New Year, New Decade, New Goals, What’s Next?

2020! So much to be excited about, plan, set goals for, read, learn, change, refine, innovate! And so much to talk about, that this is going to be more than one post.

This first post will be about:

  1. Envisioning Your Future, and
  2. Stepping out of the Comfort Zone

The next post will be about:

  • Keeping an Eye on Innovations That Shape our Future

And I’ve been so wrapped up in the Innovations of the Future post that I haven’t gotten yet to the Video Marketing best practices, innovations, trends and latest “fads”. 

So, here goes:

1. Envisioning Your Future:

About a year ago I set 1, 5 and 10 year-goals for all aspects of my life thanks to a lovely workbook called the “Bliss Book” by Lara Land.

The book gives a structure of fulfillment by working backward from your 10-year goals – or your ultimate bliss-state – to figure out where you need to be at the 5-year mark and then 1-year mark.

Then, you define 12 steps to take over the next 12 months to get you closer to your 1-year goal.

I did the exercise with a close friend, and we stopped there. The book goes into further detail down to daily actions and keeping your “bliss state” present.

We had to go back and forth several times to set goals that were “bliss” AND achievable.

I had the hardest time figuring out what “bliss” meant to me and all I could come up with ways to be “free”. One of my goal for 2020 is to define what “free” means to me.

A first stab at it in the video below:

The interesting part is, though, that throughout the year I refer back to my 1, 5 and 10 year goals and make sure that I’m fulfilling on my promise for the 12 goals for the first year, which are spread out, one per month.

And, it is powerful to be connected to the bigger “why” and to not just move from task to task and be reactive.

It reminds me a lot of a goal I set in early 2000 to run the New York City Marathon in 2002. I started from scratch as a runner.

The planning and the focus it took to build mileage, endurance, physical strength, and most of all, mental stamina – an unexpected and very welcome side-effect – was an incredible experience that I have been able to use in all areas of my life ever since.

My “bliss state” goal is more like an ultra-marathon with a few Ironman races thrown in.

As any goal, it should be a SMART goal – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.  Ok, maybe it took a bit of going out of the “Realistic” part, but where would be the fun if I aimed too low?

Do you know where you want to be in 2030? What’s one of your goals?

2. Stepping out of the Comfort Zone

If you’re not living at the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

[quote by Tiffany Slain]

2020: What are you doing to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to grow?

Personally, business-wise, physically, emotionally, spiritually?

I am, for one, stepping up my video content creation. Which is not only a business goal but also a creative, emotional and personal challenge: What (early) mid-fifty woman wants to see herself on video 😱 – and not be Madonna?

We’re also preparing ourselves for an even busier future and a bigger team with a few new productivity software platforms, and – very exciting – a branding upgrade, across the board. It’s again an opportunity to put ourselves out there, be real, approachable and super accountable for everything we create, do, and say.

With that comes an expansion of our services and products, which are now ready to be formalized and systemized to make sure we deliver every single time, are efficient and focused on clients and not some silly repeat-task.

What are you challenging yourself to do in 2020 that takes you out of being comfortable and doing “same as every year”?