8 ways to prep for 2011

I’m tired of people saying, “here’s how I prep for the year” and other people saying, “that’s not necessary, just do this.” Last time I looked in the mirror, I didn’t see you, I saw me. (And wasn’t pleased, per one of my three words for 2010).

So, instead of THE way to succeed in 2011, here are 8 ways that might help you. And you can list the other 1,547,296,133 ways in the comments.

  1. Write three words that you want to use as guiding words for the year.  (How Chris Brogan does three words and my three words for 2010).
  2. Write a list of 100 goals you want to do in 2010 (Marc Pitman can send you this exercise.)
  3. Write one word for the year.
  4. Write a list of SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound)  (Here’s a SMART goals worksheet)
  5. The letter N Pick a photo for the year, an image that reminds you of what matters or what direction you are going. A picture of a place you are dreaming or a relationship you want to mend.
  6. Describe how you want to be known in five years. Then identify specific actions to learn that will take you toward that reputation.
  7. Forget years. We can get paralyzed by thinking about annual goals and all that. So think about the next three hours. What’s one roadblock you can remove in the next three hours?
  8. Don’t set goals at all. Leo Babauta talks about finding something you are passionate about and then doing it. (The best goal is no goal).

But here’s the secret of these 8 ways. All of them are choosing to be intentional.

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4 responses to “8 ways to prep for 2011

  1. How are you doing with your eternal struggle with/against intentionality?

  2. making progress, interestingly.

  3. I really appreciate the point about the paralysis around the focus on the year.

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