I have experienced a common trait amongst successful people.

They all plan out their life.

And they don’t do it in December as part of their new year’s resolutions .

They do it on a rolling 365 day schedule.

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They plan when they are going to spend time traveling. See friends. Experience new things. They plan work commitments, of course, and exercise goals. Bucket list items. They plan everything!

Their life inevitably never turns out exactly as planned, but that is not the point.

The point is …

If we don’t know where we are going, how are we going to get there?

So this is not only my encouragement, but also my invitation — for you to look at your goals on a consistent basis.

So what does consistent look like?

Well, we know it is more than once or twice a year.  And I think it’s more than one a month. So I would venture to say that a weekly review will likely yield the best results. It will make you acutely aware of the choices you’re making every day in between.

I had lunch with an incredibly accomplished woman the other day who shared “I put everything on my calendar. If I am planning a vacation and then something comes up, then it’s a decision I have to make as to whether or not I give up my vacation. But without it on the calendar, someone else is controlling my schedule.” BTW – thank you, Jodi, for the incredible opportunity to meet Kathleen – I learned so much!

Look at what you want and where you want to be, and instead of being mindful of it on an annual basis, view it on a rolling 365 day calendar.

Start with planning out your next 12 months and then each month, fill in the next month. Then look at it weekly and keep getting more granular about what you need to do or change in order to achieve your goals.

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And remember to celebrate all of the wins along the way!