In these two sessions – the first of which you’ll do now, and the second you’ll do as you go from today through the rest of the year – you’ll make a solid plan that you can execute, and turn your attention towards the projects that’ll be the main course of your activities for the next four quarters.
Day 8 – New (Year’s) Resolutions and First Quarter Plans
In this session, you’ll take your adjustments from the Creative Vision two-year plans, which are essentially the Discrepancy table, the Pain List, and the feedback you received, and add in your New Resolutions. Then you’ll put what’s necessary, realistic, and ambitious into your plans for the next three months – which, as of time of writing, begins January 2020.
In fact, I have a handy template that you can use if you want. The audio tells you to divide one of your workbook pages into four quadrants – keeping things simple. This is the pretty one for when you’re ready to tuck it into your agenda, post it on your fridge, and put it on your cubicle wall.
Day 9 – Drafting the Rest of the Year; Project Planning
Continuing on with the shorter-term plans from your Creative Vision and the adjustments you’ve made, populate the next 3 quarters to foresee what you can accomplish by this time next year. Review your plans once a month and at the beginning and end of each quarter, make any changes you need, and mark off what you’ve accomplished!
Halfway through the audio, we begin the process of project management: creating a project section in your notebook with project lists according to context. In fact, here’s another template you can use for any project idea you have on the go:
And then we’re done. 🎉
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These two sessions are about reality-checking, clearing obstacles, and asking for advice and support from people you respect and who care about you.
Day 6: The Pain List
Today we’re going to confront the things you’ve been minimizing and avoiding. These are things that feel bad, and you’re going to take the first concrete steps to resolve them productively. It’s all here in the audio.
Day 7: Reconfigure Your Plans and Get Feedback
While some people find skepticism motivating (“I’m going to prove you wrong,”) there are many people who experience it as undermining. They’re exaggerating the negativity when they allow this, but they’re not entirely incorrect. Major goals require the support of loved ones as well as support from people who are in a position to help you.Those who cannot obtain “social proof” usually don’tachieve much unless they have the energy to do something different and the persistence and eventual talent to do it well.
So today, you’re not looking for skeptics, but for realists who wish the best for you, and who can give you support, and even someone who can tell you something you don’t know that will set you straight.
Here we take your goals and start putting them into a broken-down 10-year framework (although you can also set out a different long-term period). Get out your pens for writing a lot of headings!
This is a slow-talking audio because you’re meant to follow along with your journal and pen, writing headings and filling out what you can in preparation for your homework. There are times where you can pause the audio to catch up.
Useful Bonus Activity: Your Discrepancy List
Day 5 is a good day’s worth of work, and this activity is for the goals that you deem highest priority. Taking this extra step will better prepare you for accomplishing them. I’ll refer to it later in the audio series, assuming you find it useful.
It’s based on psychology research that found when people visualize their goals, the people who were more successful went an extra step, and contrasted their visualized goal with where they are right now.
This step also combats the demotivating beliefs that we create out of the assumptions we make, and which are often given to us by others. We rarely create demotivating beliefs out of nothing, and so we must work to combat them with pragmatism and reassurance that you can learn as you go by thinking about (and doing) the steps required.
Affirmations contradict limiting beliefs that other people hand you, or that you create out of insecurity, and centre yourself in your competence and commitment. The problem with affirmations is, as the researchers discovered, people can get high off the fumes without hitting the accelerator. In order to prevent that from happening, you need to look at the conditions that surround you when you’re on the starting line.
So take a look at your highest-priority goals, and consider the contrast between where you are now and what the ideal outcome would be. Then, work backwards and see what you need to do.
Copy this Discrepancy table into a new page in your journal and begin filling it out. Refer to it and make adjustments over the second part of this exercise.
At no point should you become discouraged. Give yourself credit for being an adult!