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Living as if Your Year Matters

11 Units Intermediate

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Do you plan your year? Should you? 

When life is so uncertain, how on earth can you?

Planning your year ahead, in the right way,  can liberate you to move towards a more purpose-led life.
This course takes you through a step-by-step approach. It shows you how you might plan your year intentionally but with resilience, and gives you some unique tools to do this.

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Welcome to 'Living as if Your Year Matters'

Congratulations on choosing this course. Good choice! Success is often about intentional living. Choosing to plan your year is the beginning of that journey.

As we consider whether or not we should plan a year ahead, this course will give you some ideas, approaches and tools to help you navigate to a year plan that serves you well, that helps you move to what I call the Goldilocks Zone.

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Four Key Transitions in Self-Leadership

When it comes to self-leadership, there are four key transitions we make. As we plan our year, it is helpful to keep these in mind.

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Living a Purpose-Led Life

How do we find our purpose? To throw ourselves into the year without attempting to connect with the point of it all is to consign ourselves to mindless toil.

In this unit, there is an exercise to help you uncover that. 

Frankly, for most of us, clarifying our purpose is a lifelong pursuit. But a worthy one.

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Identifying Your Life Accounts

Here we consider the concept of our life accounts, how we approach them, and how we manage them.

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Mind the Gap

Leaders create gaps. These are the gaps between where we are now and where we want to be. Leaders clarify those gaps. They create tension. This tension is to close the gap. As we plan our year, we look for those gaps, those gaps between where we are now and where we want to be.

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Chunking Your Year

Biting off the whole year is too much. There is also the matter of our time horizons. Farther into the future, our estimations become more vague, less real. There is a way to tackle that.

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Margin

We keep some savings in reserve for the unexpected. Why don't we do this with our time?

This unit explores the concept of slack or margin.

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Pathfinder Projects

As we gain clarity about the outcomes we want to achieve for the year, we can still struggle with the best route to reach them. Sometimes we need to experiment. It is an established way of testing a complex and uncertain world.

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Big Rocks

Stephen Covey leaves us with a powerful illustration of how to approach our annual planning.

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Your Day's Planning Retreat

Here we put a day aside and find somewhere free of distractions. In this video, we look at a process to follow on this day’s retreat.

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3/3 Reviews

In this unit, we examine the 3/3 Review. This is a powerful quarterly review where you can see patterns where things are working and where they are not, and so make informed course corrections.

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