Success in 2016
As 2015 draws to a close and we welcome in 2016; I’ve been visiting the steps in my formula in preparation:
40% Self Discovery + 20% Planning + 20% Action + 20% Magic = next.
In other words - what’s next for me is a combination of what I want and what my intentions are (self discovery), how I want it to show up in my life (planning), what steps I need to take to make it real (action) and staying open to what the universe brings to me when I have clarity, a path and I begin to take those action (magic).
Over the last year, the people I call friends has changed considerably. I am surrounded by some of the most spiritual and divinely connected people I have ever met in my life. I study a significant amount more of them.
I’ve learned that just like fingerprints, every person’s way of preparing for the change in year is very personal and unique.
I’m going to guess at percents here but my guess is that the 95% of you will celebrate in one way or another. Of that group, maybe 60% will spend some time thinking about what they want 2016 to be about, resolutions or a word/theme of the year. A further subset, maybe 10% will spend a significant amount of time on deep soul-searching questions and creating a plan.
I met a fascinating man recently who dedicates that last 2 weeks of the year in a “personal review” of what’s working and what isn’t and what he wants to change/focus on in the upcoming year. I was impressed. I would guess the amount of people who dedicate this much time and effort is a fraction of a fraction.
My history with New Year celebrations can pretty much be summed up with hosting a house party, being outside under my covered deck of the pre-divorce house, fireplace going, with the fireworks celebration on the TV and the sound being piped through the speakers on the deck. Very classy. I always had a blast. I always ended up hung-over.
2014 was my first year that was very different.
New Year’s 2014 was right before I moved out my aforementioned dream-house that I shared with my former husband. It was an incredibly scary time for me. I had never lived on my own before; I had never picked out a couch without someone else’s opinion. I had never ordered electricity or garbage services. I practically went from my parent’s home to my boyfriend’s home who became my husband.
I also went into 2014 with two tools I had never had before; my life coach and my “Word of the Year.” (God Bless you Carrie Saba!) For 2014 it was EMBRACE because I knew it was going to be a rocky year and I just wanted to encourage my adaptability skills to take center stage.
Jan. 2015 was my first year alone. I went to a local friend’s house but before I “went out” I spent the evening recapping my 2014 and planning my 2015 using a guide from the gifted Ev'Yan Whitney.
With Ev'yan’s guidance and the perspective of the whole year, I was amazed at what I had accomplished. The list included buying a home, moving twice, finalizing my divorce, building a website, finding my Core Desired Feelings and starting this company.
It was unlike anything I had ever done before: I had more than embraced my life, I had lived it and lived it well. My word of year for 2015 was BELIEVE.
In preparation for 2016, I’ve “LC-ed” this process. Keeping my formula front and center, I’ve spent a significant amount of time on Self-Discovery. I’m digging underneath my answers for the why.
In the end, the whole thing might take me into the “fraction of a fraction” category. I spent almost 6 hours on it with a dear friend just this past Saturday.
Whether this seems like overkill to you or you are intrigued, I thought, as we close out a tremendous and remarkable year, I’d give you a mini-guide to help shape your 2016.
If you’d like a guided tour, I’m personally taking a group of people on a Self-Discovery Journey for 21-Days starting Jan. 6th. If you’d like to join us, I’d love to have you. I also know that approximately half of you are the DIY type.
Regardless of what category you are in, I’ve included some questions so you can dig a little deeper and discover the power of my formula and what happens when you use it.
Before you begin, carve out some time to actually dedicate to answering these questions. Put on some music or do some meditation; what ever gets you in the mood. For those of you who’ve read Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - you’ll recognize this as “sharpen your saw” time.
It’s worth the investment.
As you think about 2015:
- What if anything shifted for you?
- What were you amazed by?
- What didn’t feel awesome?
- What do you want more of?
- What do you need to let go of?
As you prepare for 2016:
- Do you know how you want to show up? Do want to roll in? Stomp in? Glide in? Dance in?
- What are you looking forward to?
- How do you want your year to feel?
- What do you want to show up in your life?
- What do you want to keep/enhance?
- What do you want to change/release?
The last question you would benefit from answering is this: “Can you imagine it all happening?”
Do whatever you can do to bring vividness to the answers you've come up with. Whether you can just see in in your mind, or it’s a collection of pictures on a piece of paper or a written story, your ability to bring your desires to life in your head and heart directly correlates to your ability to make it all happen. State of mind (read: belief) is crucial to making ideas real.
However you choose to step into your 2016, my greatest wish for you is a remarkable year that exceeds your expectations in all of the most wonderful and glorious of ways.
To give someone else a gift, forward this list- it never hurts to have a friend along for your journey.