I usually do a vision board exercise with my children around new years. We plan our holiday for the year. All three of us focus on it, and have fun with it. We put it on our study wall and it usually stays there for a couple of weeks. We always get that holiday.
The holiday season arrived, and life got busier still. Like many other people started to think about setting new goals for the coming year. Even though I did not actually block time off to sit down and think about it, it was always at the back of my mind.
Then one day I had an Ah Ha moment. I had an inspired thought, that got me all excited. This year I would Pre-pave instead of Plan.
I know a lot of people plan what they are going to do in the new year. A lot of resolutions are made, a lot of promises are made. Business owners make their annual projections, employees submit their annual goals, all of us lay the old year to rest and put a whole lot of new stuff into our vortex for the next twelve months of our lives.
I do believe that planning is a great exercise, because it makes us focus on what we want in the future.
I submit to you here that even bigger than "Planning" is "Pre-paving" the new year. Pre-paving is what makes a planning exercise complete. It is what energizes the plan.
Pre-paving is the Emotional aspect of the Planning exercise.
I've had many years of planning first in the corporate world and then as an independent business owner.
I know first hand that plans have the ability to make you happy because you "know" they are achievable, and they also have the power to make you miserable when you feel that they are "too big a stretch". And now from my Abraham vantage point, I know that the only plans worth having are the ones that make you feel good.
So what does a pre-paved plan look like?
Simple really, here's how I broke it down:
I've got my envelope sealed and put away already. I do believe that pre-paving is the missing link that makes all planning exercises work. I am so excited to see how this works!
Much love and appreciation,