December is generally a slow time- a lot of businesses shut down or slow down, people tend to spend time with family and loved ones, and it’s traditionally a time that offers us time and space. I love using this time of year and the traits that it bears to its full advantage to slow down, strategize, and synthesize my intentions. Whether it’s end of the year, beginning of a year, or the cusp of any time in your life, we unwrap the mindset of dreaming big, setting goals, and taking action.
In today’s episode,
- Declaring your intention for yourself and where you want to go should be one of your first steps in setting your goals. Verbalizing your intentions is a signal to the universe that you’re ready to take the necessary action.
- How to use a playbook to creatively attack your goals and turn your intentions into actions. I have 7 habits that I use to feed my creativity. Use my playbook or start your own.
- Making your goals specific and quantifiable and then tracking them is incredibly important if you want to succeed in achieving them. There’s power in specificity; “I want to get my business off the ground” vs “I want to have 4 new clients by March 1st, 2018”.
Do something instead of nothing.
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In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- Sometimes it’s best NOT to live in the present, but to reflect on the past and look to the future. The end of the year is a great time to do just that. [1:00]
- Sometimes it seems like the whole world will start conspiring in your favor when you declare your intention. [1:32]
- Spend this time of year focusing on mindset. It’s only when you have a great state of mind that you can tell yourself the best stories of who you are which then allows you to put the best strategies into play. [4:34]
- Check out the 7 habits that I use to orient myself in being my best creative self. The first is saying “yes”. Do something instead of nothing. [5:06]
- How you can use pop culture to get out of your head and deeper into the world that your future self lives. [6:19]
- Don’t make lists and plans for what you should be doing all year long. Do it every once in a while, and then execute. [7:37]
- How to use the sleepy month of December to strategize, take notes around your intentions, and collect feedback after sharing your ideas with others. [7:52]
- The power of asking questions and listening- listen both to others but also to yourself and your intuition. [10:04]
- How I’ve used extended moments of quiet to come up with some of my best ideas. [12:07]
- How Gary V used The Dirtiest Secret of Photography to build his Wine Library TV and how I looked to Andy Warhol to build my career. [13:58]
- The importance of tracking your goals. [16:12]
- Why you need to know your *why*. [17:56]
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