Congratulations! You’re this close to making it through another year and starting a whole new one. Yippee!
And, if you ask me, part of what makes this time of year so exciting is the potential for positive transformation in the new year.
But guess what? True transformations don’t happen by accident. If you want an amazing 2020, you have to PLAN for an amazing 2020.
Over the past few weeks I’ve encouraged you to evaluate this past year, create your own (free—or practically free) daily planner, and now—well, now it’s time to make your big plans for 2020!
I’ve compiled a list of questions to help you get a handle on what you want to do in 2020, along with how to get you there.
I’d encourage you to really spend some time with these questions and give them some deep thought. You also don’t necessarily have to write them all out in order, but I’m going to challenge you to finish them all.
And, you may discover that as you answer some questions, your answers to others may change. Be open to the process and be willing to explore all of the possibilities that 2020 could hold.
Ready? Let’s dive in!
What do you want more of in 2020?
Here’s a short list of possible words to choose from. Feel free to add words; just be sure that they’re things you can be in control of! For example, “respect” might not work if it requires other people to respect you—you can’t control that—but “self-respect” absolutely works.
Let’s start with an overview of goals in each of the key areas of your life. Be aware, though, that these might be likely to change as you do more thinking about the details!
What’s your greatest family goal for 2020?
What’s your greatest health goal for 2020?
What’s your greatest relationship goal for 2020?
What’s your greatest friendships goal for 2020?
What’s your greatest fun goal for 2020?
What’s your greatest career goal for 2020?
Since we’re pretty career-oriented around here, I’m going to give you some deep-dive questions for your career and career goals, but you’ll also find that you can adapt nearly all of these to help you think about the goals in the other areas of your life.
What are the characteristics of the kind of job you want to be doing for a living? Be thorough!
Does your current job meet those characteristics?
If not, why aren’t you doing the job you want to be doing for a living? (List out your answers)
For each, ask yourself, “How can I change this?” (Hint: “I can’t” isn’t a real answer. If you REALLY needed to, you could change anything.)
What do you need to accomplish to be doing what you want to do for a living?
What is the very first, smallest step you can take on that path?
How much do you want to be making for a living? (Not just necessarily in 2020, but as a whole.) Do you need to change your current job or add a side hustle to meet that goal?
How much money do you want to make in 2020?
Is there any ramp up time involved? (Will you need time for learning/training, building up clientele, etc?)
Minus the ramp-up time, how much will you need to make per week to meet your goal? Per hour? (It is A-OK to estimate that ramp-up time; we’re looking for estimates here.)
What do you need to know, be, do, or have to do what you want to do for a living?
What do you need to know, be, do, or have to make what you want to make this year?
Do you need to invest in yourself in order to make this happen? If so, how will you finance this? (Savings, a credit card with a plan to pay it off, a loan from a friend or family member, taking on part-time or short-term work, etc.)
Motivation is garbage – it will wane because that’s what it does. Knowing that you have to rely on action instead of motivation, what small action(s) will you take each day to move toward your goal?
What commitment(s) are you willing to make to ensure that 2020 is your best year yet?
Your daily schedule proves what you TRULY value. If necessary, what are you willing to give up to reach your goals?
What word or phrase do you want to be your theme for 2020? Why?
And there you have it! I’d love to hear what your theme will be for 2020—if you’re up for it, share it in the comments below! (Mine? It’s “uplevel”!)
Also, if becoming a professional copywriter is one of your goals—making great money as a writer, creating a career the way you want it, and working with creative, dynamic people who respect and value what you do—then you’re definitely going to want to keep your eyes on your email over the next couple of days…