“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”
John F Kennedy
Hello lovely Motivation Seekers, how has your week been? Hope it’s been a good one and that you are still feeling re-energised and refreshed after the Christmas Break. Sometimes, when we get back to work all the good intentions fly out the window. That’s why I do what I do…..to help you get and stay motivated.
Did you manage to find your WHY, your big purpose after last week’s post? I hope the exercise I shared with you helped you with that.
This week, the most natural thing to follow on from knowing your why, is about finding direction. I loved this quote from J F Kennedy. This is where we frequently go wrong in business especially, as there is always so much to do, there are so many responsibilities and you often just can’t see the wood for the trees.
Step Back and find the Big Picture
Having a mentor or coach work with you on this can make a huge difference. It’s one of those things that is quite hard to do on your own. I have been running quite a few Strategic Planning sessions lately with my clients (it’s that time of year) and it is so rewarding to see them get clear on a way forward. They find a vision that will keep them anchored throughout the year. With my help, they can then find some strategies to achieve the vision and even better, they are able to sort out their priorities. I have mentioned before that none of us ever has enough time to do absolutely everything. The key to time management is to prioritise, to work on the things that matter.
Get an action plan for the year ahead
The great thing to come out of these sessions is that you get a clear plan to take you through the year, so you know exactly what to focus on and when to do it. I find that’s something that everyone struggles with. I still do myself! I need mentoring too, so that I can get focused and prioritise my time. It’s just much harder to do this stuff by yourself, so why try it?
First, get clear on your vision
I have shared with you before some exercises to help with this, for example the creative writing exercise. That’s one where you meditate first for 10 minutes or so, to get into your heart rather than your head, then you write in the present tense what you have achieved in a particular time frame. It might be 1 year, it might be more. You describe it all in detail, engaging all your senses. This helps create a clear vision of what is important and meaningful to you. I do have a worksheet that helps with this too, just click on the link: business_coaching_-_business_visioning_exercises
Have a brilliant week getting started on your vision and direction. Please contact me click here if you want to know more about having a Strategic Planning Session with me.