Seriously, it’s time to whip out those tennis shoes and kick some booty.
Can you believe half of the year is already over?! I feel like it was JUST January.
Recently, I’ve been spending time reflecting after being reminded by my friend Alaia that half the year has passed. My biggest question has been: Where am I compared to where I want to be? How am I growing so that I reach there?
One of the biggest ways I do this is by creating yearly themes. Themes are like a compass — they help direct your steps in becoming the person you need to be in order to reach your goals. So, a theme is more than a goal. It’s the gas that drives those goals.
Last year, my theme was “feel the fear and do it any way”. That theme came about after I had a rafting accident on New Year’s Day. After the accident, I realized that I totally let fear hold me back in my life.
This year’s theme is visibility. I’m learning that you can have the MOST AMAZING gifts in the world, but no one will know or care if they don’t know about you.
My theme this year has been to be fearless about promoting myself. Not in a sleazy way, but in a way that feels authentic to who I am and what I want to accomplish. Now, I’m striving to be more visible in Facebook groups, reaching out to people via email, planning webinars, and toying with the idea of creating a Facebook group.
You’ll quickly notice that it’s easy peasy to pick a theme and set goals. and not act on it. We all do it.
The tough part is the follow through — doing the tasks and activities help you reach your goals and dreams.
So, here it is — the middle of the year. How are you stacking up to those goals you’ve set for yourself?
I don’t mean that question to bring guilt if you haven’t moved towards your goals. Even I’ve dropped the ball in certain areas (daily meditation and exercise to be exact!). I only ask this question to get you to think about what’s standing in your way.
That’s where your yearly theme comes into play.
Here are the 5 steps you need to select a yearly theme and kick butt on your goals for the rest of the year.
1. Get in Your Own Face
Chances are, you’re standing in your own way. We all tend to complain that we don’t have enough time, don’t have enough help, don’t have enough money. Ask yourself: How do you need to be different in order to achieve those goals?
When it comes down to it, you need to become the person you need to be in order to reach your goals.
Last year, I needed to be more fearless (or at least pretend to be ;). This year, I need to be more visible.
So, how do you need to be different? Who do you need to become to reach your dream? Use these questions to reflect and select your theme for the remainder of the year.
2. We All Need that Annoying Reminder
Remember back in the day, when your parents nagged at you. They told you to eat your peas, clean your room, brush your hair, and make your bed. You hated it.
But, now that I think back about that time, I realized that I need that constant reminder to get my booty in gear — to get all of the things that I need to get done. I need my mama to crack a whip for me.
But, let’s be real.
You need support and a reminder. Here are two ways to get that:
A Theme Reminder
You need a daily in-your-face reminder of your theme. Something blaring in your face. A great way to do this is to assign a color to your theme. Last year, I selected yellow. It had a significance because my raft was yellow. This year, it’s purple. Purple is a vibrant, bright color that screams royalty. Sounds like visibility to me. 🙂
Choose your color and carefully make sure you have a reminder of it each day. If we were hanging out together, you’d notice that my laptop cover, my iPhone case, and my journal are all purple. It’s no coincidence — it actually serves as a daily reminder.
Yes, you need support. You need someone to complain to when crap gets tough. You need someone to cheer with when you have a win. You need support buddies for long-term success. So, get out there — find an accountability partner or start your own mastermind group. These people should push you to become your best self. They should provide that support to help you reach your goals.
3. Get Real, Chica!
A theme is cute. It’s a fun activity to do and create. But…..cute doesn’t help you reach your goals. Action does. The real work comes from selecting daily or weekly tasks that make you actually live your theme. How will you live your theme?
When it comes to visibility, I’ve selected daily and weekly activities that help me live that theme. Those include contributing in Facebook groups, sending emails to new bloggers, and looking for opportunities to speak. (I just came back from speaking at the Blogging While Brown conference! See pic above.)
So, select those activities that will help you live your theme.
4. Take Action
I don’t think there is much of an explanation needed on this one (and my brain feels fried right now…ha.) So, get out there, set your theme, pick your tasks, and actually do them.
Selecting a theme for your life and business is a great way to work on the personal areas that need improvement. It’s a way to take those goals you create and make sure that nothing stands in your way to accomplishing them.
I want to hear from you! What’s your theme for the rest of the year? And, what daily and/or weekly actions will you take in order to live that theme? Share in the comments below.