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2019: An Extraordinary Year Ahead

2019: A Better Me

A grandiose plan?

So here we are. January 15th, already halfway through the first month of 2019 and the first blog of the year.

As I sat, pen in hand, mapping out my blog content for the next few weeks, the subject of planning inevitably featured heavily.  Strategic planning, goal planning, every conceivable type of plan actually.  And as I was doing some research, a snippet of Oliver Burkeman’s column in The Guardian popped up on my RSS feed last week.

Not strictly about planning, but about resolutions. I read on.  He was pleased that his column appeared a few days after new year, because “It means that, with a bit of luck, any readers unwise enough to have attempted some kind of grandiose ‘fresh start’ for the year ahead … will already have fallen off the wagon.”

And I wondered, how many of us begin the year with a ‘grandiose’ plan?  Not really thinking clearly about how or when you will achieve it. Just writing something down that sounds okay(ish) and ticks the box on your to list item ‘set new year goals’.

What you get or what you become?

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Focus on the wildly important

As a long-time associate with FranklinCovey, planning is in my DNA. The method of defining my WIGs – or Wildly Important Goals – and the requisite lag and lead measures is something that comes naturally (even if I do veer off piste; see Squirrels At A Rave and The Right Kind of Chaos) but as my husband set off back to work with his trusted FC planner in hand (he’s the best example I’ve ever seen of how to plan to best effect, by the way) and I got back into the swing of my own work-life, I wondered what would happen if I didn’t plan.

What if I didn’t consider my WIGs?

What if I just waited until something exciting grabbed my attention, filling me with the energy and excitement I usually go about my work with?

Do it with passion or not at all.  – Rosa Nochette Carey

And then Chris McChesney’s (author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution) voice quietly whispered in my head “Jane, remember there will always be more good ideas than there is capacity to execute.”  And there you have it.  The reason you need to narrow your focus.

So whether your 2019 is about ‘doing’ or ‘being’, identify your potential goals, get really clear on the measures and outcomes and then work diligently towards those one or two Wildly Important Goals with all the passion and energy you have and the rest will take care of itself, without the uncomfortable wagon-falling-off moments.

Now narrow the focus

If you must retain a New Year resolution, resolve not to beat yourself up for failing to do more.  – Oliver Burkeman

I’m not going to beat myself up.  I’m not going to be unnecessarily hard on myself for not doing everything perfectly, or even at all in some cases.  This year will be different not just because I will be doing different things, because I feeldifferent. I know, of course, some plans will be abandoned and mistakes will happen, after all, it’s an inevitable part of learning and growth.

So, my one and only resolution, nay plan, for 2019 is to narrow the focus and be a ‘better me’.

Here’s to an extraordinary year ahead!

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Author: Jane Rennie

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