365 Days of Courage #10: Make 90 Day Resolutions ...
I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions for lots of reasons. One reason is that once the enthusiasm and excitement of the first couple of weeks has waned, it's so easy to never really figure out Plan B. What are you going to focus on in the year ahead now that your resolutions have fallen by the wayside?!
I am a HUGE fan of the book, The 12 Week Year, by Brian Moran. I first started using it with my business coaching clients at Ink: The Story Studio when we were developing strategies for their businesses. But then I started using it in my own life (personal and business) and my business clients started applying it to their personal lives too, not just to their businesses.
The subtitle of the book is "Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months." Now that I'm 50, I really, really, really want to maximize the weeks, months and years ahead. To really make the most of the time that is left.
There is a poem that I love by the poet, Nayyirah Waheed, who writes:
She expresses so beautifully exactly how I feel about this next chapter of my life. The heartfelt desire to live in such a way that I live both the length and the breadth of the years ahead.
What I also love about planning 12 weeks at a time is that if life gets in the way - which it has for me during the past 12 weeks with two trips home to the UK to take care of both of my parents - you only lose a few weeks rather than a whole year.
I highly recommend this book. If you go to The 12 Week Year website, you can sign up for the free Getting Started Course which is really helpful.
This is STEP THREE of the process I have outlined in my most recent 365 Days of Courage posts.
Step One is writing down your vision for your life 3 to 5 years from now - you will write it in as much detail as possible;
Step Two is writing down the projects you want to do in the next 12 months that will put you on track to create that longer-term vision. What foundational pieces need to be put in place in the next 12 months?
Step Three is deciding which of those projects you will do in the next 90 days. There might be an obvious chronological order to some of the projects on your 12 month list. If some of the projects could be completed in any order, I advise my clients to either pick the projects that excite them the most or pick the projects that eliminate the biggest obstacle or obstacles to some of the other projects in the list. I will talk about creating your 12 week plan in more detail in the week ahead.
You can also read the posts below where I have talked about the first two steps I take to create my 12 week plans: