I’ve set resolutions.
Picked words for the year.
Filled out workbooks to map out my plan.
Created vision boards.
And while these have all been awesome strategies, they’re not strategies that have worked for me. The reason; I lost my interest in them half way into the year.
I can’t tell you why and maybe that’s not truly important. What is important; I’ve become painfully aware of how passive I’ve been with my life and my business to this point.
OK, so maybe that’s a tad harsh...
Good things have happened and I’m very grateful. I’ve worked on my own personal growth and on the growth of my business, but I’m not satisfied with the efforts I’ve put forth. And that’s what it comes down to. I feel like rather than putting pedal to the metal consistently, I've taken my foot off the gas pedal and just coasted for most of the time.
I want more from myself then just to coast most of the time. I have more in me, dammit! Much more and I’m committed to that more! Particularly since this year feels monumental to me. I’m turning 50 right before the New Year begins. The big 5-0 ...and BIG it feels.
While I don’t feel as if I’m running out of time, I do feel it's time to do things differently. I need, no... I want to show up in ways that I’ve not shown up before. And that means leaving behind the smallness, the coasting, the playing it safe.
THE QUOTE THAT SUMS IT UP
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
Yes! I want to live out loud and not in a “look at me” sort of way, but in a way that makes a much bigger, much more positive impact.
So what’s going to be different in 2017 then all the years past?
What’s going to help me to live out loud like never before?
Clarity and finding steps that I can not only use, but that I can stay committed to.
With journal in hand, that is what I’ve begun doing. Creating the clarity and the steps I need to live out loud. Unlike years past, I’m putting pen to paper. I’m writing unscripted. I’m following my intuition and just allowing whatever needs to come up, come out of me.
AN INSIDE LOOK INTO THE CLARITY STEPS
Here are the steps that have come up and out of me so far;
Step #1: Define what it means & what it looks like to live out loud. ✔
Step # 2: Craft a vision for living out loud ✔
Step #3: Create goals for that vision. Not just any goals, but goals that are “loud” (a.k.a goals to stretch me) and that connect with my own values. ✔
Step #4: Complete a "year at a glance" intuitive reading to gain insight into what 2017 has in store in relation to my vision. What’s going to support me and any roadblocks that I need to be aware of in advance. ✔
Step #5: Expand upon goals and create action-ables for each, making sure that anything I do is deeply connected to my values. No more coasting for me! – IN PROCESS
Step #6: Create a plan for implementation – STILL TO COME
Step #7: Implement Plan – STILL TO COME
While not all of the steps are complete, this already feels much different to my New Year’s planning from years past.
I’m excited to get loud!
And I’m ready!
My friends, I now turn to you. I invite you to live louder this next year in whatever ways suit you. I invite you to make your mark in only the ways that you can. I invite you to step out bigger and bolder than you’ve ever done before.
I know it may feel scary. Hell, I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t scared. But here’s the one thing I know and I’m counting on…we’ve got this! We do!
I believe in our abilities to make things happen. I believe in who we are and what we are capable of doing.
If you aren’t quite feeling that belief, no worries, I’ve got you. You can hold on to the belief that I have in you until you create your own. Just know, whatever we can imagine we can make happen.
Who’s with me? Who’s ready to kick up the volume and make 2017 the year of living out loud?
Until next time, much love and light being sent your way...