Happy New Year!
I hope that you had a lovely Xmas and despite the social and health challenges we have faced this year that you were able to be connected with those close to you.
I have a question for you. Instead of thinking about new year’s resolutions….
Have you thought about how you want to BE in 2021?
Defining this helps you to follow a set of guiding principles based on your most serving beliefs, intentions and knowledge. I spent 15 years coaching leaders on how to excel in all aspects of their performance, and one way that worked really well was building a manifesto each year.
What the heck is a manifesto?
It’s not just for the politicians.
In essence, it is a statement of intentions, motives and views that you define and declare to others to hold yourself accountable.
How to build your 2021 manifesto in 4 steps.
- Craft your organising thought
Having one keyword for the year is a nifty exercise used by top brand teams to help align all their key activities. It is a single point of focus to make sure you keep on the right track throughout the year.
Ask yourself – ‘What word is KEY to my success and happiness in 2021?’
For example, last year my organising thought was FOCUS, which turned out to be quite tricky in a pandemic! This year my organising thought is DISCIPLINE. I learnt in 2020 that it is essential for my own well being, sense of purpose, health and productivity.
- Define what you BELIEVE
Martin Luther King gave his own version of a manifesto in his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, and a lot of his statements started with ‘I believe.’ Defining this ensures you are bringing only your highest serving beliefs with you and leaving the ones that don’t serve you behind.
Ask yourself ‘What do I BELIEVE that will serve me at the highest level in 2021?
Some examples of this might be ‘I believe that I have a unique gift that the world needs more of.’ Or ‘I believe that I am a worthy keynote speaker/TED speaker.’ ‘I believe that I have everything within me to achieve financial freedom.’ These can be powerful statements that will help keep you motivated and strong when you are having a wobble (which we all have.)
- Set your intention of WILL
This is perhaps the most important section of your manifesto, as it defines your intentions for the forthcoming year. These are statements that will hold you accountable and keep your most important goals at the forefront of your mind.
Ask yourself ‘What intentions WILL I set for myself in 2021?
An example of some of mine –
‘I will go inward to go upward’ – which always reminds me to work on myself in order to achieve my goals.
‘I will trust the process’ – knowing that curveballs are inevitable but that everything is happening just as it should.
- State what you KNOW that you are bringing with you
The final part of your manifesto enables you to bring the lessons from the previous year with you with a fresh new perspective.. As we all know, life and business has its ups and downs, but the lessons are the most important part.
Ask yourself ‘What do I KNOW that will help me on my path in 2021?’
Some examples of mine –
‘I know everything is happening just as it should’
‘I know to stay in my own lane’
‘I know that people are the key to success’
If you do this? You will have a one-page doc to put up on a wall with some simple yet powerful intentions that will inform everything you do in 2021.
If you complete your manifesto please do share by either hitting comment or posting on my FB page www.facebook.com/helenpackhamcoach
Here’s to an amazing 2021.