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How to set powerful goals to have an extraordinary year

To set or not to set goals is a dilemma that we usually  face in the beginning of each year! There are a lot studies proving that people who set the goals are more successful than those who don’t. You can find many articles that are against goal setting arguing that all best intentions are eventually doomed to fail due to various reasons.

Last year I joined the camp “New Year’s resolutions are dead!” as the result my year was the worst I’ve ever had. I had moments in my life when it seemed that it couldn’t get any worse, I was shown that it could. At the same time I am grateful to all the challenges I had because it helped me to open up to my inner wisdom and start listening to my inner voice.

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This year I’ve decided to have the best year so I wanted to explorer possibilities to

set powerful goals to have an extraordinary year!

Step 1. Review

Look back at what contributed to your wins and loses. Review your previous year without any judgement, state the facts and move on. There were several mistakes that shaped my 2016, namely, not allowing myself to dream and not having a mentor.

Step 2. Dream

This was  my number one mistake last year, I was so busy with getting on with life that I didn’t have a bigger picture in mind. I didn’t have any particular goals that would have taken my breath away. I was operating at a surviving level – all I wanted to be able to pay my bills running my own business. The change happened around August when I got an inspiration to create my Social Media and Business Mastery Journey Club, this is a project that I keep working on, hence the name “journey”.

A common mistake that many people make at the dream stage is they filter their dreams through the “reality prism” – how realistic their goals sound. At this stage you need to go wild. I am allowing my dreams to have the life of their own, if I want to write “to go on a world tour and have coffee with Oprah…” so be it.

Step 3. Have a mentor or coach

3 years ago my dream to be a full-time business owner came true. It was only possible because I started working with a business mentor. After 18 months I transition as a coach in my mentor’s team helping other business owners to achieve their dreams. The mistake I made at that time was that I didn’t seek another mentor to further my personal development. This year I have joined Brendon Burchard’s monthly programme to be guided by him.

Step 4.  Choose goal achieving strategies and tactics

These tips I’ve learned from Brendon’s video ( the link below)

Singular goals vs progressive goals

Brendon suggests that you need to set a series of goals to keep you motivated to keep progressing throughout the entire year.

 Schedule your success

While listening to Brendon I got confirmation to my own mantra “What gets scheduled gets done!”. However it wasn’t easy for me to come to terms that scheduling is the path towards freedom. I used to hate planning and scheduling, I was more a doing-it-when-I-am-feeling-it type of person, I wanted to be spontaneous.  I have found my way around this, I still don’t like scheduling but now I schedule absolute minimum that needs to be done during the day and the rest is for spontaneous activities.

Reflection routine

This is another tip from Brendon that I am going to apply this year.

Once a week set some time aside to evaluate how you are progressing towards your goals, what’s helping and what obstacles you have encountered. It’s much easier if you track your progress regularly rather feeling disappointed at the end of the year.

Step 5. Have fun!

If you are not having fun while achieving your goals, you are doing something wrong. Bring joy in what you do. Even it requires to be disciplined in your daily routines you still can add an element of fun. While writing a blog post on the first day of the year may not seem like the most fun activity but the sense of achievement and pride that  I have started my year with accomplishing a task for the day brings me tremendous joy.

To make sure that you are going to have an extraordinary year in addition to above mentioned steps you need to have clarity. Clarity what you want to achieve and what can be the easiest ways of doing it. If you would like my help with how to make this year much better than the previous year, book a complimentary 30-minute call with me.

My first 90 days as a Solopreneur – DAY2

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This is my Day 2 of my first 90 days as a Solopreneur.

There is so much to do and I know how easily distracted I can be. Suddenly I have this illusion of having plenty of time on my hands but I know that being busy and being productive are two different things.

In order to stay grounded and tune into my intuition I start my days with writing “Morning Pages”, this is a technique described in Julia’s Cameron book “The Artist’s Way”

  The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self

“Morning pages” are a form of meditation. In the morning the moment you woke up before you start communicating with the world, you take a notebook and write whatever comes to your mind, however silly it may seem. Before I started practising it I resisted the process for the whole week.  Sometimes it sounds like “My dear diary…” type of writing but very often creative solutions come to me. This process allows me to switch to my intuition.

The day when I found out that I am leaving my job started very unusually. First of all, I saw a dream that I’d spent the whole day with Anthony Robbins, when I woke up the phrase that came to me mind was “You are meant to play bigger”.  That morning in my “Morning Pages” I was writing:

” … saw Tony Robbins in my dream, we were helping various people. That felt so good. This is something what I want to do – helping people finding their calling in life, creating different Social Media campaigns so they are happy about their business and life successes. It would be so great if could leave my job by 30th June.  It would be fantastic. I would be so happy and I would dance my happy dance. Wait, I can be happy now, I can dance the happy dance now; I can imagine and feel these emotions now. I will let reality to catch up…

Later in the afternoon, I found out that I can leave my work as soon as I wish and on my terms. 30th June was my last working day in the company.

So, I highly recommend the book by Julia Cameron “The Artist Way”.

I’ve also noticed that whatever I do in the morning gets done. That’s I’ve scheduled working on my e-book the first thing in the morning.

In May I was running my online course “Facebook Made Easy”, now I am putting all the material together into an ebook.

For somebody who all her childhood was told that she didn’t have artistic skills, it’s a double effort to work on creative projects. Anyhow, I’ve done my first chapter and I am happy to present it here. No opt-in required, just click on the document.

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