Your Success Thought on "Sheer Enjoyment"
January 4, 2006

While it’s true that you can set goals any day of the year, there is something so fresh and clean about designing your year in January. First, you’re no longer carrying the baggage that unfortunate incidents may have created last year. Second, you can build upon the strengths and successes you created in 2005.

Designing your year is not unlike designing your kitchen or garage space. You get very clear on what you want, what is important to you, and what is not. Then, you lay out the pieces and create a master plan to accommodate it all. Begin with the end in mind.

In designing your year, envision exactly how you want to feel, look, act or what you want to have one year from today. On January 4, 2007, what will be different about you?

Here are a few examples of how designing your year will help you to create more powerful goals:

  • Client “M” envisions his relationship with his wife to be stronger than ever by next January. To do this, he’s designed a series of surprises for her throughout the year such as spa treatments, weekend escapes, spontaneous dates, flowers for no occasion, flying her closest friend in for her birthday. Had I asked him to set a goal of strengthening their relationship, it would have been more linear, black and white thinking. “M” had much more fun with the design of mini goals and treats.

  • Client “S” has come very close to being #1 in her division each year and now envisions her celebration next year at this time for having accomplished this feat. Perhaps not so surprisingly, her 2006 design includes some of the same aspects as “M”. To maintain her balance and stay on top of her game, she’s planning regular massages, flowers, silent retreats, and time with friends who stimulate and support her. Additionally, she plans to dedicate herself to reading, listening to motivational materials, and eliminating people and activities that drain her.

    How will your world look one year from today? What will you design throughout your year to honor this ‘golden vision?’ What will you eliminate? Begin this year with your end result in mind. Set your sights high. Intend to experience amazing successes.

    In closing, I would love to share with you that one year ago today, I envisioned myself as a ‘Master Certified Coach’ by January 1, 2006. This is the highest designation awarded by the International Coach Federation. There are only six MCC coaches in Oregon, and only 430 in the whole United States.

    I am thrilled to announce that I was in fact awarded this designation last Friday. A very special thanks to my clients who were interviewed and who took time to write letters on my behalf, to the other MCC coaches who tested my abilities, and to the selection committee. This is a true and very special honor.

    It feels great to accomplish your dreams. Get out there and design! Enjoy your process.


    Ann Golden Eglé, MCC
    Executive Coach & President
    Golden Visions Success Coaching, LLC

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