As we look forward to a new year, the media as well as friends and family bombard us with commitments to New Years resolutions. Instead of falling into that annual trap, I challenge you to try a different approach. This year take some time and think about what’s on your bucket list or List of 100 Dreams that you would like to achieve in the next year. And don’t just think about it, write it down!
To some, this exercise is easy. They always have a running list of ideas or goals. But for many of us, we get caught up in the day-to-day busy-ness of life and realize that another year has quickly passed. If you need a little kick-start, here are three different challenges worth exploring to help you zero in on fulfilling experiences for the new year:
Try – What are you going to try next year that you’ve never done? What have you been thinking about that you know would be a good challenge and stretch you out of your comfort zone?
For me, I am going to find a way to incorporate the idea of video into my business. It scares the heck out of me but I’m definitely convinced there is content better shared via video than the printed word.
Learn – What new skill or subject will you tackle or perfect next year? Whether it is heading back to the classroom, attending a conference, or hiring a trainer, we should never stop learning.
I am hoping to attend at least one social media / content marketing conference where I can learn about the trends and tricks of the industry as well as meet other like-minded professionals and share best practices.
Grow – What can you do next year in a bigger better way? You may very well have a terrific business or career path going along quite nicely, but there is always room for growth. Are you going to focus on increasing your income, hire additional employees, create partnerships or alliances or maybe just take steps to grow your social media following?
Ideally, I would love to grow in all of these areas. Who wouldn’t – right?
In thinking about these challenges: try, learn and grow, you could very well have one goal that applies across the board. The most important consideration is to focus on what is important to you and what will add value to your work and your life in a meaningful way.
I would love to know what you are looking forward to achieving in next year. If you dare, please share what’s on your life list in the comments below. Good luck!