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New Year, Cracking on and Making 2017 Your Most Memorable

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 Cracking on with the New Year and making 2017 your most memorable.

The new year is on the way, and the possibilities are endless.

The New Year is here! December has yet again descended upon us with alarming speed, and here we are again reviewing our year and hypothesizing about the next. The theme of cycles and evolutions are prevalent in all aspects of our life, but this year has been particularly poignant.

For me, the end of the year has brought a number of thoughts about the nature of change and how I (and we, as a collective consciousness) muster the courage to take action and move into unknown territories. Thinking back to when I first decided to leave the relative safety of routine and day to day work I needed and wanted help to work out how the heck to do it, but at that time I didn’t have the resources or available cash to get a coach or pay for a business coach. Which I am sure, you can relate to at least one point in your life being in the same situation.

What motived me to change?

Why was I reluctant to invest in myself? Well, a good question. My reluctance came from two aspects, the first, I didn’t really know what I would do, I had worked in various industries, all of which had interconnecting threads, but not one continuous career path. The other thing was, I didn’t really know if I would stick with it. I worried it might be a waste of money, at the time all my savings were designated for travel. Any of that sound familiar?

I decided to try and set out on a path that made absolutely no sense at the time. It brought me to where I am now, which is not even remotely where I thought I would be. When I first decided I had to let go of all the ‘securities’ in my life to pursue a dream I had had for many years which had sat patiently waiting for me to look up and acknowledge its presence.

What is the theme for 2017?

Since there has been such a noticeable shift in the air the last few months. I decided to have a look at the year from a numerology perspective, and that answered a few questions! 2016 is a 9 year (2+0+1+6=9) which is the end of a 9-year cycle. Which illustrates the volume of deaths, endings or conclusions going on around us. 2017 is now commencing the new cycle (2+0+1+7=10 /1+0=1). Beginning with momentum, new ideas, the expansion of existing interests or passions. Just in the last week, I’ve had 9 friends announce pregnancies if they’re not new beginnings, I don’t know what are!

This is a year of developing your skills, honing your ideas and this is a year of ideas. Heaps of them falling out of the sky into your lap if you’re willing and able to recognise them. A year to start believing in yourself and getting that bright light within to shine through and bedazzle us with your outrageous fabulousness.  All in all 2017 is a year focused on walking your own path. Stepping out of the crowd and into a life with considerably more freedom. But, and there is always a but, you need to be one to motivate all of this. Therefore, I want to help you become the change maker, leap taker, mover and shaker in this new year.

What does this all mean for you?

2017 is the new year to grab the opportunities to turn a dream or a nagging idea at the back of your head into a vocation. Essentially we have been given a clean slate. It is often the most unexpected and seemingly unfathomable ideas that are the ones to pursue. As Elizabeth Gilbert says, the best way to know if you’re following your intuition is if it makes no sense. Hearing our intuition means we’ve stepped out of our rational mind and into the silent space between thoughts. In that quiet space, our intuition whispers quietly. While we sleep, during solitary moments in the sunshine, in meditation and long windswept walks in nature.

                   We are lucky that inspiration talks to us at all, it’s too much to ask that it also explain itself.                        – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Having been in this position and observing the changes in the world over the last few years, I decided that I wanted to offer my experience, knowledge, and expertise to others. To help them achieve the sheer volume of joy and freedom a life designed on your own terms can bring. And what am  I offering? One to one coaching sessions on Skype, for thirty minutes. To give you the boost to get your ideas flowing and your planning underway, and to acknowledge this new cycle. The session will cost €67. I don’t want anyone using my excuses of the past about not having money to get the help and confidence to make the first moves into your sheer awesomeness. Click here to reserve your session with me, one to one, now.

And finally, will you be that person? Who will step up and ‘just do it’, you or someone else? I trust that I will be speaking with you soon.

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SMART goals, are you creating your ideal life and business?

SMART goals, are you creating your ideal life & business?

Are you setting smart goals? Do you even know what smart goals are? Regardless of whether you do, or don’t read on!

SMART, an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

Did you know that as much as  80% of people have no goals and definitely not smart goals? While 16% of people think about their goals, but don’t get them out of their head and onto paper. 4% of people actually write them down. And, amazingly, only 1% of people write them down, review them regularly, and, consequently achieve them. What does that make them? The 1% of people who create their ideal lives through their smart goals.

Creating a list of SMART goalsNow, let’s get started by defining what smart goals mean and how they’re broken into consumable segments.

S for SPECIFIC

Specific – A specific goal will usually answer five ‘W’ questions:

  • SmartGoalsWhat: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal. Why do I want to do / achieve this?
  • Who: Who is involved? – your ideal audience, perfect clients, the people I want to work with?
  • Where: Identify a location. Where will I do this, do I a want to be a digital nomad or location independence?
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

Are your goals physical objects that are tangible or are they ambiguous? Many people lose motivation because of unclear goals and consequently they give up too early or just before things start to really take off. The key to success? Make each goal SPECIFIC. Start with my Life Recipe workbook and get those smart goals or at least ideas on paper.

M for MEASURABLE

Measurable – To achieve success, goals need to be measured. If you’re deciding between being a digital nomad and location independence you should ask yourself:

  • How much? – do I want to earn, a day, week, month or year?
  • How many? – how many trips, countries, jobs, hours a day working, blog posts, sign ups, clients, product launches… smart goals
  • When and how will I know when each goal has been accomplished and I can tick it off my list as DONE?
  • What will I consider a success versus a failure?

In what way will you measure your progress at the end of the year, or how will you know when you’ve achieved your objective? Think about what specific criteria you’ll have to fulfill to reach the specific outcome you want. It’s a good idea to team up with a friend or colleague who you trust and create an “accountability” relationship, this helps you push and strive for each goal, with support.

A for ATTAINABLE

Attainable – An achievable goal will usually answer the question HOW?

  • How can I accomplish the goal? How can I become a digital nomad or location independent?
  • Can I make the goal realistic, based on other constraints? What limitations will I come across if I choose to be a digital nomad or location independence?

Set goals that will make you stretch, and learn, and grow. But don’t set unrealistic, far-fetched goals that will only discourage you when you don’t meet them. Work out your priorities and assess how much you are already doing, what can you let go of and what do you need to work on more?

Goals are like magnets, they attract the things that make them come true – Tony Robbins

R for RELEVANT

Relevant – A relevant goal should answer yes to these questions:

  • Is it worthwhile? Will I get a significant (to me) return for my time, energy and money?
  • Is it the right time to be doing this?
  • Does this match my other efforts/needs?
  • Am I the right person to do this or should I hand it over to someone who is able to do it better, faster, cheaper than me?
  • Is it going to support my other projects and ideas in a cohesive way?

I really like the “R” in smart goals, as it really makes me questions the importance of the goal. Any hesitation or uncertainty indicates that no, the goal is not that important and can be let go without hesitation. It’s a great exercise to help you re-assess your bigger and longer term plans and work out if, in fact, they are still your dreams.

T for TIME

Time – A time-bound goal usually answers the questions:

  • When?
  • What needs to be done now?
  • In the next 30 days, what can I do?
  • Within six weeks from now, what can I make possible?
  • What will I have achieved or done 3 months from now?
  • What can I do in the next 6 months from now?

A committed deadline or target date is important to help focus your energies and day to day activities towards your goals. So you need to ask yourself – when do I need to complete this step or this goal? Before the end of the week, the second quarter, the end of the year? Make sure you can be flexible with your deadline, as occasionally life does get in the way and best-laid plans can go awry. Create a calendar or schedule and plot your activities and commitments to ensure that you keep those time targets in check! Be flexible in addition to being realistic with your time frames, because consequently you’ll have a higher chance of success in achieving your smart goals.

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Have you got a clearer idea about smart goals now? Great.

What do you need to do next?

  • Create some time alone where you’re able to concentrate either outside in nature or anywhere you feel calm and centred
  • Organise a book or paper in which to write with pens, pencils, paint, magazines. Whatever you need to create your whole idea or ideas.
  • Be comfortable, wear clothes that won’t irritate you and will keep warm / cool (depending on where you are)
  • Turn off your phone, or at least on silent and in another room
  • Grab some scooby snacks and a drink, make it hard to leave the table or get distracted.
  • Create an ambient atmosphere, ‘L’allegro con spirito’ from the Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K448 by Mozart can improve your brain function and receptivity to problem solving and creativity
  • Write your goals down, create a draft of ideas or a mind map and see what stands out as important. It’s an interesting exercise to clarify what is really important, what would be nice and what sounds good in your head and sh*t on paper.
  • Break your ideas and potential goals into smaller bite size chunk and apply the smart goal system to them, make them actionable!
  • Create a huge copy of your smart goals for your wall, or a smaller version for your diary and revisit it, regularly. Because looking at and reading your smart goals regularly will help you stay focused due to the fact that you’re constantly reminding yourself of the bigger picture.

Once you have your goals, arrange to have an accountability partner, someone who helps you to achieve these smart goals and holds you accountable! Business gurus such as Leonie Dawson strongly advocate both smart goals and business accountability partners, as combined they help goal achievement.

Smart goals or any kind of goals are great because they can be changed. It’s fantastic to take goals off your list if they no longer apply to what you want to achieve. And rather than be annoyed or frustrated, be happy, this means you’re getting closer to exactly what you want to achieve. So, remember, you CAN adjust your smart goals as your list evolves and you begin to set AND achieve your goals.

Why is all this important? Because in order to achieve anything you need to know what it is you want. While most of us don’t have goals we see repeated success for those who do. Hands up everyone who wishes they were more like the top 1%? Rather than wishing to be in the top 1%, make yourself be a part of that 1% and get proactive, you’re probably doing a lot of what you need to do. Perhaps a few extra actions or tweaks of your time, energy and focus and you’ll be on the express track to your ideal life.

Since goals are easy to lose site and track of here are a few tips:

  • First of all, make them small enough to be achieved, but challenging enough to keep you interested
  • Create a system that keeps track of your progress toward each goal
  • Another key action is to report your progress and sideways (or backward) movement to someone supportive
  • In addition to reporting, celebrate your successes, lessons learned and near misses
  • Finally, and most importantly – have fun!

As much as we all love setting goals, it can be tricky sticking to them. Therefore, if you want some help, here are some resources I use and recommend you consider using.

  1. Leonie Dawson’s Create your Shining Year Workbooks are especially relevant as they take you through a step by step process.
  2. Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4 Hour Work Week is noteworthy as he inspires lateral thinking
  3. In addition to Leonie and Tim, I always find a lot of helpful information and insight on Mindtools

And finally, as Henry Ford says,

Whether you think you can or you can’t. Either way, you’re right.

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Digital Nomad or Location Independence?

Digital Nomad or Location Independence?

What's the difference and how do they work?

The big question to ask yourself is “Do I want to be a digital nomad or location independence, or both?” First of all, whilst, the differences between digital nomads and location independence are nominal, they are different. As a result they require different skills and areas of focus. For example, a digital nomad uses technology to do their job. While location indepence suggests people travel from one country to another (possibly) without a permanent home or job. Most people who work in jobs that are location-independent are involved in industries such as writing, teaching, and handicrafts.

You have probably heard of both terms and perhaps are considering between being a digital nomad or location independence. Clarifying this will help you focus your priorities, set relevant goals for how you want to live, work, and travel.

Digital Nomad – unpacked

Digital nomads work or have businesses run and maintained online. They utilise the internet to create ongoing income streams. This applies to not only small, medium and large businesses but individuals as well. Nomads tap into a wealth of opportunities based in the digital world. These days it’s much much more accessible than it used to be. With the exponential growth and expansion of digital technology, we, digital nomads, have the opportunity to work from anywhere. Coffee shops, beach bars, trains, co-working offices, parks and even on airplanes!

How travel has changed, and so have we

The evolution of travel has shifted from extended holidays and backpacking adventures to flashpacking, voluntourism and now digital nomadism. We all love to hang out on the beach, drink cocktails all day, but, it gets boring (shocking, but true). At some point in time, our innate need to be productive and produce things rears its head. It doesn’t matter if they’re income streams, artwork, or digital content. We, at some point, will look for structure or routine in our lives. That may involve a few hours of creation / or work, a day, a week and so on. Another key point to keep in mind is that as technology evolves, this lifestyle will get easier, and all the more accessible.

Need inspiration for your digital nomadism?

Tim Ferriss‘s book, the 4hr workweek was a hugely inspiring and motivating starting point for me. It changed the way I thought about what I do, when, where and why.  So, using Tim Ferriss’s model for lifestyle design you can create a fantastic online business.

Seth Godin, another marketing and out of the box thinker and writer gives practical, easily applicable content. These tools will help you to up your marketing and improve your business strategy. I started with his book, Purple Cow.

If being a digital nomad doesn’t appeal. Location independence is probably relevant to you.

Jobs fill your pockets

Location independence is exactly that. The ability to work from where ever you are or to travel for or around work. Location independence is not necessarily reliant on the internet or technology, while digital nomads do. For example, destination wedding planners. Other examples of location independent work include coaches, photographers, writers, buyers, designers, and teachers.

Why would you want to be location independent?

The beauty of location independence is being able to be free of the Monday to Friday 9-5 grind. To be able to work under your own conditions.  As Wandering Trader, Marcelo Arrambide says “design your own tomorrow”. Which is exactly what digital nomad or location independence the travel lifestyle enables you to do. Whether you spend the morning diving with whale sharks, exploring temples, or paddling mountain rivers. You can spend your afternoons  coaching clients, or writing articles,  your work schedule is yours to manage.

In the end, what does digital nomad or location independence mean for travel?

One thing to remember, being a digital nomad or location independent doesn’t mean you have to travel all the time. You can live in your hometown, create the same amount of freedom other digital nomads or location independent entrepreneurs have. So, while travel is great fun, life changing and hugely rewarding, it’s not for everyone, especially if it’s  all the time. The idea behind this lifestyle is that it’s your own design, specific to your needs at that moment.

Why do people love this type of travel?

The positives of this type of travel, life and work balance? Digital nomads or location independence often result in a slower travel. Base yourself in various cities or countries for 1-3-6 months (or whatever works for you). Use the time to dive deep into the culture, food, and explore, slowly. Build a framework for your stay, whether it’s going to the same fruit shop or working at the same café. You build relationships and familiarity which help you integrate into the local landscape.

How do I meet people and work? I won’t be in my normal office or work environment where I know people and they know me?

Why does this happen? Whether you’re traveling alone or in a couple, for extended periods of time, you’ll want to meet like-minded people. Locals and / or fellow nomads or entrepreneurs. Co-work locations are popping up all over the place. Which is making it easier to find a base to work from, outside of cafés! Co-work spaces are creating fantastic opportunities to meet interesting people. (Read my post how to manage work on the road for tips on working whilst traveling). They create a space to strike up connections, brainstorm new ideas, bounce concepts off new and often neutral people. Meet fellow entrepreneurs who understand your experiences, whether your industries are related, or not. It’s always good to get a pair of fresh eyes on projects.

Finally, what will you choose?

So, what’s next? You need to plan how you want to work, travel and set goals. And, not goals that you’ll read once and forget about. Now that you’ve got an idea of what it means to be a digital nomad or location independence. Which will you choose, and why?

 

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