Besides our health, time is the most precious gift we have. We should all really be a lot more protective of our time and how we spend it, because if we don’t spend our time chasing our dreams and doing the things that make our hearts sing, we are caught up doing things that drain us or help others build their dreams.

This just leads to emotional and physical exhaustion or feelings that we are somehow just marking time and existing instead of actually living.

Make this the year thayou invest in creating the life you want and find the happiness and fulfillment that seems to have been eluding you. One of the single most empowering things you can do for yourself, is to set goals for the various areas of your life that you wish to improve, and to then take small, daily steps in the direction of positive change.

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“Awareness precedes Change”

From ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’

Know what you’re working with

When we know better, we can do better. One of the most powerful coaching tools we can use in order to create a starting point, goals and purpose, is the ‘wheel of life’ exercise. You can complete the exercise in a matter of minutes and get a visual representation of exactly which of the eight areas in your life are out of balance or falling short of where you would like things to be.

There are loads of free worksheets available online, or you can use an app like “lifewheelgoals” (free) or “wheel of life by Pocket Coach”. The latter allows you not only to set goals and track progress, but guides you by asking the types of questions of you that a life coach would ask.

Use the 90/90/1 Principle to Smash your Goals

I first learned of this principle for spectacular productivity and outrageous results, from Robin Sharma.

Identify the one, single most important thing you want to work on. Set yourself a clear goal and then spend the first 90 minutes of every day – when you are physically and mentally at your best and strongest – for 90 days, actually working towards that goal.

I personally find that this principle works best if the goal relates to health/wellness, personal development or career.

“The things that get scheduled, get done”

Oprah Winfrey

Schedule like a BOSS

If you have set the intention to work on your relationships or spend more time having fun or improve your physical health and fitness, you need to actually schedule and make the time to do these things. Make these goals a priority and politely decline invitations that don’t align with this intention. Why spend an hour having lunch with a coworker who drains your emotional energy, when you could rather be learning something new they will improve your career or financial prospects, or you could FaceTime with a friend who is important to you?

I know this may all seem a little daunting right now, but you won’t make any progress if you don’t take the first step in the right direction. Creating a great life doesn’t happen by accident, it happens by design and YOU are the only person who can design the life that is perfect for you and then put in the work to make it a reality.