Crafting Your Vision: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Fulfilling YearJan 12, 2024
Life has a way of competing with our dreams – especially as women. We are constantly trying to keep up with our jobs and families and it is SO easy to not stop and think about what it is we often want to DO and BE in life. I love January for this reason; it is the perfect opportunity to plan how we want this amazing year to be. Life planning is not about making a to-do list; it is a way of creating our futures, making our goals come true, and dancing to the rhythm of our deepest desires.
SO many times I have created New Year's resolutions that were completely abandoned as the year unfolded. Until it hit me: I need to craft a vision for myself—a vision that goes beyond mere goals and dives into the core of who I am—that is when things started to change.
So as you know, once a year I retreat (each Jan.) At these retreats I find the courage to dream big & outline aspirations that resonate with the very essence of my being. I don’t just dream and think; I identify the goals that set my soul on fire and that make my heart happy. When I do this, I find my goals are not just things to do; they are ways to show LIVE in a way that matters most to me. This harmony between what I value and what I want to do becomes the strong base for my vision.
So, are you excited to create a vision for 2024 that reflects the very best of who you are?
(PS, it is not too late to join me at REVIVE: New Brave Enough Retreat 2024. Imagine immersing yourself in a community of incredible women, all sharing the same goal of wanting nothing but to finally experience a purposeful year ahead. This is an intimate, all-inclusive getaway at the luxurious Garza Blanca Hotel and Resort Spa in Cancun, Mexico. Picture yourself surrounded by breathtaking luxury as you rejuvenate in a high-touch, exclusive atmosphere. Happening this January 18th to 21st of 2024, save your last-minute spot HERE.)
Why is Life Planning is Crucial?
Life planning goes beyond setting vague resolutions. It involves creating a roadmap for your future, a vision that reflects your aspirations, values, and desires. It is about intentional living, steering your life in a direction that brings you fulfillment.
One of the biggest decisions I had to make last year was cutting down my time at the hospital. During those moments, I felt a bit lost. I had these big goals in mind, but they were like floating clouds—I could not grab onto them. Then, I started planning my life aligned with what made me happy, what I wanted to achieve, and what I valued the most—my well-being.
As I did this, my goals became clearer, like putting puzzle pieces together. It was not just about saying, "I want this or that." It was about creating a step-by-step plan to get there. And you know what? It worked! Now, I felt more in control and that decision now started to make more sense.
As we kick off this year, carve out some dedicated time just for you to plan and envision the life you want. To set the mood for this introspective journey, consider immersing yourself in music or tuning into my podcast.
Picture this: a cozy space, your favorite tunes enveloping you, or my podcast offering valuable insights and guidance as you immerse yourself in the intentional process of crafting your vision for the year ahead. So, hit play on my podcast, and let's dive into the journey of shaping your fulfilling year together. Here’s a scoop: my next season is something to be excited about. Stay tuned!
Unlike mere resolutions that often lack specificity and direction, life planning is a thoughtful process. It encourages us to envision the life we genuinely desire, considering not only our goals but also the principles and dreams that resonate deeply within us. This intentional approach transforms our aspirations into a concrete and meaningful path forward.
3 Steps for a Fulfilling Year
In a world often bustling with complexity, we will strip away the unnecessary layers and focus on the essence of a fulfilling year. Whether you are yearning for personal growth, meaningful connections, or simply a sense of contentment, these three steps can lead to a year that truly resonates with your heart's desires:
Step 1: Identify Your Goals
In the pursuit of a more fulfilling year, the first step is to identify your goals—dream big and be specific. This crucial step lays the foundation for turning your aspirations into achievable milestones. Here are 2 ways to do it:
Dream Big, Start Small
A journey towards a fulfilling year requires the courage to dream big while grounding those aspirations in achievable steps. To make your year awesome, first, think about what you want for yourself in 2024. Begin by envisioning your ideal life for this year. For instance, if your dream revolves around enhancing your well-being, take practical steps like incorporating a daily workout routine or adopting a balanced diet.
Then, instead of trying to do everything at once, break those big dreams into smaller, doable steps. By starting small, these attainable goals become the building blocks that bridge the gap between your dreams and your everyday reality, transforming these grand visions into achievable steps. By setting actionable goals for yourself, you can gradually work towards your ultimate vision for 2024.
Making this year great is all about being clear about what you want. Instead of having vague goals like "get in shape," be specific. Choose goals that resonate with your aspirations. Being specific makes things clear and helps you see how far you have come. Small details make a big difference, so when you spell out your goals precisely, you are on a path where each step you take feels purposeful and brings you closer to your personal vision.
Are you struggling to define your goals in life? Don't worry; you are not alone. This is where Brave Balance comes in. Starting this March, this is a 12-week program designed to help you overcome burnout, set healthy boundaries, and define your life goals. This transformative experience is your opportunity to break free from the confusion and gain clarity on what truly matters to you. Let's make 2024 the year you bravely redefine your path. So, save your spot as early as today.
Step 2: Aligning Goals with Personal Values
Once you have identified your goals, the next step is to make sure they are aligned with your values. Your goals and values should go hand in hand so there will be a sense of fulfillment and purpose in what you do. This alignment also helps us stay motivated and focused. Here's how to do it:
Understanding Your Values
Take a moment for self-reflection and delve into your core values, those guiding principles that define what truly matters to you. It could be things like spending time with family, growing as a person, or making a positive impact on others.
It is crucial to ensure that our goals are in sync with these deeply held values. It is not just about picking goals; it is about making them fit into matters we care and hold dear about. When our aspirations are aligned with what we believe in, it makes each step we take feel more real and important.
The Harmony of Values and Goals
Discovering the harmony between our values and goals is like finding the sweet spot where our aspirations and your core beliefs intertwine. Imagine family is your top priority; setting a goal to spend quality time with your loved ones seamlessly becomes a natural extension of your values. Pursuing goals that resonate with what matters most to us transforms them from mere tasks into meaningful endeavors. This connection not only makes the pursuit of our goals more meaningful but also makes our journey feel more complete and truer to who we are.
Visualize and Put to Paper
Picture how you want your 2024 to be by creating a detailed vision guide. Think about the things you want to achieve, the experiences you hope for, and the feelings you want to have. This vision guide is a reminder of what you aim for, helping you stay motivated all year. By making a clear picture of what you want your life to be like, you make your goals feel more real and doable.
If you are a visual person, putting images on a vision board can make your goals even more vivid and exciting. Well, crafting one as your phone or desktop wallpaper is another great way to keep your vision at the forefront of your mind.
Now, take what you imagined and write it down. Describe your ideal day, talk about the things you want to achieve, and write down how you want to feel. This written version of your vision turns it into a real tool you can use. It becomes a roadmap that guides you through the year, reminding you of the goals you set. For me, I like to believe that every word I write makes my goals more alive and something I can work towards.
Crafting goals means investing in ourselves. Make it happen with my upcoming class, Brave Balance 2.0: A CME Master Class for Women Physician to Reclaim Work Life Control & Live a Life in Medicine on THEIR Terms. Crafting a vision for your life involves more than setting aspirations; it is about gaining work-life control and living with intention. With Brave Balance 2.0, you will not only define your goals but also create a forever-specific plan to achieve that coveted work-life balance. Keep an eye out to secure your spot in the upcoming cohort of empowered women.
Step 3: Setting Actionable Plans
Setting an actionable plan is essential for success in any endeavor. Without a clear plan of action, it is easy to become overwhelmed and lose focus. To do this step, here are some of the things you have to keep in mind:
Turning Goals into Actions
Actionable plans provide a clear and manageable path toward achieving our broader goals. Think of them as the detailed blueprint that provides step-by-step instructions that you will follow. Instead of keeping our goals broad and open-ended, actionable plans break them down into practical, everyday actions.
For instance, if your goal is to enhance your well-being, an actionable plan could involve committing to a 30-minute daily workout or adopting a plant-based diet. This level of detail transforms our overarching goals into specific, achievable tasks, making them more digestible and less overwhelming. This is our roadmap that not only points us in the right direction but also outlines the exact steps to take. By having an actionable plan, we create a tangible guide that accompanies us through the year, ensuring that all our actions are a step closer to the fulfillment of our goals.
Breaking down our plans into smaller milestones is like marking our progress on the journey. Celebrate these milestones as you reach them—whether it is completing a project, hitting your daily steps, or achieving a personal goal. Recognizing and celebrating these smaller victories not only keeps our motivation high but also offers moments for reflection. If adjustments are needed along the way, these milestones become checkpoints, allowing us to reassess and refine our plans. This iterative process of setting and achieving milestones ensures that we stay on course and continue to make meaningful progress toward our larger goals.
I know that journeys like this are often better with a friend who truly understands the struggle. Join me at the BE 2024 Women’s CME Conference to forge connections, gain valuable insights, and build a network of allies who'll stand by you throughout your professional journey. This year's theme is "Never Walk Alone."
This year, I am also launching the BE24's Referral Program. Refer a new attendee to BE24, and both of you will receive an exclusive invite to a private event with yours truly. But that is not all—by participating, you will also be entered to win a luxurious spa day at BE24. So, spread the word, share the experience, and let's make BE24 an unforgettable journey for you and your friends.
The Annual Review
Allocate dedicated time for an annual review to reflect on your progress, reassess your goals, and adjust your plans accordingly. Life is dynamic, and circumstances may change. These may influence the trajectory of your journey. This reflective process provides an opportunity to celebrate our achievements, acknowledge areas for improvement, and ensure that our goals align with your evolving aspirations. The annual review is not just a checkpoint but a valuable compass, guiding us through the changing landscapes of life and helping us stay on track for a fulfilling and purpose-driven year.
Have Flexibility in Planning
While having a plan is crucial, it is equally important to maintain flexibility. Life is unpredictable, and being open to adjustments allows us to adapt to new opportunities or navigate unexpected challenges. Flexibility is not a compromise on our goals but rather a strategic approach that enables us to navigate the dynamic nature of life. By embracing flexibility in our planning, we empower ourselves to seize unforeseen opportunities and overcome challenges, ensuring that our journey remains resilient and responsive to the evolving landscape of life.
Claim and Make It Happen
As you go on this transformative experience, remember:
Your dreams are valid, your goals are achievable, and with dedication, you can turn aspirations into reality.
Seize the opportunity to craft a year filled with purpose, joy, and personal growth. It is not just a guide; it is your roadmap to success. Claim it, believe in it, and make it happen!
I believe in you, do you believe in you?
Feeling stretched thin? I can show you 10 ways to get back TWO HOURS in your week!
DOWNLOAD MY FREE TOOLKIT AND GET BACK HOURS OF TIME IN YOUR WEEK.
YES, YOU CAN.
We hate SPAM. We will never sell your information, for any reason.