I don’t know about you, but I’ve had that awful “coughing virus” since the beginning of this month and instead of raising a glass of bubbly on my birthday, I was very happy with some nice warm mint tea!
Here I am with my Mum and 3 kids…..
Who knew I would only begin to live my true life at 58? Then again, I love these 2 numbers – 5 about change, 8 about abundance and leadership. Together they are 13 – the number of good fortune, feminine empowerment and transformation. My “13” living is in full motion! We all have our time, this is only just beginning….
For everyone who sent me birthday wishes, thank you so much, your love is overwhelming!
January so far has been a quieter month. Have you taken the opportunity to focus on what you want to manifest and how you can create?
Those of you who really take time to listen, slow down, take space in January – you are going to see the best effects.
Or do you find yourself trying to catch your tail?
Are you feeling exhausted or pulled around?
Whoa! Slow down. Because you really need to take charge of your capacity, your limits and create a new blueprint for your future if I’m describing your reality. A future that includes you.
From February, the world is going to become a lot more vocal externally and the outer world, the action side of our world, is going to rise again.
January 2019 is a time to get really clear – not just about the year ahead – but about the seven years to come.
It would be powerful to write yourself a seven year plan…
the things that you would like to experience
the things that you would like to bring into your life
the things that you would like to create and what you would like to see shift in the world.
These moments where we play with our future in this way, are ways to open back up to our soul.
The outcome of this kind of dreaming and visioning is less important than the fact we are taking time to do it, to listen and to connect.
You may be wondering where to start….
1. Start Writing
Spend Day One or Week One writing. Don’t get caught up in thinking — especially not over-thinking!. The best way to begin is to do a basic “SWOT” (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis.
Don’t hesitate, don’t question yourself. JUST. START. WRITING!
If you don’t know your strengths or weaknesses, turn to 3–4 of the closest people in your life who will offer you honest, objective information. You have to get objective, real information, otherwise, you’re wasting your time. Write all these things down. Know what you’re good at and what you’re not good at. I am a huge believer of concentrating big-time your strengths.
You also need to know what opportunities you have in front of you, so you can always be on the look out, and things that threaten your time, productivity and more.
2. List out the things that motivate you
What drives you? What inspires you and lights a fire inside of you? List those things. This is a very simple exercise. The things that you love likely dominate your subconscious thoughts and maybe even your conscious thoughts. Start writing these things down. Then, determine how much you know about these things, and which of these things you have legitimate skills, knowledge and experience in. Speaking of which…
3. List your knowledge, skills and experience
What do you know? What have you actually done? There’s a very big difference between what you’ve done, versus where you are currently and what you want to do. The prime example of this is, I want to be a successful author. I will soon publish my first coffee table book. So, I’m extremely close to that dream becoming a reality.
My dream is also to be an entrepreneur who writes an Agony Aunt column for a living and coaches clients. But the core of my professional experience has been as a meditation teacher and Ancestral Healer. The moral of the story: I’m in transition. Maybe you are too.
You may want to be a home business owner someday, but perhaps your professional experience or education is in public relations. No problem, but it’s time to start working on that dream.
4. Transferable Skills
If you’re looking to make a career transition or to pursue something you really want, then you’re going to need to list out your transferable skills. Look at your knowledge, skills and experience. If you can do this yourself, wonderful, if not, then ask one of the 3–4 trusted advisors the following: What skills do I have that can transfer over to what I really want to do?
What skills can be transferred over to anything I want? This is of enormous importance to know.
Ah, the plan! Since this is a seven-year plan, it’s obviously going to have some big picture plans, in addition to plans very focused on achieving by the week or month.
Short-term thinking and strategy is always imperative. But if it is not accompanied by a big-picture view that can recognise change, we’re in trouble.
What I recommend you do once you have populated your plan is to manage it in a productivity management tool with tasks. Each week, I’m taking measured steps to achieve the goals I have listed in my plan.
The way to track your progress and create tasks is to use tools like Microsoft Outlook, Trello, OneNote, Evernote or whatever you desire. Everything has moved electronic, so only having this written by hand is a big mistake! I’d encourage you to take the therapeutic time to write it out by hand. But make sure you have this in an electronic document to track your tasks.
You may wish to use Microsoft Outlook Tasks.
You have to hold yourself accountable. Technology is a great way to do this, with built-in reminders and daily, weekly, monthly and annual tasks to make sure you’re doing what you said you would. If you don’t do this, then a plan is worth nothing. A plan can be a living, breathing document if you actively follow it.
And last, but not least, know this most important principle:
Your plan will change too. Your tasks will change. Chances are, your overarching objective should remain the same. Maybe, that too will change. But I’d urge you to be much slower to change that. Don’t just create something in a few days. Give it deep, meditative thought. Get to the core of who you really are. Then, go forth in confidence and live your dream.
My Seven-Year Plan (Who I want to be and What I want in my life in 7 Years)…….
So let me know what you discovered when creating your seven year plan…
I wish you a wonderful new 2019, take care of yourselves, and remember, we are all in this together.