Hey guys and dolls,
OK, so we’re nearly three months into 2017 but without sounding cheesy, I can’t stress that it’s never too late to plan out your year and make the most of it. I have to admit that this year is the first year that I’ve purposely written my goals and plan for the year in a dedicated book. Even though I have previously created a vision board on an A3 piece of paper. Having said this, it takes more than writing down you goals to turn them into reality, so how can you help to make 2017 a twenty-heaven-teen year for you?
The beginning of each year for everyone or at least most people like myself, (or at least the first few days) is a time where I verbalise the plans and New Year resolutions to myself. I tell myself things like, “I’m going to reach a certain point in my career as well as financially, network more and go out more and do things I usually don’t do”. Note that I say verbalise – what a mistake, right? Verbalising plans and goals is like getting a new job and being given a verbal contract. Anyone can say anything they want but by the time the sun goes down and the moon comes up, who is to say that they, or even you will remember what was actually said?
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein. I believe the wise learn and the foolish never learn. Yes it’s a deep saying but I stand by this statement. I have to learn and change my previous routines.
My twenty-heaven-teen plan list:
1. Envision and know what your dreams, goals and aspirations are for the year.
I would suggest thinking of what you have always wanted to achieve. What aspirations lay in the foundations of your heart and what dreams keeping playing in your mind like a broken record?
I am a freelance broadcast television researcher. I work on various factual entertainment productions. I also occasionally work in the development department of companies which consists of coming up with programme ideas. I enjoy my job but it can at times be challenging. My goal for 2017 is to constantly be in a contract and work on more of a variety of programmes.
This means that I need to network more by attending various events and socialising with people in the industry I haven’t met before when the opportunity presents itself.
I also want to expand my friendship circle as I can sometimes (ok more often than not) be slightly unsociable. I am an approachable person and I’m the girl that laughs at pretty much anything, but I love being in the comfort of my own home. This is great but not so great when you work in TV, have a blog (which I want to grow) and ermmmm, well want to get into the dating scene.
I spent the last few years of my life focusing on my career, until I had that lightbulb moment and thought, well who said I can’t have a dating life and focus on my career at the same time, right?
2. Three month strategies work wonders
Now that you know what goals you want to achieve, the next step is to put them down on paper in a picture or notes formation or as a bulleted list and keep it somewhere as a constant reminder.
My life and my goals are always updating and upgrading itself so I would suggest revisiting your ‘vision board’ every three months.
I will be setting myself realistic steps every three months. Such steps will include researching on networking events, going out more when I’m invited to do so and forcefully stepping out of my comfort zone because if I’m too comfortable then I’m not progressing.
3. A positive mind attracts a positive life
“Oh that’s not really true” I hear someone say. Well lovelies, it kind of is. I am a firm believer than what you think can actually come into fruition whether good or bad. If you have negative thoughts then chances are your life will become negative.
Even if life seems to be crumbling around you, it’s always good to stay positive as it will lift your spirits and motivate and encourage you.
I am putting my hand on my heart and telling myself, Hetty be positive at all times or at least try to be most of the times because that will help your ‘vision board’ jump out of the paper and into real life.
Over the years I have distanced myself from people I thought were creating a negative impact on my life. This could be due to their lifestyle, their way of thinking, their behaviour, their beliefs just anything I knew would not be beneficial to me. As brutal as it may be, reevaluating who you spend a majority of your time with can be of great use.
I have to add and this is very important – you have to believe in yourself first before anyone else will. Don’t seek approval from people before you do what you know you can and should do within yourself. People will usually believe in you once they see results.
4. Action equates results
I personally like to say that 70% of people have goals which never turn into anything else other than goals because they don’t act. Zero action equals zero results and I mean zero, nada, nothing!
Acting sometimes can be hard but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. One example is when I knew I wanted to work in TV and although many didn’t believe it could happen, I knew it was what I wanted.
I conducted a lot of research and attended initial networking events that broadcasters and companies were holding. I applied for internships, work experience, volunteering opportunities you name it, anything I could think of. I went to countless interviews, approached and emailed people who were in the industry and just worked really hard and always did more than what was expected of me.
- Believe before you see and envision your aspirations.
- Create a ‘vision board’, update it every three months and keep it somewhere as a monthly reminder.
- Research the necessary actions needed to reach each goal.
- Change your mindset and start seeing each obstacle, challenge and setback as another opportunity for growth and success.
There you have it, well there’s no time like the present so I better get started in creating steps to making my 2017 a twenty-heaven-teen year.
Let me know how you get on.