “hell yes!” about setting yourself goals this January, here are some things to think about…

Plucking a number out of thin air

Are you so keen to set a goal that you’re not picking a useful goal? You don’t have to do a goal setting exercise just because it’s January. You can do it at any time.

Maybe you’re still reflecting, researching and thinking about where to go next. Unless you work through this process fully, you could find yourself setting goals that take you in the wrong direction or goals that you drop soon after you’ve set them.

Big fat waste of time.

Not listening to your market

So you’re going to double your sales in 2012? Do your customers get a say in that? Do they want to buy twice as much of your stuff?

Setting a goal that involves delivering what you think your customers need is going to be much harder work than delivering what they actually want.

It makes sense to ask what your clients want from you before you decide how you’re going to ramp up your sales.

No accountability

Even if your goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely, it will still stay a paper exercise if you don’t have any accountability.

Let’s say you want to double your income by December 2012. What should your income be by the end of June? How will you make sure that happens? What’s your plan and how will you stick to it?

Too complex

I’m a master at over-complicating things – maybe you are too? If you look at your goals for 2012 and wonder how on earth you’ll keep on top of what you should be doing, it’s time to simplify.

Can you be really ruthless about what you want to achieve this year? Really focus in on what’s important and drop those nice-to-have projects that chip away at your time and attention.

Be more flexible

You can change your goals at any time. Think of them as a compass that keep you going in the right direction, rather than a rigid path that you absolutely have to take.

Time to lighten up and stop putting yourself under so much pressure? After all, there’s no point in setting a goal that creates so much stress it outweighs the benefits of setting the goal in the first place!

No goals at all?

And if you can’t face setting goals at all, take a look at this post from Zen Habits…100 days with no goals

Happy New Year!


* ‘SMART’ stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely

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