Limitless Leader Podcast with Sheryl Kline, M.A. CHPC

Two Ways to Get Clear on What Really Matters in 2022

December 11, 2021 Sheryl Kline M.A., CHPC
Limitless Leader Podcast with Sheryl Kline, M.A. CHPC
Two Ways to Get Clear on What Really Matters in 2022
Show Notes

Do you ever get distracted or veer from what’s most important? Maybe you’re too overwhelmed to think about it, or you’re not even clear on what it is anymore! If so, you’re definitely not alone.

Maybe it’s time to course-correct and get more strategic about the year you want to have and the impact you’re going to create in 2022…

This has certainly been a year of reflection, and it’s the perfect time to get clear on what matters most to you, how you’d like to achieve it, and how you’d like to feel in the process.

Maybe you’re so busy that you don’t have time to make a shift, or you are not sure where to start. As we wind up the year, here are a couple of things that might help create the impact you want and deserve on your terms.

Consider, goals (while important!) are not just about meeting/exceeding projections, having more influence with leadership, and driving initiatives. There are important pre-steps to launch to your impact, success, and joy in 2022.

When planning for the upcoming year, try starting with your lifestyle goals first. How do you want to live your life and how do you want to feel? What’s most important to you in terms of time with family, friends, and your personal wellness (ie: girl's weekends, working out, etc.)

Then and only then, go back to thinking about what career impact you would like to have in 2022, what your ideal workday looks like, and who is the most important person that I need to make a big ask that can help make all of this happen?

World-class performers have laser-like focus when it comes to what they want to create. Nothing is random, so don’t allow YOUR lifestyle and impact to be random either!

Don’t consider resigning. Consider redesigning!

To make this happen, it’s important for your long-term vision to link up with your short-term controllable needle movers.

Here are two tips to get started:

1). For Long-Term Focus: Create a Personal Manifesto.

Let’s say you’re an Olympian. You’d be remarkably clear about your future ambitions, and you’d visit them often in your mind. You’d visualize what you want in an extremely vivid and visceral way, and you’d be consistent about bringing your future self and your future experiences to life.

Here’s an example from my book ZONED IN: The Mental Toughness Required for a World-Class YOU that explains this point:

Months and even years before the Rio Games arrived, Kayla Harrison, a 26-year-old judoka (Judo athlete), practiced imagery training for 10 minutes before falling asleep each night... mentally going through entire days of Olympic competition. “Waking up, weighing in, packing my bag, getting on the bus, listening to certain music etc.” she said. “Every night I visualize myself winning the Olympics.” She then went on to defend her Olympic judo title in Rio!

Not training for the Olympics? ... No problem.What you want to achieve is your Olympics. Start by writing your personal manifesto by thinking through these prompts:
  • If you had a magic wand, what would come to life for you in the next 6-12 months?
  • Make it as vivid and visceral as possible (what would you do, how would you feel when you do it, etc.)
  • What are your gut and heart telling you? Who else would be impacted? What are the consequences if you do not take action?
You get the idea. Be sure to read it every night before you go to bed.

If you want to go all-in with this, have an offsite, grab a couple of friends or your partner and spend the day somewhere inspiring to dream big and put a plan in place. I’ll be doing that this Sunday, and I’d love to hear what you come up with!

Remember, if you are truly a linchpin, you may have more leverage than you think to make some important course cor