I'm not one for resolutions. (Whoa, I wrote that post exactly 6 years ago!)
Instead, I create flexible maps to get me where I want to go.

Having a great year is a combination of having amazing dreams and then having supportive, realistic plans to make them happen.*

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But where to get started? Take the time to think it through and write it all out (I use Leonie's Workbook + the Chart Your Stars Guide). Take a few days to work through these soul-stirring questions and then…

  1. Pick a word or phrase to guide you. I think of it as a kind of lesson plan for my coming year. My word helps me make decisions, inspires me to explore, and helps me spot the lessons I'm learning.
    In order to be effective and inspiring, your word needs to be intimately related to your North Stars (the guiding values of your life). We identify North Stars in both Solo Missions + the Starship, because they will guide everything else you do – the destinations you want to go, the maps you make, all of it!
    I haven't quite picked this year's word yet, but I signed up for Ali's One Little Word workshop to help me work with it (and play with it) all year long.
  2. Make it doable. Big dreams and lofty plans are delightful, but stuff gets DONE in the daily work of to-do lists + schedules. Make a map (or several) to break your big destinations down into mile-by-mile driving directions.
  3. Make a PLAN for support. Surround yourself with people who know how to do what you want to do and people who actually DO what they want to do. If you don't know many in real life, you'll have to make a plan for finding the support you need. Don't just wait for it to come to you!
    I use the Starship for my support, and I love providing encouragement, accountability, and real-world perspective to the explorers inside.



I had a year FULL of dreams coming true (new partnerships, new opportunities and most of all – having deep conversations with explorers)…and it all taught me the same thing: Things happen when you believe it's possible and then follow through. 

(Want a peek at my daily/weekly planning after I have the big destination set? Check it out here.)


What's your plan for the daring adventure of 2014?

PS. The Starship closes to new members TOMORROW. Beam up here!




3 Comments on How to have your best year ever

  1. Gabrielle
    January 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm (10 years ago)

    This past year was harrowing! We added a small bakery to one of our shop and I am still shaking flour and saw dust from my life. 🙂 In the coming year I do have big plans for myself for a change… I am going to let the three shops just simmer and grow on their own while I work on a magazine I have been writing and developing for the last year. I have my printer in place, my contributors and some fun surprises up my sleeve. Although I love making and always will, my hands are wearing out and require a lot of attention to get through busy making periods without giving out, so my magazine is my next adventure as I start to leave the full time making to the next generation of talented artists in my shops. 🙂 I really want to join the next launch of the starship, I’ll keep my eyes open for the post.

  2. Tara Swiger
    January 7, 2014 at 11:58 am (10 years ago)