Spring – a time to start again?
I love spring time.
Nature shows us that things can be reborn, renewed, start again. And nature does it with such ease. It happens every year, with no input from humans. In fact if we got involved, we’d probably mess it up!
In the winter, nature goes into hibernation. Trees and plants look dead, bare and as though nothing is happening. But underneath they’re preparing for spring. Replenishing, resting, getting ready to launch into bloom.
We can learn something from nature. There are many times in our lives, even on an annual or monthly basis where we might feel that we aren’t achieving very much, we aren’t getting done everything we want to do. Maybe its decluttering the house. Maybe its reorganising your desk or your filing, or doing your tax return. Perhaps you have new targets at work and intend to sit down and spend some time planning how you could approach those targets.
Maybe you’re looking at how you do things and wondering if you want to change your approach either for different results, or just because you’re bored of the way you’ve been doing things and want to shake it up a little?!
We can always start again.
I’ve written previously about new year’s resolutions and how we shouldn’t beat ourselves up if we don’t stick to them. If it’s something we want, we start again. We can always start again with our monthly or annual planning, with the health routine or the diet we really want to implement, with new habits we want to cement.
Perhaps right now after the year we’ve all had, we need a fresh start of some sort? A mindset reset perhaps.
Every day is a new day, every minute is a new minute. I’m a fan of using Spring as “new year”. We might be in hibernation and planning mode in January but by the Spring, ready to take action. The days are longer, it’s lighter and warmer.
There’s positivity and possibility in the air.
This year maybe more than ever before, I’ve felt a sense that Spring is bringing more positivity and possibility. A time to look forward with more optimism than we have for a long time.
Could this Springtime be a time for you to take some action you’ve been putting off or procrastinating over? Or maybe a time to start a new routine if the lockdown one is a) boring you or b) you know you’ve developed habits that aren’t really working for you?
If so, my Spring challenge for you is to give yourself the gift of a little time to think. Time to consider what you want from the rest of 2021, whether this is personal or work related, or a combination of both.
If you’d like a little bit more, I’ve set out here a goal setting and planning process you might like to try. This process can be used in whatever stage you’re at right now.
First – write down your priorities
I would suggest a maximum of three. Which three things are most important to you right now?
This might be:
- Improving your mental or physical health
- Getting a better handle on your finances or
- Making a new contact or finding a new client.
Second – write down your long term goal, or your vision
Think perhaps 12 months or 3 years from now. What do you want life to look like?
What is your “dream” or “plan” for the longer term. Dream Big!
Third – write down your first milestone towards your goal
For this think 3 months into the future. What could you achieve in the next 3 months that would place you one step closer to the long term goal?
Fourth – write down what barriers are in your way
What is, or could be, stopping you from achieving these long and short term goals?
Is it lack of time, lack of finances, lack of knowledge about the best next steps? Fear of the unknown or fear that you can’t do it?
Realisation is really half of the battle, understanding what could hold you back, will help you find solutions if and when these barriers pop up.
Finally – what are your 3-month actions towards that first milestone?
Again, I would suggest a maximum of three actions/milestones.
What small steps can you take in the next 3 months to get you to the 3-month goal you’ve set? There is a lot of evidence that planning in 3-month chunks is the most effective time frame, so use that to your advantage.
For a worked example you can use to create your own planner and a blank worksheet to complete the exercise, click here to download.
Did you know?
If you get clear on your goals and write these down, you will be 42% more likely to achieve them! Write them down and put them somewhere you will see them often like a post it note on your laptop or by the kettle!
By finding someone to keep you accountable (and check in with you regularly) you will be 85-95% more likely to achieve them, that’s why coaching and mentoring is so powerful!
If you’d like an extra boost towards achieving your goals, consider creating a morning success routine for yourself. You can find more details about this in my blog post, Good to Great.
Do join us in our Free Facebook Community for the legal profession, Legally Speaking, your one stop shop for networking, mini trainings and support. We can provide you with weekly accountability towards your goals.
For coaching/mentoring support in making the changes you’d like to make, do get in touch for a chat at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to know what your plans are for the rest of 2021, and if I can support you in achieving them.