And now, I tender to you my Annual plan for 2016, which I have dubbed “Sing For Your Supper”.
I chose 8 areas for my 2016 growth: Singing, Nutrition, Financial, Movement, Storytelling, Educating, Adventure and Languages.
In Quarter 1, “R&D,” I will deeply research topics within the above areas.
In Quarter 2, “Execution,” I will design and execute processes related to the areas I researched.
In Quarter 3, “All Systems Go,” I will systematize and automate these executed processes.
In Quarter 4 “Do-Over,” I will re-evaluate, tweak and re-execute on these topics.
In addition to working toward certain objectives, I have chosen a number of daily and weekly habits that I will implement throughout the year. Examples include: “sing ten minutes every day” “speak Chinese daily,” “mindful presence,” “gratitude” and “language study.”
“Singing” is a major theme of my life, so I chose it as my main theme for 2016 for a number of reasons. Many of my current goals intertwine in that I am finding my own voice, with respect to singing, speaking and telling stories. I lack both knowledge and confidence in these areas, so decided to tackle them head-on. I have already begun my information gathering and learning process, and am enjoying the heck out of being a newbie/beginner again.
I struggled with both healthy nutrition and physical activity in 2015, especially while on the road. I have re-prioritized them from last year, but this year I am focusing on things I can implement anywhere in the world, rather than on gym memberships, good-cook-roommates and specific restaurants. The latter were great while I was living at my long-term accommodations, but fell apart the moment I left to travel. Since I spent over half the year traveling, this resulted in a hard fail in these areas for large chunks of time, so I want to do better.
Another huge pivot from last year is that I am moving from Sales into Marketing in both my position at Trialfacts and in my online courses. The stars have aligned and smacked me upside the head numerous times pointing me in this direction, so I finally took the hint and jumped in the ocean that is marketing. I feel an excited anticipatory buzz about this, like I’m finally paying attention to the Universe, and am looking forward to seeing how it pans out.
I will continue to prioritize languages, because learning and using them make my heart sing. I succeeded wildly with Chinese last year, and will maintain that over the coming year, and bring a couple more languages up to conversational fluency. I have no idea why, but in my head, speaking “half a dozen” languages is the bar to qualify as a polyglot. I want to live up to my “Mindful Polyglot” moniker, so I have to drag a few more languages up to that level so I can claim my title confidently.
I have included an overall summary below for your reading pleasure.
Goals for end of 2016:
A) Singing: Publicly Perform “Defying Gravity” from Wicked.
B) Nutrition: 50% of diet raw fruits & veggies, 7-day candida cleanse
C) Financial: Buy new laptop, long-term savings to $6,000
D) Movement: 10-15 min exercise in home, 60 minutes total activity per day, at least 30 of which is cardio, 5 days per week, take one trip with the express purpose of trying a new physical activity
E) Storytelling: Design, execute, systematize, automate, tweak & re-design Marketing Plan for Trialfacts and my own business, read 45 business-related books, read/watch 450 business-related blog posts or videos
F) Educating: Release four new courses on Udemy and Teachable, 10,000 students in my courses, publish 30 personal blog posts and/or videos
G) Adventure: Visit 4-6 new countries, 24 totally new experiences (2/month), attend two inspirational conferences, visit USA twice, take a shower on an airplane
H) Languages: Speak 6 languages with conversational fluency (B2 level), attend an Esperanto conference
Does that seem like a lot? It sure seems like a lot to me! Though do keep in mind that I have an entire year to take action on these. As in 2015, my secret is that I aim high, then be gentle and compassionate with myself when I only accomplish part of my goals. I utterly failed to meet 30% of my goals in 2015, and expect a similar ratio in 2016. Not only am I okay with that, but I feel thrilled about getting started and seeing how far I can get, and finding out what happens when I dig my hands into the fertile soil of my dreams and start planting and building things and taking a look at what I create by the end of 2016.
If I fail, then I have learned something from the process, and can try again next year. But at least this way I know which direction I am aiming for, and can get excited and dream about the possibilities my future holds as I make headway on these wonderfully complex and satisfying challenges.
What are your goals for 2016? Or are you just making resolutions you’ll ditch within a week? Share in the comments below!