What a year 2017 has been! While the Merriam-Webster declared “feminism” as the word for 2017, I will go one step further and add “awakening” as another important word for 2017. This was a year many of us awakened from whatever version of the status quo that we’ve been living with. This could apply to anything from your own personal development, to the career that you want to escape from, or even static political views. So rather than look back at what was 2017, let’s shift gears and focus on how we can make the new year an epic one we all deserve.
If you’ve spent more than 10 seconds on Instagram these past few weeks then you’ve likely been bombarded with a ton of advertisements for planners, all promising to give you the magic fix of clarity and success for just $24.99 plus shipping. Before you spend a ton of time chasing products that won’t help you let’s focus on what you can do right now to help you get the clarity you will need to have an amazing 2018.
Step 1: Download the free Unravel Your Year guide, which will walk you through how to do a proper reflection of the past year. You will get introduced to the idea of identifying a word or phrase that serves as your mantra for the year. My phrase for 2017 was “Create Yourself.” Six published books and two signature programs launched later, I feel like it’s fair to say: “Mission accomplished!”
Step 2: Reset your default settings and identify your core desire feelings by visiting this visual library of feelings. Much like when the cable box is not working, we have to unplug and reboot from scratch. Who are you at your core and what do you want to feel? Too often we chase goals as milestones that are supposed to serve a purpose yet when we reach them we don’t always feel fulfillment. What if, instead of chasing goals, we focused on how we want to feel? That’s the premise behind the “core desired feelings” as first coined by Danielle LaPorte.
Step 3: Break down your new year in four chapters. As an excel nerd, I love creating spreadsheets when mapping out the new year. Four seasons can easily become chapters so that you’re not micro-managing yourself. Give each season a theme and allow yourself space to manifest it. One chapter can be “adventures” and this is where you plan your trips and maybe even quit your job for entrepreneurship. Be flexible with your plan but stay true to your soul’s desire.
Step 4: Connect with your coven of brujas and make an accountability pact. Friends don’t let friends have epic years alone. Surround yourself with the people who will not only elevate you but also challenge you to be the best version of yourself. If this means saying good-bye to that friend who was never really “ride or die,” then it’s time to finally walk away. When we let go of what no longer serves us we end up clearing space so that the new experiences and people which DO serve us can come into our lives.
Let the word for 2018 be “EPIC” so that you are living your best life and thriving by doing what makes you happy. It’s not a coincidence that Mercury retrograde is hitting up the last few weeks of 2017. Use this time to reflect, reassess, reevaluate, and rebuild your new and improved life, business, and career.