I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big one for New Year’s Resolutions. Mainly because I had a long history of resolving … and then reneging on whatever promise I’d made to myself.
There’s something about a whole new decade, though, that seems made for a fresh start.
(Yes, the purists tell me the “new decade” actually begins next January. Something about no Year Zero. I don’t know, when I start staying “20-20-something” instead of “20-something-teen,” it feels new to me.)
I’m not alone in setting intentions for the ‘20s, either. People fall into a few camps when it comes to their goals as we round the curve into 2020.
Call it minding our mindset.
Life Coach Gina Covarrubias plans to “cut down on the mind chatter. Sometimes we like to think about things to our own detriment. If my thoughts aren’t useful, they will get tossed immediately like rotten fruit.”
Thinking bigger is on the 2020-To-Do-List for persuasion expert and speaker Lynne Franklin. “One of my important learns from this decade,” she says, “has been that when I set a clear goal for myself, I don’t need to have every step worked out on how to get there. Often people and resources show up (like magic!) as I need them. It’s time to have more faith in that.”
Sales speaker Mark Steele is on a similar path. “Too often, I would doubt my ability to make something uniquely amazing until I had most of the pieces figured out. In 2020, I will push myself to leap sooner!!
The Neptune Society’s Deb Kobak says, “I’m going to remember that I only can do my best and not beat myself up if some things don’t get done.”
We’re independent professionals. We need to increase sales.
At ImprovTalk, where they offer team-building and leadership workshops, Jim Mecir says his plan is to “reach out and send more emails and make more calls. It is a numbers game. Rarely do people find you.”
Workplace Futurist Marti Konstant is planning her own future. “I will think more strategically about my network and systematically set up discovery meetings.”
Corporate Storyteller Roderick Kelly is making a change farther along in the sales process. “We will hold off on drafting a proposal until after a deal is agreed upon.” Smart, right? Nothing worse than laboring over a proposal that goes nowhere.
And you can’t sell it if they don’t get it. David Panitch of Results Technology Group is out to “Increase focus on our core expertise and help our network understand what it is!”
There’s something in the air about instinct.
“I’ll trust my intuition when it comes to how I spend my time, energy, and money,” says nonprofit professional and photographer Liz Farina Markel. “I always know what the answer is, but I have to tune out the competing voices that do not have my best interests at heart and trust my heart, my brain, and my experience.”
CultureCraft Founder Nick Richtsmeier: “When something doesn’t feel right, when a person’s actions don’t match their words, when it seems powering over or powering down are the only options… I’ll step back. I’ll get quiet. I’ll get clear.”
Nick adds, “The 2010s were about using my force of will to override bad situations. The 2020s will be about a quieter, more refined strategy based on instinct.”
Ditto for leadership consultant Gregory Wade. “Trusting my instincts will be key. As we become more senior and develop even more experience (and experiences), knowing that we’ve learned a lot is super important to trusting one’s instincts.”
For some it’s all about getting things done.
Speaker and author Allie Pleiter is heading into a busy year. “So, my big goal for 2020 is to identify what I can outsource and put the systems in place to make that happen smoothly. After being a solopreneur for almost 20 years, that means tamping down my inner control freak and making some big changes in how I work!”
Similar story from Anchor Advisors’ Brad Farris. “FOCUS is my biggest change for the next decade. Doing more on fewer priorities.”
Setting fewer goals is the plan for Christine Flynn at Loyola University. “Last year I was gung-ho about getting so much accomplished that I didn’t give myself room for life to happen. Guess what? Life happened! This year I pared down my goals and I am so excited to accomplish them all!”
You know I’m on the get-‘er-done train too.
Nothing is more important for me now than making things happen. Not planning or pondering or palavering … doing is the key for me.
It’s also a challenge for me. Maybe you read about Imposter Syndrome—it dawned on me that I have dodged success by not finishing things. All kinds of things.
I’ll also be doing some of that mindset work my friends mentioned. And those calls-emails-meetings are essential too, so I can book more engagements in 2020. (This email counts as outreach if you write back to start a conversation about me speaking at your upcoming conference or event!)
How do you make sure it all happens?
You might consider an accountability partner—someone you can talk with regularly about your progress (or lack of it) with your intentions.
And you know I’m a believer in mastermind groups. They can help you develop achievable goals and report on the progress you’re making so you can keep making more.
Putting it out in public is another way to set yourself up for sticking with your plan. Let me help you manifest your intentions!
Post a comment below and tell us ow you’re going to make 2020 your year.