181 – Magic Memories Goal Setting. Reflect – Set – Go

Magic Memories Goal Setting Reflect - Set - Go

Happy New year!  Welcome to episode 181 – Reflect – Set – Go

We will be closing off the year with a 7 Step toolkit to reflect on last year and set new goals for this year. Today I will share my favourite ritual that I do at the end of each year which is an exercise called Magic Memories.

This exercise will help to reflect on the year that has passed and focus on creating a spectacular year ahead.  What do you want to accomplish, change and what are you committed to?   Next week we have a handy goal setting worksheet to help you create 100 goals.

If you need any assistance or have any questions, I would be happy to help.  You can book in a free 30-minute call with Shelley Rogers.

This worksheet is compliments of Keith Abraham – Episode 080  Passion – Goals – Focus. Lastly we will cover how to create Vision Boards.

On to today’s episode

It is so easy to get to the end of the year and go into recovery mode over the Christmas break before setting New Year’s resolutions (that don’t stick!) and then repeat the same thing the following year. One year just blends into the next and years can become a blur.

But it does not have to be this way!

Reflecting on the memories of the year gone by will help you realise all the good things that have happened and also take in all the positive learning’s from those things that did not seem to be ‘good’ at the time.

This New Year Magic Memories process is absolute gold and will help anchor in the positive memories of the year and start the New Year invigorated, clear and focused. The process does take some time, effort and yes you will have to think, a rare quality in today’s world of instant everything.

Do this in a place you find inspiring and preferably somewhere you do not regularly go. Some examples maybe on the beach, on a mountain, in the forest. Being with nature helps to activate the ‘spirit’ or essence of you that is at the core of creating your vision and goals.

I did this exercise with my mom last year in Canada.  We went the beautiful Fairmount Banff Springs hotel, sat in the Rundle lounge overlooking the snow-covered Rocky Mountains.

This exercise can take anywhere from 1-3 hours to complete… a small investment to pay for getting outstanding results. Doing this with other people is also powerful. It helps to keep focused and create momentum. As mentioned at the end, once you have finished the process share your learning’s and what your new year is going to look and feel like with the other people. This helps to integrate and embed all your learnings.

What you will need to complete this exercise:

  • Journal to write down your ideas – I like buying a good quality journal one that jumps off the shelf when you see it.
  • Writing pens, lots of colours will engage you brain
  • Your diary – this year past and the coming years as well
  • Refreshments and small snacks to keep your energy up

When writing you reflect on the questions consider your answers in these areas.

  • Physical –   Financial
  • Emotional –   Family
  • Mental –   Community services
  • Spiritual –   Fun / creativity / recreation

Step 1

Mind Map, dot point, list – or any combination of these, your Magic Memories of the year just passed. These are memories that were highlights for you. Also consider moments that may have not been ‘happy’ however you felt the depth of human emotion. Dump them all down the order does not matter. When you have written all you can remember, grab your diary and use it as a memory jogger of events, experiences or projects. Add anything you may have missed. Hand drawn pictures, diagrams, symbols and keywords are all great.

Step 2

If you had done a dream board last year, pick it up and write down all the things you achieved. Write down what you did not and why. What lessons did you learn? I find if I answer this in a mindmap format that roughly matches my dream board layout, this works really well.  We have links  on our show notes page to 20 of the best mind map software solutions on the market to help you find one that can meet your needs and fall within your budget. Details on their notable features and available pricing plans are also provided so you can better compare them.

Step 3

Completing and remembering the year just passed – review the list of all completed ventures. We have 15 thought provoking questions to help you reflect.

  • What was your biggest triumph last year?
  • What was the smartest decision you made last year?
  • What one word best sums up and describes your 2013 experience?
  • What was the greatest lesson you learned last year?
  • What was the most loving service you performed last year?
  • What is your biggest piece of unfinished business last year?
  • What are you most happy about completing last year?
  • Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life last year?
  • What was the biggest risk you took last year?
  • What was the biggest surprise last year?
  • What important relationship improved the most last year?
  • What was the most impactful movie/ play/ theatre you saw and why?
  • What compliment would you liked to have received last year?
  • What compliment would you liked to have given last year?
  • What else do you need to do or say to be complete with closing off the year?

Step 4

Creating the New Year

  • What would you like to be your biggest accomplishment this year?
  • What advice would you like to give yourself this year?
  • What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results this year?
  • What would you be most happy about completing this year?
  • What major indulgence are you willing to experience this year?
  • What would you most like to change about yourself this year?
  • What are you looking forward to learning this year?
  • What do you think your biggest risk will be this year?
  • What about your work, are you most committed to changing and improving this year?
  • What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore this year?
  • What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that this year?
  • Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving this year?
  • What one word would you like to have as your theme this year?
  • You are sitting in a press conference a year from now making an amazing announcement. What are you saying? Remember to create the vision first and work out the ‘how’ later.

Steps 5

Review your notes made above

  • Notice any patterns, strengths, weakness, lessons
  • Become even more aware
  • Use this now as a guide to creating your goals for next year
  • Doing a Vision board with these goals is a fantastic way to help make these goals become a reality • When doing a vision board keep it simple and clear. We will cover how to create a Vision Board next week so make you have a listen to episode 182.

Step 6

Share your future vision with others. If you have done this with other people, share what you wrote and your new future with them. You will get massive learning’s and even more distinctions by sharing.

Step 7

Celebrate completing this process and your Amazing Life. Put on some of your favourite music, go for a swim, run, laugh, whatever makes you feel great, then go and do it. Celebrating at each stage is also important, especially at the very end and also when you have completed Step 4. Doing the new dream board can take time and you may do it over a couple of days, so it is important to celebrate when you have done your review and initial goal setting. Make your new year Bigger, Brighter, Happier, Healthier and even more Abundant than any other year of your life.

Don’t miss next week on how to create vision boards to achieve an amazing 2019.

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