DISCOVER WHAT ENERGISES YOU: look back over the past few months – when did you feel energised and fully alive? What were you doing? Who were you with? Now think about how you could get more of that into your life. You’ll feel stronger as a result.
EXPERIENCE AWE: go outside into nature by the sea or climb a mountain or spend some time under the stars on a clear night. We weren’t meant to spend over 90% of our time indoors. When you get a sense of the physical vastness surrounding you, it can be awe-inspiring and give you a different perspective on your life.
WRITE YOUR OWN OBITUARY: imagine you are reading over someone’s shoulder. They are telling the story of your life. What does it say about you, your accomplishments, your lifestyle, your legacy? Are you on track, living your life focusing on what really matters?
INTENTION: set yourself a theme for the year ahead. Choose a word that fits with what you really want to focus on in 2024, eg present, consistency, growth. Put an alert on your phone or a reminder in your diary to review your word at the end of each day. Eg to what extent today was I fully present at home, at work, to myself?
MY IDEAL WEEK: imagine you’ve just had an ideal week. What did you do? What did you accomplish? How do you feel? What does that tell you about what you really want more of or less of?
SET A GOAL FOR YOURSELF: if you did nothing else in 2024, what do you want to have accomplished by the end of the year? What is most important to you about this goal? What will your life be when you achieve this goal?
IDENTIFY AND REMOVE OBSTABLES: sometimes there’s something in your life that holds you back or keeps you stuck. What might that be for you? It may be your own thoughts and feelings or the judgement of others. Our brains play tricks on us and tell us lies. It’s helpful to ask, is that really true?
TAKE ACTION: imagine it’s a year from now and you’ve accomplished your goal. What steps have you taken to achieve this goal? Write them out. What resources do you have to help you? How will you celebrate achieving your goal?
CONNECT: spend time with people who support you and want you to fulfill your potential. Tell them about your goal and give them a role. They could be a cheerleader offering you encouragement or a coach, helping you to become a better version of yourself.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF: notice the way you speak to yourself. Speak to yourself the way you would to a child or someone you love dearly. Often, we beat ourselves up when we don’t reach our own expectations or those of others. Our self-talk becomes negative and judgemental, which impacts how we treat others.
If you would like to find out more about how my new ‘Release Your Brakes’ Positive Intelligence Coaching course starting in February could help leaders like you let go of limiting fears and restricting beliefs to lead a more purposeful and happy life, I’d love to hear from you! Find out more about this programme here: https://lisastrutt.co.uk/release-your-brakes/