If you keep hearing people on the internet say, “Make 2020 your best year!” and you’re like, “Sounds great, but howwwww?” — Then these nine steps will help you plan 2020.
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STEP ONE: Think about your Ultimate Vision
(a.k.a. what you want to do/experience before you die.)
In this section, think about what life vision you have. This will be the part where you go way into the future and take a look around. Write down everything you “see”.
Take a journal and go wild. Seriously, don’t hold back. So many people are scared to say what they REALLY want out loud because they don’t see the “how” right away. DON’T DO THIS! This only blocks your creativity and keeps you (and your dreams) small!
Don’t worry, steps 2-3 will help you find the “how.” 😉
STEP TWO: REFLECT ON 2019
This should be the shortest step because you don’t want to get sucked into the rabbit hole of wishing to change the past. But, this IS a crucial step because your experiences educate you on what you want/don’t want for your life. You’ve got to know what 2019 looked like to be able to plan 2020
Crack that journal back open because here’s a few journal prompts for you:
- What were your favorite experiences from 2019? Least favorite?
- What came naturally to you? What was difficult?
- What do you want to continue to do in 2020? What do you NEVER want to do again?
STEP THREE: BRAINSTORM FUTURE POSSIBILITIES
Go back to what you wrote in your ultimate vision. What are some BIG actions you could take this year that would truly move the needle on getting you closer to those goals?
In this section, think about big milestones you could reach in 2020 that will put you on the trajectory of making your ultimate life’s vision come to life.
Take some paper and literally write EVERYTHING that comes to mind. Again, don’t get stuck in the “how” here. So many people who want real change in their lives do this, and they’re always disappointed in how little they did by the end of the year.
If you’re stuck, come back to this idea: “How can I make big & positive change in my life if I’m unwilling to let myself even think about big possibilities?”
This is one of the most important steps you need to take to plan 2020, so don’t skip it!
STEP FOUR: DECLARE YOUR NON-NEGOTIABLES
“Self-confidence is the process of keeping promises to yourself”Ed Mylett
In this step, you’re going to decide what you MUST keep doing and what you are NOT WILLING to do in 2020.
Think about things like routines, people you dislike being around, get-togethers you dread going to, taking more projects at work even though you hate it, etc. On the flip side, think about things that make you happy that you don’t do enough. Can you make it a MUST to do them more often?
The important part is that you STICK to your non-negotiables. If you say you’re going to drink coffee slowly in the morning without looking at your phone, then DO that. Don’t let the “instant-gratification-er” inside you win!
The more and more you keep promises to yourself, the more and more you start to like/respect yourself! 🥰
(If you’re worried about not getting over excuses, then no worries! I got you in Step 8, friend!)
STEP FIVE: MAKE A ROADMAP
Ok, NOW you can start thinking about the “how“! 😂
In this step, you’re creating a plan of action to get to accomplish some of the ideas you brainstormed in step 3.
Grab your journal, and choose the ideas you brainstormed that sound the most exciting to you. Now, instead of thinking about your next step, think about your LAST step to take to achieve your goal.
Then once you think about the very last step you’d have to take to achieve whatever it is that you want, move on the second to last step and so on.
If you can make it to where you currently are, then you’ve got a road map of EXACTLY what you need to do to make your goal a reality!
STEP 6: DECIDE WHO YOU NEED TO BECOME TO GET THERE
So, now you know what you want, what you’re not willing to do to get there, and a roadmap. This step is all about deciding who you will become to get there.
Think of this as Self-Discovery on steroids (but in a good way)!
Travel into the future and envision yourself 12 months from now. Let’s pretend you accomplish ALL the goals you planned for 2020. Think about who that person is that achieved all that.
Who is she? Describe this person. How does she live? What’s going through her head? What does her self-talk look like? What does she believe? What do her days look like?
How does she handle adversity? Failure? How does she stand back up when she’s fallen?
The more detailed here, the better!
What does she need you to do TODAY to make her world a reality? What advice would she give you?
Keep this person in mind as you move to the next step. She’s important when you plan 2020.
STEP SEVEN: DESIGN YOUR DAYS
Ok, so you already know how important your morning and evening routines are! List ’em out! 🙂
But keep in mind how long ever thing takes, then work backward!
If you have to leave the house by 8 am, then reverse engineer how long your routine will take to decide what your usual wake up time will be.
Let’s say you want to work out for 30 minutes, but you also want to meditate, journal, and eat breakfast. Take time to figure out how long EVERYTHING in your ideal routine takes. Let’s say these take 10 minutes each.
With these and journaling, you’d need to start your routine AT LEAST by 7 am, so maybe a safe wake up time is 6:30 am.
You can do the same thing for bedtimes and evening routines! 😊
STEP EIGHT: CREATE A PLAN TO OVERCOME EXCUSES
Take that same journal and write down all the excuses that you hear yourself say often. Then think about all the excuses you might say when you’re thinking about taking action on your plan so far.
Now you need to give your excuse less power and determine what you’ll do at the moment to not let it stop you!
You can do this in two steps:
- List why your excuse is crap (not real, not legit, etc.)
- List the immediate action you’ll do at the moment, not let your excuse stop you.
So for example, let’s say you want to stick to your budget, but you know you’ll use an excuse like, “It was on sale! It’s not that bad!“
- REASON IT’S CRAP: It doesn’t matter if it’s on sale
- IMMEDIATE ACTION: Review your budget before you make ANY purchase.
Repeat this step for any remaining excuses. 😘
STEP NINE: DETERMINE HOW YOU’LL MEASURE YOUR EFFORTS
Now you’ve got your action plan, your routine, a plan to beat excuses, and found who you need to become! It’s time to make sure all this effort will pay off in the future.
No matter how awesome you are at planning, there’s no way you can predict the future. Goals change, priorities shift, and sometimes sh*t happens.
It’s essential to allow space to reflect on your efforts in the future and make changes if necessary.
Here’s a few journal prompts to get your wheels turning:
- How often will you review your actions? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? A combination?
- How will you decide if you’re on track?
- If you’re NOT on track, how will you get back on track? (How will you pivot your plans if needed?)
Ok friends! I hope this helps you plan 2020! 💚I know this is A LOT, but if you do this and put the work in, I PROMISE you’ll be rearing to go in 2020!
If you want more tips like this and resources to take action on your biggest goal then make sure to download my FREE Plan Your Year guide!