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3 Tips for Making 2018 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER

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I hope 2018 is your best year EVER.

If you have plans… I hope they work out for you.

If you don’t have plans, I hope brilliant things just fall into your lap!

Planning is like dreaming for me. It can take me years to tick a dream off my list… and sometimes I am transported to my dream in no time at all.

These are three of my best tricks to for dreaming YOUR BEST 2018

Tip 1 – Live Your Best Life

My wise daughter said……

“Mum, DON’T try to…

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Just try to…

Live Your Best 2018

It is more fun and easier to do.”

AND IT IS!!!

That little re-frame took the pressure off.

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I saw myself as an art deco expert, decorating my home.

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Making the garage into an office/studio….

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being fit

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visiting friends in Southern France and Italy

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being an advisor to career and HR consultants

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running my business as a nomad exploring the outback….

The list went on.

I didn’t imagine me flying my private jet to meet Hugh Jackman… that is someone else’s best life… not mine.hughjackman

Give it a go.

Imagining your best life is fun.

Tip 2

To make 2018 your best year it MUST reflect your values.  I have a tried and true method for sorting out what is important to you.

I don’t believe our values change much during our lives. Donald Trump isn’t going to become like the Dali Lama without a seismic shift to the very core of his being.

You are not going to suddenly become someone totally different, so it is worth taking some time to figure out your values NOW so that they become the wind in your sails, probably for the rest of your life.

Step 1: Make a list of 8 people you like

Mum

Dad

Alan

Daughter 1

Daughter 2

Daughter 3

Dali Lama

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Step 2: Next to each person’s name write three things you like about them.

Mum – clear, smart, family

Dad – funny, kind, wise

Alan – calm, adventurous, does stuff

Daughter 1 – family, determined, smart

Daughter 2 – fun, kind, determined

Daughter 3- fun, determined, clear, doer

Dali Lama – wise, clear, communicator

William Shakespeare – genius, clear, communicator

Step 3: Check over your list. Can you group any that are similar?

In my example, having fun, doing stuff and having adventures can be grouped together in my mind.

Mum – clear, smart, family

Dad – fun, kind, wise

Alan – calm, adventurous, does stuff

Daughter 1 – family, determined, smart

Daughter 2 – fun, kind, determined

Daughter 3- fun, determined, clear, doer

Dali Lama – wise, clear, communicator

William Shakespeare – genius, clear, communicator

Make up your own groups. Clump together things that seem similar to you. These groups reflect your core values.

Step 4: Check out your groups

It is a gift knowing what is important to you. It helps you to be calm and confident about the decisions you make.  Check out and group your values so that you can consciously and deliberately make decisions that are grounded in your core values.

EXAMPLE: My best life will be underpinned by these values….

  • having fun doing lots of stuff. (I love being busy and doing stuff with energetic people.)
  • being a clear, smart, communicator. (As I am a writer who collates and communicates information I am on track with this.)
  • being kind to my family. (They are my reason for living so of course this will be easy.)

I have two other great games that will help you to clarify how to plan your life around your values.  If you would like to see those let me know and I will post them for you.

Tip 3

I don’t think we should work too hard at this time of year. Holidays are a time for fun and playing games. I promised you only 3 Tips so here is the third.

Download Coggle. It is free, easy to use and fun.

Name your first mind map 2018 Plan. Then click and play. Check out your answers to Tip 1 and Tip 2 and create as many arms to the map as you like.

I will make one arm for each family member and one for work, home, dreams and health. I will create as many action branches as I like on each.

The mind map becomes your high level plan for Your Best Life for 2018.

I love doing this sot of planning. I check mine every few weeks. I just checked my 2017 plans for last year. I got about half of them done.

If you want to see my personal map for 2018 you can contact me and I will share it with you.

HAVE FUN DESIGNING YOUR BEST 2018. 

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Bev Johnson

 

I provide career news and information to career advisors, school students and families.

For a complimentary issue contact me.

 

 

Author: Bev Johnson

Hi I'm Bev and I deliver the best career information and advice available for school students across Western Australia. I really care about kids leaving school. After 12 years of nurturing the system drops them out of the school gate. I am fighting to create life rafts that sail off to the best destination for ALL students.

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