Welcome to a new year, a new month, a new week, and a new you! I’m guessing, from the onslaught of memes on my Facebook feed about the emotional, mental, and very literal carnage that 2016 brought, that 2017 was welcomed with open arms and a collective sigh of relief.
Now it’s January and you’re on your first week of new habits, and lots of excitement. This year holds limitless potential and you’re going to make sure you don’t waste another second being mediocre. The best version of you is coming out in 2017 and you’re on a roll! I love this. I love anything that gets people excited, super stoked, amped up, and motivated to achieve greatness. I love the fresh start and high vibration that each New Year brings. I love the optimism and positivity in everyone I talk to. But, alas, we all know the inevitable New Year’s crash will soon impede upon many of these beautiful intentions. We lose sight of why we wanted these things so badly, we miss a day or two of our exciting new habit and throw in the towel, life happens and other things get in the way. Here’s the good news, that reality ends today. Here are 4 tips to ease your way into awesomeness of 2017 and sustain your excitement all year long!
Dream BIG – I mean, REALLY BIG.
Kimi and I love our Big Visioning practice. It’s fun and truly gets us excited about the possibilities that lie in the next few months. One of our favorite questions that we ask ourselves and our clients is the Magic Wand question: If you could have anything – and we mean anything your heart desires, what would your life look like? How would you feel? What would you do everyday? What would you not do everyday? What things would you have? Who would you spend time with? The key to answering this question is to remove all limitations. Anything is possible. What’s the point? Well, many of us don’t really know what we want or we substantially limit our desires to what we think is possible. Let me tell you, what you think is possible and what is actually possible are two very different things. Spend some time this week answering this question and let it guide your plans for an epic 2017!
I recently attended a webinar with previous business coach and online marketing maven, Bob “The Teacher” Jenkins. Bob walked us through his idea mapping process, and I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching a tree sprout roots and leaves and grow into a big beautiful dream-come-true. In all honesty, thinking about creating an idea map had always seemed daunting to me. It felt overwhelming and unnecessary. (True confessions, don’t judge me.) But spending an hour with Bob, watching him calmly and joyfully expand his big vision into a clear game plan of who, what, where, when, why, and how was mesmerizing and inspiring. As I watched Bob outline exactly how he planned to expand his empire, I realized that this process isn’t really a project outline, it’s an exercise in detailed intention setting. An idea map allows you to visually map out your big visions, dreams, aspirations, goals in a framework that proves your big vision is not only possible, but more importantly, it is probable. An idea map is just one of many exercises that can help in setting intentions and creating a game plan for the next few months. Whatever process you use, take some time this week to plant some seeds in this fertile New Year’s soil.
You’re super excited about everything you have planned for the New Year, and that is awesome! I want you to use every ounce of that momentum to drive yourself, your family, your work, and your life forward. But I also want to make sure you’re taking the time to breathe. Imagine you’re starting a really cool hike. The view at the top is unbelievable and you can’t wait to see it! You’re in the company of friends and family, and you guys start your ascent. In all of your excitement, you’re gonna start off blazing up that trail. If you’re breathing and keeping a strong and steady pace, allow yourself to rest along the way, and support your squad, you’ll all make it to the top together with energy to spare. We all know what happens if you start out sprinting.
Buckle up & get ready
With that said, I want to reassure you that 2017 is going to be SO. FREAKIN’. EPIC. As work+life integration ninjas, Kimi and I are always on a mission to find the best ways to live life, and what could be better than recreating the high vibration, motivation, and excitement of New Year’s Day than to have multiple days each year where you revisit your goals, your purpose, your big vision, and put new strategies and tools in place to help get you there?! Welp, ask and you shall receive! Our Best Life Ever Weekly Planner is just that, a quarterly process that allows you to revisit your Big Vision every 90 days and create a weekly game plan to keep you in alignment and on track. Check it out and get yours at kimiandpua.com/rockyourweek.
We are here for you! If there’s anything we can do to support you and your big, beautiful vision for 2017, don’t hesitate to reach out. We love hearing from you! Now, go get ’em, rockstar!
By Pua Pakele and Cabot, who has big plans and no resolutions for 2017.