How to Have an Amazingly Satisfying Year

I started taking stock of my year in 2002. I found it useful at the end of the year to list what I have accomplished, what I am thrilled about, what I wished had turned out differently, what I am proud of, what I learned, what were the pleasant surprises, and the not so pleasant ones, what I want to develop as a habit, and what I want to do differently in the future.

My plan for 2005 is to make it the most amazingly satisfying year yet. If you follow these simple steps and do the work, you can have incredible results too.

First Figure out What You Want

In order for the year to be satisfying, the results and outcome of your actions have to fulfill YOUR needs, expectations, wishes, and desires. So, naturally the first step is to figure out what those needs, wishes and desires are.

To do that, set aside some time, find a quiet place, arm yourself with a pad and pen and complete the exercise below. List the different areas in your life that are important to you. Here's a typical list to get you started: your health, your financial situation, your relationships, and your career. You can use these or substitute some items or add to them.

Next, choose one area; any one is fine as long as it has importance to you. Then list the needs and desires that you have regarding this area of your life. When you run out of needs, then move on to the next area you want to achieve results in, and start listing your needs and desires for that area. What usually happens is that one area will trigger additional thoughts about another one. So, you don't need to be systematic about this. You just want to get through all the areas you want to focus on, and get as complete a list as possible.

Now that you know your desires, converts those into outcomes that will satisfy these desires. For example, one of your desires may be to improve your financial situation. The outcome that satisfies that desire is to have a reserve fund in the bank. So, go through your list of desires and define your outcomes.

Then convert your outcomes into goals. Building on our example, a goal could be to have put aside a reserve fund of $5,000 by the end of the year. Check how well you have defined your goals by verifying that they are specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and time-based. Go through your list and convert your outcomes into goals.

My suggestion on developing goals is to try to have a selection of short-term (1-3 months), medium-term (around 6 months) and long-term goals (1 or more years). It is important that you have all three because if your list consists only of big, hairy, long-term goals, it is hard to keep yourself motivated. But if you can celebrate accomplishing a few goals each quarter, it is much easier to keep going.

Now Figure out What You Have to Do

By now, you might be a little overwhelmed because you have 4 pages of goals. So, it is time to prioritize. Review your list, and rank the importance of each goal. Choose a simple system, like assigning them a rank of 1, 2 or 3, with 1 being the most important to you. I have to stress again that this is about what is important to YOU, not what you are expected to care about, or what society thinks should be important to you. Unless you truly care about the outcome, you will find it hard to motivate yourself when it comes time for action.

Now select the most important goals you want to work on. Don't discard the rest, just put them aside till you have time for them. Now, convert the goals into actions ? what do you have to do to accomplish the goal?

Again, building on our example: to save $5000 in a year, you have to put aside $420 a month. Can you do that? How? One action might be to establish a monthly budget that enables you to set aside that amount each month. Or another action might be to review your monthly expenses and decided what you can cut out to enable you to contribute to the reserve fund. Put as much detail as you can in your actions. Make sure that you give yourself deadlines for completing them. If you have an on-going action (like working out 3 times a week), assign yourself the action to develop a tracking system to let you know whether you are sticking to that commitment of not.

Now you have your road-map for the whole year. All you have to do is to take the actions needed for success. Do a check-in quarterly to see how you are progressing. Make adjustment based on what you have done and what might have changed in your life (nothing should be set in stone). Celebrate all your successes along the way, and just keep going. At the end of the year, you will be amazed at all that you have accomplished, and how good you will feel.

© 2004 Inez O. Ng

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Do you need some structure and accountability to propel you forward? Personal Coach Inez Ng has worked with professionals and entrepreneurs to transform their aspirations into reality. While focusing on specific areas, her coaching positively impacts all areas of her clients' lives. Learn more about coaching with Inez at http://www.RealizationsUnltd.com

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Explaining the Wild's run of success
Minneapolis Star Tribune
So this seems to be a good time to examine why the Wild has been successful. To do that, let's look at three things: One is an area that was a strength last year and still is this year; one is a weakness that the Wild is cleaning up; and one is a ...

and more »

Forbes

How Your Mission In Life Defines Your Degree Of Success
Forbes
Samantha's success lay down on great doses of education, hard work, and luck powered by a clear and well-defined life mission. Since a very early stage, she showcased a natural tendency toward the sky and worked consequently to reach it and bring it to ...


Wall Street Journal

Big Cities' Success Reflects Deepening Urban-Rural Divide
Wall Street Journal
Decisions by Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google to add tens of thousands of jobs to New York and the Washington area reflect a growing divide in the U.S.. A few big cities, particularly on the coasts, are soaking up high-tech talent and are ...
Amazon selects New York City and Northern Virginia for new headquarters - The Amazon Blog - About AmazonThe Amazon Blog - About Amazon

all 7,445 news articles »

Deseret News

Real Salt Lake players upbeat heading into offseason after playoff success
Deseret News
This year the team got into the playoffs, and even though it didn't play particularly well in the final month of the regular season, the players believe they've laid a foundation for future success with so many young players making meaningful ...


Forbes

'Fallout 76' Is A Success In Spite Of All Its Pointless Online Nonsense
Forbes
Today is officially launch day for Fallout 76, but in an endless parade of Bethesda's ongoing bugs with the game, it launched in some regions and some platforms early yesterday. This also comes after a number of limited time betas, so many players ...


Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia Bulldogs finding success in two-minute offense
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Although the Georgia offense has had its challenges inside its opponents' 5-yard line, the Bulldogs have proved to be quite potent with two minutes remaining in the first half. Against Florida on Oct. 27, Georgia moved 75 yards in seven plays – four of ...

and more »

Harvard Business Review

5 Ways Smart People Sabotage Their Success
Harvard Business Review
Very smart people sometimes see their success as inevitable because of their intellect, and don't see other skills as important. For example, an individual who finds workplace diplomacy difficult might write this off as an irritation rather than as a ...


The Boston Globe

Surprise success of 'Christmas Prince' has Netflix planning a royal wedding
The Boston Globe
When “A Christmas Prince” first bowed on Netflix last November, few involved with the saccharine holiday special — which gets a sequel this year in “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding”— could have predicted the warm welcome it would receive from ...


Kansas Jayhawks (press release)

Four KU teams record perfect scores in latest Graduation Success Rate data
Kansas Jayhawks (press release)
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Four Kansas teams registered 100 percent graduation success rates, while another six KU programs registered at least 80 percent, according to the latest data released by the NCAA Wednesday. Jayhawk teams recorded a combined 83 ...
Michigan athletics has school-record graduation success rateDetroit Free Press
Bulls show mild uptick in graduation success rateTampa Bay Times
IU men's basketball hits perfect Graduation Success Rate score247Sports
Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site (press release) -NJ.com -NCAA.org
all 86 news articles »

Cointelegraph

October ICO Market Overview: Trends, Capitalization, Localization, Success Rate
Cointelegraph
The ICO market indicators are still far from the high levels of some months ago, for instance, June 2018 record with 253 successful ICOs and $1.5 billion raised. However October shows some signs of recovery after September's minimum. The long-lasting ...

and more »
Google News

Do You Need A Change Of Mind?

Napoleon Hill, the famous inspirational writer, once met a reader... Read More

Reach Your Goals - Friendly Competition

Friendly competition Get together with a group of like-minded friends... Read More

The High Cost of Doing Nothing

Cost is sometimes a difficult term to define. Here, we... Read More

How To Stop Having Problems

If you are like me you have probably lost a... Read More

The Only Option is to Succeed

With the end of the year fast approaching, now is... Read More

How to Make Success a Habit

Want to make success a habit in your life? If... Read More

Do You Really Want To Be Successful In Life?

How many times have people asked you what you really... Read More

I Don?t Believe in Failures

I prefer to call the challenges, obstacles, side-tracks, and barriers... Read More

Make The Second Half The Best Half

Something happens when you come to the intersection... Read More

Self-Improvement Secrets

* Perfectionism is a time waster.Strive for excellence on important... Read More

One Step at a Time the Bowling Ball up the Ladder of Success!

I have often been asked the question, "What is true... Read More

15 Success Secrets Of The Strongest Men In The World

The 2004 final of the World's Strongest Man METRx Championship... Read More

Extend Your Influence Without Shortening Your Life

Please repeat these four words out loud: "Maximum Impact....Minimal Touch"... Read More

Success -- A Secret and A Formula

Are you looking for the secret or magical formula for... Read More

Hidden Gems in a Quote: From Henry David Thoreau I have learned, that if one advances...

"I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the... Read More

Think of Wealth and Become Wealthy

Our thought are magnetic ! Like a magnet we attract... Read More

Signs Along the Road to Achievement

One of the first things most of us remember hearing... Read More

Top 5 Sources of Energy Drain

Along with time and money, energy is one of your... Read More

Its Your World--Own It

Hello,You are reading this article because you are one of... Read More

Expect Success to Stay Self-Motivated and Get Great Results

If you called my office you will hear my voice... Read More

Think Yourself To Success

-- The One Pager Shortcut Series --What are the sharpest... Read More

Do You Fear Your Own Success?

Noted author and self-worth teacher Eric Butterworth* says, "Poverty is... Read More

Remembering What You Read - Nine Effective Strategies

Reading lots these days? Having trouble remembering and recalling? For... Read More

Why Pain?: An Understanding of Pain as a Necessary Part of Personal Growth

Champions expect pain, endure pain, and never complain. ---UnknownAfter so... Read More

Dont View Your Failures As Being Final

Do not make the mistake of looking at your failures... Read More