How to Choose an Effective Word or Theme for your New Year

 

Every year - and sometimes more often than once in a year - I create a visual strategic plan for the results I want to achieve and as a reminder of how I will feel when I achieve those goals.

I developed my own process several years ago based on a lifetime of experience with vision boards, goal setting and strategic planning. I also encompassed other best practices for visualization, focus and accountability. 

My process was so effective for me and some friends that I created an online, self-guided version of my methodology called the Visual Encore Plan.

One of the seven elements of the Visual Encore Plan is to choose a word that has significance and is motivating.

To celebrate the beginning of a new year, new you and new success, I am happy to share this concept with my compliments:

Excerpt from the Visual Encore Plan, Module Seven:

Choose a single word or short phrase that encapsulates your intention for the next 12 months or the term of your Encore Plan.

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How 2020 Brought my WHY into Sharper Focus

 

As we approach the end of year 2020, I would like to reach out to family, friends, new and old relationships around the world, and wish you each the very best of health, joy and abundance.

I reflect on all that has happened. Not all of this bizarre year in history was easy or welcome but many events pushed me to stretch my capabilities, learn new skills, create new collaborations and start new businesses.

I made new friends, reached more and different audiences and moved closer to my goals on Identity, Influence and Impact.

In less than 12 months: I revamped The Encore Catalyst - shifting its focus from reluctant retirees to eager encore seekers! My WHY is helping others to know their WHY and help them star in the life they design - their Encore! Together, we are setting the stage for exciting new purposes, careers, businesses, inventions, passions, relationships and more!

My next step was to launch The Encore Academy - an online education platform, created by women, about women and...

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Groundhog Day - Don't be like Bill

According to U.S. News, 80% of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by the second week in February – ironically, just after Groundhog Day!

 

If you don't want your life to resemble a sequel to the iconic 1993 movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray, you have to shake some things up, peer deep into your soul, invite change just like the seasons and, most important, have a vision of what your “not-more-of-the-same-drama" life could look like.

At the end of each calendar year, I peer down my proverbial groundhog hole. But rather than wait for sun or cloud to reveal my future – I prioritize creation of an updated visual representation of the future I desire.

No doubt there are some aspects of 2020 we do not wish to repeat in the new year.

Do you have a list of “I am so done with that!” ?

What a nightmare it would be to continue to wake up day after day and relive the circumstances that keep us stuck, unsatisfied and...

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Once Upon a Time is NOW - What is in your Future

 

The expression ‘Once Upon a Time’ conjures up thoughts for me of a time when things were different, perhaps better, or at least simpler.

Generally, these are times fondly or romantically remembered but not always.

Once Upon a Time suggests a state of suspended history that we can look back on.

Today, as we near the end of this historic year, and I reflect back to the past months, it does seem that the world has lived in a dark fairy tale while our land was cursed with a pandemic.

All the kingdoms in the world were under siege from a villainous virus that threatened the lives and livelihoods of their citizens and the sustainability of many businesses.

I am not trying to make light of the negative and traumatic events of this past year by suggesting we have been living in some storybook or cartoon. But I think that you can see that there are some parallels with good old fashioned ‘Once Upon a Time’ narratives.

We know from stories of childhood bedtimes that...

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