It’s that time of year!

Ringing in the New Year often means setting those resolutions. I have been on a journey to be more intentional the past couple of years.  As a result, I have adopted a healthier life and leadership rhythm. My prayer for you is that you can do the same in 2018.

Here are 7 tips to help you get started….

1) Be Curious 

Albert Einstein said “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Take time in to incorporate curiosity into your weekly schedule. Follow your interests through reading or research. Ask questions. Store random facts in your head. Listen without judgement. Be fully present in conversations. Curiosity enhances passion, excitement, creativity, and productivity.

2) Create Value

Wake up everyday asking yourself what you can sow vs. what you can reap. Make more deposits than withdrawals into your relationships. Deepen your relationships. Help others to understand their value. Display servant leadership.

3) Prioritize 

If everything feels like a priority, then you really need to prioritize! It’s OK to say no.

4) Eliminate Someday Statements

We all have them. Maybe your 2017 resolution resulted in a “someday statement”. Someday statement examples: “I wish I could.” “Someday I will.” “I need to.” Remember: good intentions are very different than intentional living.

5) Evaluate Your Inner Circle

You can’t accomplish great things alone. Deciding who to let into your inner circle requires wisdom. Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn famously said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Consider surrounding yourself with those who will challenge you to be better, encourage you with sound advice, hold you accountable, and those who have accomplished what you desire to achieve. Engage with a coach to help hold you accountable.

6) Set 90 Day Goals

Looking only 90 days out gives you a good idea of what you can actually get done in that time frame. Setting 90 day goals allows you to move faster and does not feel as overwhelming. When setting a 90 day goal, break that down even further. Look at what you will do for the next two weeks to move toward that 90 day goal. For example: If you have a large project you want to tackle in the next 90 days, what will you do in the next 2 weeks to make progress? Then after that is finished, set your next 2 week goal. Stay focused. Here at Ministry Ventures we use the EOS process. 

7) Self Care

This is the MOST important of the 7 steps. By caring for yourself, you are better equipped to care for others. You aren’t good to your family, your children, your spouse, your employees, or your co-workers when your tank is empty. What can you do each week to incorporate self care? Spend at least 2-4 hours per week caring for you.

Take the next step. 

Download our free resource to help get you started: Personal Growth Plan

Be intentional in 2018!