Now is the Time: Plan to Plan

These mid-winter days are precious.

Here in the States, we are gearing up for a full week of religious and cultural celebrations that cover just about every aspect of life you can imagine. I read recently that there are 29 recognized holidays between the first of November and mid-January. Whew! That’s a lot of celebrating!

But there’s a reason for that, I’m sure. Celebrations mark this special time on the planet.

Here where I live, as the days grow short, we’ve had so much rain that everything feels soggy. I find myself closing the windows, lighting lots of candles, and fighting an unusually strong desire to curl up on the couch.

Nature is closing her eyes, getting a bit of rest, preparing for the burst of growth that spring will bring.

We need to do the same.

I mention this for two reasons. First, I’m writing a very short message today to either remind you or challenge you. You decide which you need most. :)

You may still have gifts to wrap, a cake to bake, or one more trip to the store on your list. But first, do this.

Take five minutes today and look at your calendar for this week. In the midst of all that may be happening around you, find at least TWO hours to spend setting your goals and planning for next year.

You need to do this. And you need to do it before January 1.

Stop now. Go get your calendar. Find at least two hours of alone time when you can be free with your thoughts, ideas and energy.

Create the time to plan who you want to become and how you’re going to move into that over the next twelve months.

Two hours is a minimum. And entire day would be even better.

Over that past few weeks, we’ve talked about the how and why of planning, and even what tools to use. Now it’s time to do the work.

And let’s add in a little accountability here. Snap a quick selfie of you in the midst of your planning process and share it in the comments below. You’ll inspire the rest of us!

The second reason I’m writing today is to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season – whatever holiday(s) you celebrate. My deepest wish for each of you is joy, peace, laughter and, above all, love.

Blessings, everyone.


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