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2019 Annual Review: 19 Things I did and did not do!

It’s almost the end of 2019, and before we dive into a new decade, I wanted to share my 2019 Annual Review with you, where I highlight my epic fails, lessons learned and all the awesome things that came out of this year.

This process of reflection is something I highly recommend BEFORE you dive into your 2020 goals.

Why? Because in order to know what will work for you in 2020 you need to first understand the why, what and how of everything you did, didn’t do and who you became this year.

Luckily for me, I captured my goals and intentions for 2019 in the very first episode of the Untapped Podcast where I shared 19 Things I Will and Will Not Do in 2019.

I also did it as two separate vlogs on my YouTube channel if you prefer to watch my entertaining videos.

And for the first time ever since putting it out, I have just looked back at these.

And I’m not gonna lie, it’s not pretty.

I think I pretty much missed almost everything and there’s a very good reason for that – because I never reviewed them!

So let me run through these quickly, and then give you a recap of what actually happened this year. And why it’s totally fine with me that I missed so many of these 19 things.

I also reveal to you what really happened this year, I think you’ll probably have a pretty decent understanding.

And I have a lot of compassion for myself in this moment as to why so many of these got missed, and even reading them now, I must admit, what the heck was I thinking?

In this episode you’ll learn

  • Why reflecting on your year can help you envision what you want for the next year
  • What worked and what didn’t work for me in 2019
  • Why it’s okay to not achieve every single one of your goals
  • How to plan your ideal 2020

If you prefer to read the full review, then here it is!

How did I actually fair on the 9 things I opted NOT to do in 2019?

1. I will not sign up to any more newsletters or opt ins.

I actually have to say that this was pretty much on target as for the first half of the year, I didn’t. And then as the year went on, I found a few people worthy of my email and reading time.

I also continued to unsubscribe ruthlessly from lists I had been added to without my permission or were not adding value to my learning.

Top Tip: Only sign up for something that is absolutely useful and going to move the needle on learning for your business or your personal growth.

2. I will not check my email every day.

I literally want to snort out loud, what a joke. If anything, I think I did more email checking in 2019 than ever.

In fact, I’ve been quite frustrated at my lack of ability to disconnect from my phone.

It’s become such an extension of my hand and such a trigger to just flip through the apps, particularly email but just flip through stuff as if I’m achieving something when I’m usually not.

I mean, I’m pretty specific about what I’m doing on my phone, but it’s gotten out of control.

So  not checking email everyday – that didn’t happen.

Lesson Learned: Put the damn phone away and use an app like Freedom to limit when you check your email, Internet and any other platforms you frequent too much.

Also tune in to the very end of my podcast episode where I reveal the ONE game changer I’m introducing next year to put an end to much of this.

3. I will not sign up for any webinars.

I did really well on this and believe I signed up for three in total and attended part of one.

But on the whole, if I registered I did it to watch people’s sales funnels and how they created the flow from the registration as well as follow up.

The ones that I did sign up for were quite useful.

Full disclosure: I had forgotten that that was one of my goals!

4. I will not buy any more online courses.

I did awesome on this until the last four weeks, when I intentionally bought courses on topics I want to master in 2020 and beyond.

One of these was during the Black Friday sales (total bargain) and the other ones came pretty much in the last four weeks in November, when I specifically enrolled in courses on SEO, Facebook Advertising and solidifying your offer and funnel.

I then put them ALL into Asana under learning, and have earmarked all seven of them to go through over the next 30 days.

In January I’m going to absolutely blitz and go through these courses and upskill like crazy and implement and test so that I can then transfer that knowledge to you.

So that felt really good.

I must admit I did pretty much stick on course with this goal (pun intended)

Amusing moment: This one was a bit ridiculous looking back on it now since I’m an educator and I’m a prolific lover and advocate of launching courses and supporting people who launch courses.

I’m especially excited about the SEO course through Shane Melaugh who was actually a guest on UNTAPPED earlier this year!

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5. I will not fall victim to the comparison game.

Again, shocker.

I wrote here:

“I will not. This one’s gonna be tough, as 2018 I fell into a hole of comparison and it was not pretty.”

I must admit it was better this year, and that was in huge part thanks to you and my community for believing in me and all the beautiful feedback I’ve received, that has absolutely restored my faith in everything that I do.

So even though I still had imposter syndrome, I definitely was doing a lot less comparing.

Lesson Learned: This is something that I think we constantly need to work on because fear, comparison and imposter syndrome will never leave your side as you continue to stretch and challenge yourself to grow.

6. I will not spend more than one hour a day on social media.

Again, laughable.

However, I think the main culprit for my social media time spent has been Instagram and I have been putting in a lot of effort this year to understand that better to get better engagement.

Given I’ve made sales from Instagram and gained new clients, new community members and even new friends from it, that time I’ve put in as been pretty well invested.

Facebook I dropped off for most of the year for ethical reasons, and only near the end of this year did I start reengaging with my friends and community. I don’t think I was alone.

From what I’ve read there’s been a general drop off in engagement and activity across the board. Next year I’m strategically upping my game on this platform.

For LinkedIn, it’s been sporadic.

YouTube started off well at the beginning of the year but videos were the hardest thing to keep off with my almost full time role, triathlon training and other business.

But, I’ve got big plans for next year because I’ve missed it making them – plus my channel and engagement continues to grow without me doing anything (and I want to get that CAN$2K in Google Adsense revenue I recently found, into my bank and then make more of that in 2020!).

And then outside of that, I hired a lovely lady Kaila to do my Pinterest so I don’t do anything on there. But she’s doing a great job in driving more traffic and getting more engagement.

So I certainly do not spend a lot of time on social media and it’s quite specific, but it was a heck of a lot more than hour a day.

Fact: The stats on your phone for screen-time and your computer just don’t lie. Look at how much time you’re spending and radically reduce this for your own benefit!

7. I will not buy any coffees.

I am unsure where this came from.

I think I’d been reading a Dr. Libby book at the start of the year, which was about how, especially as a woman, going without coffee for a month was a fantastic way to reset your system and give your parasympathetic nervous system a rest, reduce your stress levels and anxiety and improve your skin etc.

I also knew I’d probably be starting an experiment in a job, and that as a business development person in that role, I wouldn’t actually be buying the coffees – the company would!

Which, in effect, did actually happen quite a lot.

I didn’t buy as many of my own coffees. We also had a coffee machine at work and you could make barista quality coffees.

But you simply can’t NOT buy coffees in New Zealand.

It is the land of amazing coffee and there’s a cafe every 50m that sells great coffee.

So that one was interesting and not my smartest move. And I think a few people commented on the blog post about that one saying, “Are you sure?”

I did, however, reduce my coffee consumption for the first three months of the year.

Lesson Learned: There’s a theme here that a lot of these goals and intentions I set at the start of the year fizzled out in the first three or so months because if you don’t come back and regularly revisit them you forget them!

And if you don’t have an action plan and reflection process like we do in LifePilot, you won’t achieve them or make them a reality.

I should know this.

If you haven’t yet, make sure to sign up for my Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year workshop! Life Pilot is included in this mini course, and this will make coming up with and staying on top of your goals super easy.

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What does a napkin, an envelope, and a road trip have to do with planning your ideal freedom year? Last week, I took a road trip with Josh and the pups to Taupo, which is an absolutely amazing place to relax, take in some nature, and be able to do our Life Pilot Seasonal Dreaming session. We spent a weekend dreaming and scheming about our life and what goals we have for the next 3 months, 12 months and 3 years! Remember the napkin and envelope I mentioned at the beginning? This is where they come in. When we decided to start planning, I just grabbed an envelope and pen and started writing down Josh and I’s goals for health, impact, and all the other categories included in our Life Pilot system. When I had finished writing our relationship goals, I had run out of room on the envelope. So, I grabbed a napkin and finished out our year goals for 2020. What’s the point of all this? The point is that taking a road trip might be the perfect way for you to clear your mind and just focus on reflecting on your past year and dreaming up all the things you want to accomplish in the next. In this week’s episode of Untapped, I give you some questions to answer that will help you think about what went well and what you hope will never happen again so that you can be able to see what it is you really want and need to do in 2020. I also talk about my annual Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year live workshop, which is even better this year! This is a 2 hour live workshop you don’t want to miss because I’ll help you map out your 2020 goals live. Plus, you’ll get access to this workshop as a mini course for a whole entire year AND I’m including the Life Pilot methodology, so really, you’re getting two awesome life planning tools in one! There’s also another special reason for you to sign up. For this year’s Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year workshop, I’ll be donating 50% of revenue to Hand Across the Water, which is a charity I’ll actually be cycling for next year in Thailand. If you’re ready to enter 2020 with crystal clear sight, then head over to 👉NatalieSisson.com/workshop👈 or the link 🔗 in my bio!

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8. I will not hide behind any preconceived identity.

I didn’t hide behind any preconceived identity this year.

But in many ways, I changed my own preconceived identity about who I was by getting a job for four days a week and cramming my business into a day a week.

And then realizing as the year went on that my business was getting more successful and I couldn’t possibly try and just squish that into one day per week.

I definitely have been very raw and unfiltered and completely me as much as possible, especially with my friends and my relationships and my family.

I don’t know if I did enough of that with my community, which is something that I really want to work on in 2020.

I have to say, as a completely vulnerable moment here, that I just don’t do that enough because frankly, most things kind of go great in life because that’s what how I show up in the world.

That’s how I see life.

That’s how I view life.

That’s how I go out intentionally into the world.

And life kind of loves me back.

And we have this beautiful symbiotic relationship where usually good stuff is happening.

I’ve also been blessed to have a awesome family upbringing – not perfect, but really good in the scheme of things.

So, yeah, I often find that I am just me and I love life.

And I always see opportunities and goodness and I’m grateful for things all the freaking time.

So I don’t know how I can be much more vulnerable because stuff is usually going really well.

But, I was very clear this year on being very raw about my burnout, which was an epic moment of realization and massive learning.

Listen to: 5 Ways to Spot Burn Out Before it Bites You in the Ass

I’ve shared quite a lot this year about the trials and tribulations behind juggling all this work, taking on too much, getting burnt out, triathlon ups and downs, getting my ass kicked with training, having the dream home and then selling the dream home, and finding another lovely home.

A lot of things actually that went on this year that I think I put out there.

I’d love to hear from you if you feel that I was sharing enough of that because that would be really useful feedback for me.

9. I will not launch any more courses.

And that was 100% completely true up until September when I felt inspired to produce the Launch Your Damn Course Accelerator.

And I’m so freaking glad that I did, my friend, because that went incredibly well.

That was when I totally fell in love with my business again – when I realized I launch courses super well.

So well in fact, I ended up running not one, but three cohorts over the space of four months

And they were epic, and the people were amazing, and they launched their damn courses, and they made money, and they grew their lists, and they built their confidence up.

And it absolutely inspired me to carry on and do more of that in 2020.

So I’m really happy that I didn’t do anything until September.

I think I kept that creativity within my business building and then it was time to pounce and strike, which I did, and I’m super grateful for that.

So more of that to come in 2020 and very strategically!

So now, let’s go into things that I said I would do in 2019.

1. I will focus on deep work sessions.

At the time that I wrote this, I had been reading Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World.

I only read two thirds of it, but I was so inspired that I was like, yes, absolutely will do more deep work.

Deep work is essentially when you book in about two to three hours a day, at least, where you just lose track of time.

You switch off all distractions, and you focus in on one thing.

And it’s something that apparently we have become incredibly poor at doing.

We can’t not have 17 different distractions going on browsers, open music, on videos on people around all that sort of stuff.

Cal says we’ve lost the art of just being able to focus on one thing, and when you do, you actually become so much more effective and do really powerful important work.

You get to think more deeply.

To expand your mind you put your best work forward.

Book Review: “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

I’m going to give myself a five out of 10 on that because there were many pockets of time I think I did a pretty damn good job of this.

Then there was a point midway through the year and later when I was constantly busy in my mind and in the huge work load I’d taken on, which led to my burn out.

By that stage, I was definitely not doing deep work.

I was doing just way too much work.

2. I will meditate daily.

I meditated almost every single day of January, continued on solidly in February and March and regularly through until May – so I did pretty well.

Then for whatever reason, probably over winter, things being a bit colder, more work on my plate and less ‘time’, I slackened off for around one to two months where I was doing it more intermittently.

Then I picked it up again around August and was pretty damn decent with it.

And right through until this last month around when the final Launch Your Damn Course cohort started and I got a little bit burnt out…up until then I was really enjoying meditating and getting a lot of benefits from it.

Read or listen to:  Meditation is the key to everything.

In the last month however, I have not been able to keep up with it that regularly – big work targets, competing in my first Half Ironman, selling our house, buying a house and moving house – all pretty MASSIVE things.

Yet ironically, making time for meditation during all this would have been hugely beneficial.

That said I’m very proud as this was the best year for me meditating

But, it is probably my best year for meditating regularly.

Top Tip: Use the Insights Timer app to enjoy guided meditations and meditation courses right from your phone.

My stats on this app say I’ve done 200 days of meditation this year, which is freaking awesome!

I have so much more that I can learn about this and understand and implement and master.

And I definitely felt like it was more fun for me this year.

It was particularly useful around my time of burnout, as I listened to and used a meditation course specifically related to easing stress and anxiety that made a huge difference in my life.

3. I will write down three things I’m grateful for each day.

I didn’t write it down, however I said it almost every single day.

Josh and I would say our three things to each other when we first woke up in bed or before we went to sleep.

We often did this too during our weekly Life Pilot reflection.

And actually, most of my gratitude started happening when I was doing triathlon training, especially when I was out on like an hour run, or I was in the swimming pool for 40 minutes.

I actually started doing more than just three gratitudes and then I’d start sending gratitude to my friends and peers and people around the world.

It’d be neat to know if anybody kind of picked up on that, if they felt the love and the energy that I was sending them.

4. I will read every day.

You know, this should have really been a more specific goal because technically I have read every day.

I read a blog post. I read an email. I’ve read Newsroom Pro almost every single day, which is a great daily source of news in New Zealand and around the world written by independent journalists.

I’ve read pretty much all of those.

And then five days a week, I have read several books.

I’ve also listened to many audio books while I was out on my triathlon training.

But if I meant I was reading a book every day, that was pretty poor this year.

I’ve done a lot more audiobook reading, which I love.

Watch: The secret weapon to help you read more books in less time

And a big part of that is going to change in 2020, because I share with you how I’m going to read more books, right at the end of my podcast. In fact I’ve already started doing it and it’s going to make a huge difference to my life.

Have you heard? My best-seller, The Freedom Plan, is now on Audible! So no excuses for not reading books in 2020.

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If you’re like the thousands of entrepreneurs that I’ve met and coached, when you first started your business, you did so because you wanted to make a dent in the world. ⁠ ⁠ You wanted to make an impact. You wanted to leave a huge legacy and you certainly wanted to live life on your own terms and be your own boss.⁠ ⁠ Now, the sad reality is that so many entrepreneurs end up with more of a job than a business and the trading time for hours model.⁠ ⁠ That’s not what a business is supposed to be in my world.⁠ ⁠ In my world, you set your own hours and work when you want from where you want and have a profitable recurring income coming in every single day. That way, you can leverage your time, knowledge, and abilities to truly have a business that you love and makes an impact but doesn’t leave you chained to it all the time.⁠ ⁠ This may sound like a pipe dream but it’s actually true if you’re prepared to work with me using the freedom plan framework to create your version of a freedom-based business and lifestyle.⁠ ⁠ That’s why I wrote The Freedom Plan. It’s essentially a guidebook on how to redesign your business to work less, earn more and be free.⁠ ⁠ Don’t have time to read? Well, you’re in luck because The Freedom Plan is now on Audible! Grab a copy from the link 🔗 in my bio 👆👆👆⁠

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5. I will paint once a week.

I don’t think I actually painted at all.

If I did, it’s the one painting that was sitting on the easel all year…but I have a feeling I did that last year.

And this was probably just a real eye opener to me that painting is not something that just comes naturally to me or that I feel inclined to go out and do.

I think it’s one of those things that feels like something that I should want to do, and I absolutely know it’ll be beneficial for me, but I made zero effort or intention to make it happen.

And I’m kind of disappointed about that.

But I’m also okay with it because this year has been immense and it wasn’t a priority.

6. I will write every week on my personal blog no matter how brief.

I kind of thought I failed at this epically.

Until I realized I actually have written on my blog every single week, because I have edited the podcast posts that Ria or myself have written up.

But, I certainly did not get into the habit of writing.

And I did not write blogs very often at all.

And again, that is being rectified in 2020.

But I’ve got a big ass game plan and I’m also going full time (well 4 days a week) into my business, which will help.

So this goals is going to be implemented!

7. I will join at least one mastermind and 2019.

That didn’t happen.

I did however, create my own mastermind of sorts called the Thrive Board.

It’s a bunch of local women entrepreneurs (four or five of us), and it was actually incredibly hard to get us together once a month for dinner.

Way harder than I thought.

I had a really good, honest, open conversation with the women at one point and they were all like, yeah, this shouldn’t be so hard.

But I absolutely love the time that we’ve spent together throughout the year. And we’re carrying that on.

In that sense, this mastermind of sorts was kind of my board of advisors and friends so that has been fantastic but not regular enough.

I didn’t join any other mastermind but excitingly, I have joined one for 2020.

I did my due diligence, jumped on calls with people I admired who had paid masterminds, did all the research and joined Hilary Rushford’s mastermind.

I’m really excited.

And I’m also going to be starting my own mastermind later in 2020. So that feels really good.

And interestingly, I forgot that I had that as one of my things to do so glad that it’s been a little bit late, but better than never.

8. I will podcast weekly.

I’m going to give myself a big fat tick for that and give myself a 9.9 out of 10.

Because apart from last week, I haven’t missed a single week.

And I think doing my first half Ironman and moving house was a pretty good reason to miss it!

So I’m giving myself some slack.

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Over the years, I've learned so many lessons from starting a podcast.⁠ ⁠ When I started one back in 2014, I didn't expect just how much joy it would bring me and how much value it would add to my life.⁠ ⁠ So, in honor of #InternationalPodcastDay, I wanted to share some of the lessons starting a podcast has taught me.⁠ ⁠ Now, some people might say that there are too many podcasts out there and the medium is oversaturated, but guess what?⁠ ⁠ People have been saying the same exact thing since when I started my first podcast back in 2014!⁠ ⁠ There might be a ton of podcasts out there, but that shouldn't discourage you from sharing your unique voice with people who truly need to hear what you have to say.⁠ ⁠ Starting a podcast has given me so many amazing opportunities to chat with guests who intrigue and fascinate me. These guests are often doing really neat things, some of which I'd love to do and some which I'd never do but still admire.⁠ ⁠ Another thing I love about podcasts is the versatility of them. The quality of podcasts has gone through the roof within the last few years alone, and some have whole production crews and hefty budgets behind them. Whereas I like to keep mine advert free by paying for my podcast by myself.⁠ ⁠ Speaking of which, if you're a fan of the Untapped show where I teach you how to unlock your potential and get paid to be you, then show some love by becoming a supporter at 👉 NatalieSisson.com/Love 👈⁠ ⁠ So, what are my 3 lessons from starting a podcast?⁠ ⁠ 1. Podcasts are amazing tools where you can learn and develop⁠ 2. Podcasts can force you to become more disciplined and consistent⁠ 3. Podcasts are great business tools⁠ ⁠ This week’s episode of Untapped dives in deeper into each of these lessons, so make sure to tune in when it goes live on Wednesday!⁠ My latest IGTV also touches on these three lessons, so check it out to learn more. ⁠ Happy International Podcast Day to all of you who have supported me from my very first podcast, to those of you who have recently tuned in to an episode of Untapped, and of course to my fellow podcasters out there who share the same passion for this craft⁠.

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I do LOVE podcasting.

I love how my UNTAPPED podcast has grown.

I’m loving the feedback that I’m getting from people.

And in particular, in the last probably four or five episodes, I’ve upped my game about the quality of people coming on, how I’ve interviewed them, and I have been getting that feedback from you.

So thank you. Really glad it’s resonating.

I already have some awesome guests lined up for next year.

And I think big guests too, but even though big names are great, what’s more important is that I’ll have people come on that I’m really excited about.

So let me just check the stats for this entire year.

This year, my friends, we have had 1264 episodes short of 100,000 downloads.

So thank you so much.

That is incredible, absolutely incredible.

It’s around 7,500 downloads a month and when I started at the beginning of this year after having a little bit of a break from it and sort of switching over from the other podcast, it was down around at 3-3,500 downloads.

So that is huge.

Thank you so much!

Expect more goodness coming to you in 2020 with more amazing guests.

And if there’s anybody that you would love on this show, please comment below and let me know.

Incidentally, my podcast is also going to be much more strategic. I appreciate it’s called UNTAPPED and that it’s about how to tap into your potential.

And I think there’s a beautiful mix between the mindset piece and then the specific how do you get paid to be you and grow an awesome income and life that you love, with more inspirational interviews merged in with some of the highly practical episodes teaching you the how.

9. I will get a professional qualification or certification in 2019.

I could still hit this actually!

I did actually go through a brilliant course on Coursera by the University of Sydney about the future of work and designing for that.

I did the whole course but I have still have to do my essay part so once it’s written, I will come out with a qualification in that.

So that has lit a fire under my ass to finish that off and get it done this year, which will be really exciting.

So yay. Good for me to review!

10. I will LIVE write a book in 2019.

Ha, that was an absolute epic miss.

And I’m not going to say fail because I just did not have any intention of writing that book.

I think that became pretty clear early on once I got my job and I was doing four days a week.

I was barely able to manage my business in a day a week so writing the book on top of that and training for all triathlons and other various things that I took on this year, there was too much going on.

That was just not going to happen.

However, I love the idea.

You know, I’m going to give myself a nine out of 10 for just having the kudos to even write that.

There is a famous saying of how people often overestimate what they can achieve in a year, but underestimate what they can achieve in a decade (there are variations where some people say on what you can actually achieve in three years).

Either way, it’s very true.

So I am holding back on saying when the next book will be out, but I kind of like the idea of not pressuring that because a book is a very personal thing.

And you have to be 100% willing and ready to write it.

And I’m not meaning you have to have the most amazing idea and that you have to have all the space in the world because you’ll never get it written in.

But it does have to be a gut instinct and a very much a motivational piece from you inside in order for you to turn up and write that.

Then I think you could write it in 30 days or 60 days or 90 days easy.

But you have to really want it.

And I’m not feeling that right now because I haven’t quite got the core of the next message, but it is bubbling away!

Have you done your 2019 Annual Review?

We’re heading into a new decade.

This is exciting and this calls for more celebration.

I think it’s fantastic for you to reflect on the year that you have had, and I’ve been working my way through the lovely Australian Leonie Dawson’s, My Shining Year workbook.

And the first third of that book is the closing ceremony for 2019 before you even get into planning your vision for 2020.

It’s a little in depth, I’m not gonna lie.

This book is like 120 pages and it’s all beautifully illustrated, and there’s lots of fun pictures, etc.

I have to credit Life Pilot as being a massive guiding star for me and Josh this year, and I do have big plans to get Life Pilot out to the world in a much bigger way next year.

I keep getting feedback from people on how valuable it’s been to them, no matter how much they’ve changed it or morphed it or merged it with their other kind of systems and goal setting that they do.

And I do believe it has a unique point of difference in that set and built reflection.

So please do go back over your year.

I would highly encourage you to take my Plan Your Ideal Year Workshop.

It is now an online course for you that you can access anytime, and I take you through this in four steps.

The first one is all about envisioning your perfect year ahead but it also gets you to do some reflection on where you’ve come from so that you know where you want to go.

Because without looking backwards, we can’t possibly see how we’re going to change and do things differently in 2020 and beyond.

I promise that you’ll get a ton out of it and that it’s the best investment for you as we close out 2019.

There will be one more podcast before the end of this year over all the things I’ve learned this year.

This has been one of the most challenging and stretching years I’ve ever had.

I learned the biggest lesson of my life, which is that I am not superwoman.

I have limits, and I need to create more boundaries.

And I certainly need to focus 100% on the things that I want to do and be really committed to those and not say yes to all the other opportunities that are bright and shiny and wonderful.

This year, I was open to doing more of that because it was an experimental year with the job and the business and the triathlon.

And I’m really proud of myself for what I’ve achieved.

As I said, I competed in my first ever Half Iron Man.

And to put this in perspective, in February this year, I did my first sprint triathlon, which was a quarter of the distance of the half Iron Man and I had my ass kicked.

I found it really difficult trying to swim 750 meters, cycle 20 km, and run 5 km.

It felt challenging.

And then strike forward to December 7, 2019 and I did four times that distance and I made it and it took seven hours and 10 minutes.

The longest freakin thing I’ve ever done in my life and I am immensely proud of that.

I have also spoken at many events this year.

I have taken on a four day a week job, grown my business lots, made a decent amount of profit considering I only did a day a week on my business.

We’ve pretty much made almost $200,000 profit on our house and we bought an investment property. So that’s been huge.

I launched the Launch Your Damn Course Accelerator, which was my proudest moment and most amazing learning experience.

So, thank you for reading to the end of this and the one thing that I wanted to reveal because I said I would is what I am going to do in 2020 that I think is going to dramatically changed my life for the better.

1 Thing I Will Do in 2020

I am no longer having my iPhone at the side of my bed.

It is already being put on the shelf in my new walk in wardrobe, which is approximately two and a half meters from my bed.

It sits on a charger there in airplane mode with the beautiful new bedtime alarm that comes on.

That means I’m have to get out of bed to switch off that alarm.

And I’m not going to take the phone back to bed with me in the morning. In fact it’s my cue to go and do yoga or get moving!

But more importantly, every evening, it gives me time to rest, to meditate and to read and to not be connected.

Because I found myself especially for the last six months or so just aimlessly checking apps and checking in on things in the evening for sometimes up to an hour.

What a freakin waste of time of my precious time that I really value.

So that may seem really simple to you.

But if you’re nodding your head, I would encourage you to try it out for all of January.

I am super pumped. I’ve actually already been instigating it.

And it felt so weird the first night.

Then the next night, there I was reading a book, and I slept better.

And this is only like two days into my experiment.

So I know that is going to make a huge difference.

That is just one of many small but hugely significant changes I’m going to make in 2020.

And I’m not going to stack them all in there. I’m going to do one at a time.

I’m super excited to share more of the goals for 2020 and how I can help you make your dreams a reality in the next episode.

I hope you enjoyed and learned at least ONE thing from my 2019 Annual Review.

I frankly cannot believe we’re heading into a new decade, but 2020 has the best ring of all about it.

2020 vision. Let’s get crystal clear baby.

Let’s go after our dreams and make them happen!

Podcast Resources

Take a look back on my first episode of UNTAPPED where I made my list of 19 things I will and will not do in 2019

Check out the Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year course that will help you head into 2020 with crystal clear vision!

Learn more about how Life Pilot can help you to reflect regularly throughout the year

 

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7 Lessons I’ve Learned from Finding My Next Finish Line

Recently I had the honour of being invited to go and speak in front of around 80 to 90 Ultimate Frisbee players, who were trying out to be selected for the New Zealand teams for the World Championships in Netherlands next year.

For those of you who don’t know, I have been an Ultimate Frisbee player for the last 16 years. It’s been a long held passion of mine and it was really neat to be asked to come and speak at this  training camp about finding your finish line, which is a big tribute to Nathan Martin, my triathlon coach from this podcast we did.

The talk I gave was specifically related to being your best self, pushing yourself, challenging yourself, crushing your goals and setting intentions that keep you motivated.

I decided you may need to hear this too, so I’ve recreated it here for you both as a full blog post and an episode on my Untapped Podcast.

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Intentions vs Goal Setting – Which is Best To Succeed in Life?

As we near the end of January 2019, I want you to ask yourself how those New Year goals and resolutions are going?

If you’re like 92% of people, you won’t have stuck to your resolutions, because you likely set vague ones or had unrealistic expectations like:

“I’m going to become a celebrity game show host” or “I’m going to break a world record in gumboot throwing”.

Champagne can do that to the best of us…

There’s another factor here, that has likely led to you not succeeding…yet, which is that you probably didn’t have a plan to make your lofty goals or resolutions a reality.

That’s where you need intentions to go along with your goals, to ensure you will actually succeed.

What’s the difference between goals and intentions?

Goals are focused on the future. They’re about a destination or a specific achievement. For example I am aiming to compete in the Kinloch Sprint Triathlon on February 10th.

I’ve been training towards this for almost three months now, up to six days a week, so I damn well hope I hit my goal time on the day.

My big hairy audacious goal is to qualify to represent New Zealand at the World Champs in September this year. Eeek!

Intentions are in the present moment. Intentions are lived each day, independent of reaching the goal or destination. They are about the inner relationship with yourself.

What I know to be true, is that the journey of getting my level of fitness up to speed (pun intended) to be able to compete in this event, has been the really rewarding part.

Everyday, I’ve turned up with intention to make a micro improvement in my run, bike or swim. No matter how tired I feel or what my last result was.

The actual event, although it matters, is not going to replace all the hard work, commitment and dedication that I’ve put in to my training since October.

The real intention is to get into peak health, and maintain that for the rest of my life!

Why Goal Setting Sucks On Its Own

I’ve always been an avid goal-setter. For most of my formative years, I used my competitive nature and Upholder tendencies of always doing what I say I will, to achieve my goals.

And I did achieve a LOT of them over the years. I was determined to.

The thing is, once I’d achieved a big milestone, I was often left feeling pretty empty.

What I’ve noticed over the years, as I got older and thankfully wiser, is that I was putting all my eggs into one basket, and setting myself up for a let down, rather than focusing on the journey of continual improvement.

And I know I’m not alone. I’m 99% certain you’ve experienced this in life too.

In this excellent Article on Inc –  Why you might feel empty after reaching a huge goal and how to move on by Wanda Thibodeaux, she speaks to the fact that goals give a sense of purpose, connection and direction.

But, if all we focus on is working long and hard to reach this one monumental goal, when you finally hit it, all those links you’ve created between yourself and your sense of worth disappear.

So now you can’t define yourself the way you did. And you have all this time on your hands that you don’t know how to fill.

I felt like this after I won my Regional Body Sculpting Championship – something I dedicated myself to for 9 arduous months, I felt a severe lack of identity.

I had a bright shiny trophy, some bling and a tub of protein powder, but my quest to be the best had now passed, and I didn’t know what to do next!

She notes that added to that is “neuroscience kicking you in the face while you’re down.”

In short, your brain releases dopamine, a hormone associated with both motivation and happiness, in anticipation of reward.

That’s what keeps you working towards your goals, especially where each milestone you set towards achieving it gets hit, it gives you more reason to keep going, and a biological position to feel good.

The problem is, when you reach your goal, that release of dopamine drops and it’s harder for you biochemically to have joy.

The other reason goal-setting leaves you disappointed is that it moves you towards what you think you want, and takes you out of enjoying the present moment.

So instead of being grateful for the here and now, you’re left feeling like what you currently have isn’t enough, and you must strive harder to get the ‘next big thing’.

Which leads to you being stuck in an endless cycle of goal setting to fill the void.

Living your intentions, on the other hand, is much different than having a goal-oriented focus.

That’s because it allows you to focus on how you want to be in the moment, how you want to feel right now, and everyday.

It’s not about winning or losing, hitting or missing, it’s about tuning in to your moment to moment focus.

This means you live life by your values and what matters most to you.

And that’s a beautiful way to live, right?!

How to combine goal setting with daily intentions


The key thing to understand is that focusing on your intentions does not mean you give up your goals.

It actually means you’ve found a great partner to achieve your goals with.

I like to think of intention as your personal trainer. It gives you the daily rhythm, motivation and accountability you need to transform yourself.

By being intentional you’ll enjoy the journey as much as the destination, and therefore bring more joy to everything you’re doing.

Intentions really act as a reminder on how you want to show up in the world and live each day.  They give you the purpose to show up to meet your goals!

That’s why my partner Josh and I baked in intentionality into our Life Pilot tool and methodology.

We’d both had enough life experience and exposure to all sorts of methods, strategies and frameworks, to know that goals are devoid of joy, unless they’re backed by daily intention.

That’s why when people join our Life Pilot Challenge, we ask them to set no more than 3 goals OR intentions – each day, week, month or quarter, based on their chosen life categories.

This takes some getting used to, but once you tune into it, it makes life planning way more enjoyable and ‘sticky’.

My real life example of intentions supporting goals

If you’d looked at my Weekly Tab in my Life Pilot spreadsheet last week, my ‘work’ category goal was to Finish first quarter of Content Editorial calendar.

I smashed that by Friday afternoon, because when I planned out my week in advance, I had set ‘working on my content calendar and brainstorming topics’ as one of my three ‘Daily’ actions on both Wednesday and Friday.

I didn’t just hope that by our Sunday Reflection time that it would have magically have happened. I had stated it in my daily actions and scheduled it into my calendar!

My intentions backed up and supported my goal.

Same with my triathlon training. Last week’s ‘health’ goal was to Plan / prepare and nail swim event.

When I turned up on Sunday morning to choppy ocean conditions at Oriental Bay in Wellington, I was tempted to not compete.

Thankfully, I’d set several daily intentions throughout the week to be fully present at my swim trainings.

As a result, I knew I was more than prepared for the event and just needed to stop being a wuss and get to the start line.

Once I stopped swallowing water from the barrage of waves, I actually enjoyed it!

How to apply intentions to your life goals

Let’s say you wanted to finally develop a meditation practice, so you go with:

  • Monthly intention for January – Deepen my meditation practice to improve my appreciation of life.
  • Your weekly goal might be: Commit to doing at least 4 guided meditations.
  • Your daily action then could be: Use Insights Timer App to do a guided meditation

Each morning you look at your journal, notebook, whiteboard (or your trusty Life Pilot spreadsheet) where you’ve recorded this, check your daily actions, then schedule in time to make them happen.

That night you check back and record whether you hit, progressed or missed your action.

Doing that alone, often reveals, after several days and weeks, trends and patterns of what you like to do and what you avoid.

That way you can break the pattern by getting an accountability partner, setting a different goal or figuring out whether your values are aligned with what you’re setting.

Like anything in life worth doing, you need to always remain curious as to why you do some things easily and put off others.

You need to ask better questions to make sure you are digging into these patterns, behaviours and habits, so you can continually be working on being your best self.

Now, what do you intend to do next?

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Magical Month of May

I think the month of May is going to be magical. It’s that time of the year when there are no excuses to really dive into the important work and achieving your business and lifestyle goals.

I’ve been getting mentally and physically prepared to smash my goals which are:

  • Daily meditation and movement (through tennis, boxing, crossfit, walking, weights or yoga)
  • Clean eating 80% of the time (off to buy food for my meal plan now!)
  • Make my first revenue with my new ecommerce business with boutique dog products.

How will May be Magical?

I’m pretty focused on what I need to do to make this happen, but I also know if you want to stick to a habit and achieve your goals you need:

1) a really clear vision for how your life will be better alongside
2) external accountability to keep you on track when you falter.

So for my first goal I’ signed up to Mindful in May. You can still join me, but do so quickly, if you want to:

  • reduce the stress in your life
  • learn how to communicate more calmly
  • be better at calming yourself when you’ve been emotionally triggered
  • stop worrying so much and start being more present in your life
  • be more focussed so you can work more efficiently
  • get better at switching off and stopping the mind chatter

Mindful in May is like a personal training program for your brain, where you’ll be training to be more focussed, calm and effective in all areas of your life!

What I like about it is, that regardless of whether you’re a complete beginner or a more experienced meditator you’ll really experience a transformation. I know from just doing 5-10 minutes a day of meditation for the last 4 months, I already feel more grounded.

For goal 2) I’m properly committing to a fitness and nutrition program I invested in a few months back and following the easy and efficient food plan this week.

Then from next week we’ve signed up to MyFoodbag, which is a cool service here in New Zealand that delivers you the exact amount of healthy food you need plus four dinner recipes, so you just have to cook!

And finally for 3) just hosting the $3K in 3 Months Freedom Lab is ensuring I turn up daily to release lessons on what I’ve learned, do my research and share all my experiences with the members who are building their first ecommerce business alongside me.

If that ain’t accountability and responsibility plus massive incentive, I don’t know what else is.

In this episode I talk further about:

  • My 3 focuses for this month ahead
  • The two books I love that have made a big difference in my life last month
  • A calendar blocking technique that’s allowing me to juggle 3 business projects that you might like!

If you prefer video,  I shot this episode as a Facebook Live for you inside our Freedomist Collective group.

Catch it here now.

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Four Tools to Achieve Your Lifestyle Goals

You wouldn’t expect yourself to cook in the kitchen without the proper knives, pans, and pots, and you wouldn’t expect to build your body at the gym without the proper equipment either, right?

Think about creating your ideal lifestyle in the same way that you think about cooking or building muscle at the gym. While you could achieve your goals without any assistance, the right tools will help you to achieve your goals faster, more efficiently and much more easily.

So why not use them!

Let’s dig into the the four different types of tools you can use to help you track your progress, achieve your goals, and work your way to a better life.

#1. Journaling

Although this doesn’t seem to be the go-to tool for many of those seeking lifestyle freedom in this day and age, the journal is a classic tool that is both affordable and useful.

Journaling is best for those who are looking to track their progress as they make changes in their daily lives. When you take a look at your journal each day, you are constantly reminding yourself of the goals that you have set.

Even better, you can use the journal to also keep track of the progress that you have made, make a definitive list of actions that will help you reach your goals, and list of all of the things that may not be working as well.

Also, the journal is a tool that is highly customizable. If you’re someone who wants to meet their lifestyle goals without having too many distracting features, you can choose to make a bullet journal.

If you prefer visuals that remind you of where you are going and motivate you, you can paste pictures and draw inside your journal.

Your creativity is your only limit.

#2. Vision Board

Vision boards are one of the most used tools today to help people reach their goals.

A vision board is essentially a collage filled with objects, pictures, sayings, and other small pieces that represent the future you would like to have.

While a journal may be too demanding for some people, a vision board is almost perfect for everyone who is wishing to change their lifestyle.

However, it will take a small time investment initially when you begin putting it together.

What can you put on your vision board? Here are some ideas:

  • Magazine cutouts that represent your end goals
  • Positive affirmations that help you get the most out of your day
  • Pamphlets of places that you would like to travel to
  • Important notes from loved ones

#3. Sticky Notes

Even simpler than the above two methods, you could leave sticky notes in places where you are sure to see them and remind yourself of your goals.

For those of you who may want to incorporate more mindfulness into your daily schedule, you can place a sticky note by your bed that reminds you to breathe and meditate every morning.

If you’re someone who wants to work less and spend more time with your family, you can place a sticky note at your place of employment that tells you to work smarter and not longer.

Whatever it is that you are setting out to do, a simple sticky note with an important reminder can help you to achieve it.

#4. Apps

Not everyone is into creating physical manifestations of their goals and that’s absolutely okay. If you’re still creative and would like to make a digital version of these tools, that works just as well as a physical version.

If you’re more into applications that help you to track your goals and your progress, here are some goal setting applications recommended by Lifewire that will help you to do exactly that:

Make no mistake, tools are helpful and are sometimes necessary for people who need that extra push in order to develop their ideal lifestyle.

However, there is a line that people sometimes cross when people begin buying more tools than they need. This is what I’ll be addressing in the next episode.

If you want to take your goal setting even further in 2018, and make some real changes that last, then you need to plan your year out differently. And I offer a completely different approach to doing that and setting your goals in my Plan Your Ideal Year Online ‘Doing’ Masterclass .

I show you how to:

  • SET YOUR VISION FOR 2018 and plan out your entire year so you prioritize what matters – we will map this out real-time together and I’ll show you behind the scenes of how I plan out my year.
  • MAP OUT YOUR QUARTERLY, MONTHLY and WEEKLY ACTIONS based on your annual goals and the calendar so you know exactly what to do to achieve amazing results in your business in 2018!
    Take your big vision and plans for 2018 and put them into your OWN CONTENT, MARKETING and
  • EDITORIAL CALENDAR so you feel focused and in control – I’ll show you my calendar as a real example of what’s possible.
  • Learn my 6 STEP DAILY SUCCESS PLAN to become more productive in a week than you are in a year – no seriously.

Make sure you sign up here and get started today. In 90 minutes or less you could have your entire 2018 on track and all planned out for personal and professional success – and of course freedom!

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How to Task Out Your Lifestyle Goals

Think back to the last time you had an outing with a friend or significant other. What did you do prior to actually spending time with them?

Did you give them a vague idea of what you’d be doing? Did you tell them that your visit could happen whenever you felt like it? Did you show up to your outing without any expectations of how things would be going?

If you’re the average person, the answer is most likely a no. You and I understand the importance of planning when it comes to major events.

Similarly, you need to apply the same type of careful planning to major lifestyle changes as you do to visits with friends or dates with significant others.

Only through planning, goals, and expectations will you be able to transition into the type of lifestyle that you have dreamed about.

#1. Categorizing Your Lifestyle Goals

Josh and I have been playing with a system to bring meaning and purpose to our lives called ‘Project Life’ – working title. It is something that we love doing and we do it every single day. We have this weekly and monthly check in. And later this month we are doing a quarterly check in and we are doing that as an away weekend. It is something I hope to release as a program or app in 2018.

We’ve drawn on other tools like my personal favorite Zig Ziglars Wheel of Life that helps you to achieve a more balanced lifestyle of your choosing.

Ziglar’s Wheel consists of 7 different sections that include the following:

  • Personal and Social Goals
  • Work and Career Goals
  • Family Goals
  • Spiritual Goals
  • Financial Goals
  • Mind/Intellectual Goals
  • Physical/Health-Related Goals

We may not realize it yet but the way in which we approach our lives can be entirely unbalanced.

For example, someone who is fulfilled in their career may be devoting every available minute towards working but they may be deeply suffering in the family aspect of their lives.

Another person may be at peak health but could have absolutely no social life.

We are each unique and there is always an area in which we could improve. Take a look at the categories above and make a list of things you would like to do in that area.

The actions don’t have to be large in order to make an impact. A goal in the financial area could be as simple as saving $10 by the end of the month or $100,000 by the end of the year.

However, you need to be sure that the goal you set is realistic. If you never work out, you can’t expect yourself to lose 50 pounds over the course of a month.

Plan based on your habits, personality, and motivation to accomplish your goal.

#2. Tasking It Out

It’s great to have goals but it’s better to have actionable steps that you can take to be able to reach those goals.

Let’s pretend that one of your goals is to lose 20 pounds over the next 3 months. It’s a great goal and it’s realistic. However, how are you going to get there?

This is where you need to further specify your goal and map out your actions. A sample might look like this:

  • I want to lose 20 pounds over the next 3 months.
  • I can do this by cutting back on sweets, tracking my calories, and ditching my daily soda.
  • I can also do this by being more active and moving during my off time.
  • One thing that may help me is an exercise program I found here…

Once you feel as though you have sufficiently come up with all of the actions you can take to reach your goal, you can write them down and look at them daily to start incorporating these important habits into your day.

Under Ziglar’s Wheel, he also provides seven of his own steps to create actionable goals.

  1. Identify the goal you want to reach as specifically as possible.
  2. Come up with a list of benefits that will come out of reaching your goal.
  3. List some of the obstacles that might hinder your progress.
  4. Figure out what you need to know or learn in order to reach your goal.
  5. Think about some of the people who can help you to achieve your goal.
  6. Create a plan of action.
  7. Set a deadline for your goal.

#3. Ensure Passion

Without passion, whatever goal you set for yourself is going to fall through. If you don’t feel the need to lose 20 pounds, then working out will be a chore and a waste of your time.

Only set goals for yourself that you truly want to achieve. You’ll know when you want to truly take action because you’ll be excited every time you take action towards your desired result.

Along with tasking out your goals, tools such as journaling and vision boards can be extremely helpful in creating the lifestyle you have always wanted. This is what we will be tackling on the next podcast.

While you are waiting to continue your lifestyle freedom journey, feel free to visit my website because you are in for a treat at the end of November, I am running the How to Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year Workshop”. It’s the 3rd year that I am running this and I absolutely adore doing it.

In it:

  • We set out and achieve your perfect 2018 year and we get started on planning it out
  • I show you exactly how to prioritize what you are putting into your calendar for next year.
  • We move into goal setting.
  • You get my content, editorial and marketing plan template.
  • We look at how we can plan out your entire content for all of next year regardless of what business you are in.
  • And so much more!

It’s a 90 minute DOING workshop. So if you want to find out more details about that, head here. And the most genius part about it is even if you can’t come along live, after it I get it split out into a mini course that you will always be able to refer back to and look at.

So if you want to enter 2018 like a rockstar, I think it’s probably going to be a pretty awesome deal for you.

Tune into the next episode where we are going to be talking about the lifestyle freedom journey and continuing on with what we’ve been doing in Season 4.

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