You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming.” – Jim Rohn
What is up!? Welcome to 2014!
I know you're probably super excited to have a kick ass year and have probably started to set some gorilla-sized goals for yourselves.
Or maybe you're just super anxious because everyone else around you seems to be setting huge goals and you're still trying to figure out what happened on New Year's Eve...
Either way, I'm here to help!
As a way to support you, I want to take the next 7 days and share with you some of the BEST strategies, tools and resources I’ve come across over the past few years around how to prioritize your priorities, manage your time, set goals, where to put your focus and all great stuff like that.
Much of this I’ve learned from other incredible people, books and mentors and have applied to my life to be my best. All of this I use in my day-to-day life and in the work I do training and coaching others.
My goal is to help you set yourself up for YOUR best possible year yet.
But before I keep going, I’ll just say this: You don’t have to take any of this advice as absolute truth. In fact, I encourage you not to. If there’s something here that resonates with you, inspires you, challenges you, that’s awesome! I’m thankful that you found that. If not, no worries, I won’t cry (in public).
I don’t consider myself to know everything about personal development (if I did, I think that would be a bit ironic) but I am super passionate about learning and I focus on positively developing myself a little bit each and every day.
My personal Why (See Simon Sinek’s TED talk, Start with Why to learn more about this) is that I believe is doing as much Good in the work as possible, becoming a bit better ever single day and helping others be their best when it matters the most). My journey in leadership, personal and community development has allowed me to take my strengths & values (we’ll talk about this at some point in the next few days) and apply them to my every day life. As the Associate Director of Training & Development at Free The Children & Me to We, and the former Executive Director of Youth Programs at the Institute for Health & Human Potential, I’ve been so fortunate to take what I learn, apply it and also share it with young people on a regular basis.
My hope for the next 7 days is this:
I want to take the next 7 days with you and share some of the most powerful and helpful tips, strategies and resources I’ve come across, use personally, and train others on in order to help them improve not just achieve your goals, but their overall quality of life and greatest potential.
If you’re a University or college student, looking at your next semester, starting to think about what you’re going to do once you graduate (or how you’re going to graduate), I think there’s some really valuable stuff coming up around setting priorities and how to focus.
If you’re just starting out in your career, my hope is that this can really help you thrive in your new environment. I spend my days training and working with a lot of people who are coming into their first job out of University/College or transitioing from one career to another.
If you’re a teenager, this stuff is for you too! In fact, I think that you have the most to benefit if you can start to build these strategies into your life now, before things start to get even more intense.
The next 7 days will be about getting to know yourself more. Some of what we talk about will be helpful for you personally, other pieces might be helpful for you if you’re starting out in a new career or are trying to decide what you really want to do with your life.
I hope that you take the tips, strategies and resources I’m sharing with you and find something that works for you. I hope that you’re able to not only get to know yourself a bit better, but to use that self-awareness and knowledge to grow. I hope that you find value in what I share. If you don’t, let me know. I love feedback!
You may not want to read everything I have to share this week, and again that’s totally cool. To give you an idea of what we’re going to cover this week, here’s a high-level break down of each of the topics we’re going to cover and when:
Day 1: Thursday, Jan 2nd – Welcome to the #SetYourself Series.
Day 2: Friday, Jan 3rd – Self Awareness – Finding Your Why.
I’ll take you through a process of starting to find your Why and how to create a Why statement that can guide you and you journey through 2014 focused on achieving all of your goals.
Day 3: Saturday, Jan 4th – Prioritizing your priorities. It’s hard to make decisions if we don’t know what our priorities are. I’ll take you through a really great process inspired by Matthew Kelly in his book, Off-Balance. You’ll walk away with a great tool that helps you prioritize your priorities in both your personal life and work, and, ultimately, become more confident in how you make decisions. One of my favs!
Day 4: Sunday, Jan 5th – Set Yourself Sunday – Setting yourself up for a productive and successful week. I'll take you through the process I go through every Sunday in order to set myself up for a powerful week. If there is one strategy I use that makes the most difference in my life, this is it!
Day 5: Monday, Jan 6th – Strengths & Values. Hold on it’s about to get reflective in here! We’ll talk about how we can you use them to achieve your goals, find your perfect career and generally be more awesome. Super helpful for anyone currently trying to figure out what to do with their lives.
Day 6: Tuesday, Jan 7th – Creating a personal advisory board. Simple steps to building your own personal brand & creating genuine connections
Day 7: Wednesday, Jan 8th – Sustain the Change – Some of the most important things you can do in order to make sure this kind of change is sustainable long-term.
Bonus: Live the Questions: some of the most important questions I’ve ever asked myself and how they’ve helped me grow, achieve and find happiness.
So what do you think? Did I miss anything that would be helpful for you? If so, throw me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or reach out to me on Twitter or LinkedIn with your suggestions, questions or comments.
Live the Questions,
Matt Tod is an international speaker, leadership facilitator, writer and lover of all things Zombie-related.