“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
In the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People”, author Steven Covey says to “Begin with the end in mind”. What do you think he meant by that?
Covey writes, “To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you are going so you better understand where you are now so the steps you take are always in the right direction.”
It is so easy to simply get tied up in the “busy-ness of life” working harder and harder only to find out that your “ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”
When I pulled my book off the shelf, I noticed that I had read this book in January 1995. In fact, I was part of a weekly Mastermind where we went through this book, chapter by chapter that year – that’s almost two decades ago!
This book like so many other classics (including “Think and Grow Rich”) has had a profound affect on my life, my business and my finances – and this chapter specifically with Habit #2, Begin with the End In Mind.
As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, I have spent the last 25 years of my life helping people plan for their dreams like educating their kids, planning for a comfortable retirement, leaving their legacy and also creating wealth by starting and growing a profitable business.
Below is my simple three step process to jumpstart your 2013 by having a plan. The key to creating not only a successful year, but a meaningful and prosperous life is to have a written and clearly defined plan – one that keeps you focused, accountable and on track.
Slow down to speed up: Make an appointment with yourself to FOCUS. I suggest you plan a whole day where you can create a written plan for 2013. I like to “go away” somewhere where I won’t be disturbed. Where I change my environment – break up my daily pattern.
If you have a partner, plan a retreat where you go away and work on the plan for a whole day. This is what I did with my partner, Michelle. We spent one full day planning and when we emerged, we had a clear outline for our new program that we are launching in 2013. Your plan needs to be in writing and include an action plan, timeline and results.
- TIP: If you need help with this, reach out for someone who is already doing what you want to do and mirror them. Author, John Maxwell says it takes 10 years or 10,000 hours to become an expert. So borrow this expertise so you can Jump Start Your Year Now. You can do this by finding a coach, a mentor or taking a program that’s designed to do specifically this.
Show up and do the work: Once you create your plan, the next step will be implementing the plan, creating systems and delegating. This is where so many fail because they simply don’t know what to do next. They do the old “Trial and Error method” and end up getting sidetracked, spending lots of money and losing their confidence and enthusiasm.
Staying on Track: This is the last step, and in my signature system – The Six Pillars of Awakened Prosperity™ – I call this The Dance step because you are testing and retesting or dancing with the Universe. It’s where you are fine tuning, and perfecting and simplifying. It’s where the real money is made, and where most give up. This is where support, feedback and accountability will be crucial because you are just one step away from the finish line.
If you are a soul centered, purpose driven entrepreneur and you want to go to that next level or have a dream and want to launch something amazing next year, then right now is the perfect time to schedule a session and create your 2013 vision and planning.
If you’ve found yourself stuck planning for the year don’t worry…because in January my partner, Michelle and I will be holding a special no cost Teleclass …
“Women in Transition: A Guide to Living with Purpose, Passion, and Prosperity”
In addition, we will be offering ongoing weekly check ins, coaching and training through our new FOCUS Coaching ProgramTM . Details coming soon.
Now more than ever, we are being called to do our greatest work, to create more income and freedom in our lives. It’s time to bring your gifts out there into the world, create change and make a lot of income while really having fun doing what you love.
You want to be clear on your strategy – how we think about our business and our life – and how we show up in the world as leaders and people with vision. I invite you to join us to make 2013 your best year ever!