How to Do Your Greatest Work Yet in 2019

Going Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

setting aspirational aspirations imageWriting New Year’s resolutions is a habit for many of us. Yet according to a recent article in Forbes magazine, only 25% of people stick with their resolutions for 30 days. Perhaps more importantly, only 8% accomplish their resolutions. Are you in the 92%? If so, don’t be too quick to judge yourself.

Over the years, I have held an alternative view about New Year’s resolutions. Instead of resolutions, set your intention. Dig deep to define (or revisit) your values and create meaningful goals you can achieve.

Why? Often, resolutions are based what we think we should do. Have you ever noticed that many resolutions focus on fixing a perceived flaw or breaking a bad habit? Lose weight. Quit smoking. Spend less. You get the idea.

What are Your Aspirations?

What if your 2019 aspirations were more, well, aspirational? In order to focus on achieving the next level in your career or business, take a step back. Reflect. What were your biggest wins in 2018? Write them down. What worked? What didn’t work? What lessons can you learn and apply this year?

Dust off your values and revisit your mission statement. What holds true today? What can you build upon?

 

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. 
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. 
And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” 
~ Neil Gaiman, author

 

Now take the next step. Reach for something new. Get outside of your comfort zone. I think author Neil Gaiman said it best with these words, “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

If you want that raise or promotion, getting clear on your quantifiable contribution is essential. If you want more great clients, get clear on your ideal client profile. Define and articulate your unique value to those clients. Set measurable goals based on your deeply held values, greatest strengths, biggest wins (so far), and dearest aspirations.

Invest Now in the Year Ahead

Take time now, while the year is still fresh to follow the steps in this approach.

 

  • Reflect on the last year
  • Refine your values
  • Record your wins
  • Review lessons learned
  • Recalibrate goals
  • Reach for the next level

 

Balance Heart-felt Values with Pragmatic Goals

Setting goals based in equal measure on heart-centered values and pragmatic outcomes gives you a distinct advantage. When the inevitable obstacles and setbacks arise, you will have a built-in resource to help you sustain your efforts and stay the course. The more profoundly values-based and meaningful your goals, the more you will be able to find the resilience required to finish what you started.

Consider this approach the rocket fuel for doing your greatest work yet.