Episode 018 – Show Notes
Happy New Year! This is going to be a great year. It’s a new year, for a new you! I hope you are as excited and motivated as I am to get started.
This year will see some amazing things happening for both the podcast and blog that I’d like to share with you today. Join me today as I discuss:
Today On Expand Your Life Podcast
- Things I’ve learned about podcasting
- What to expect this year for Expand Your Life Podcast
- What to expect this year from Somewhat Ordinary
- Special projects
- What you can expect from me this year
- Natural learning progression of personal development
- Setting goals
- Word/Theme for the year
Welcome to Expand Your Life Podcast. This is Jc Jones and you’re listening to episode 18. Happy New Year! 2020 is now here.
This year we’ll see some amazing things happening for both the podcast and the blog, and today I’d like to share some of that with you. This will give you a heads up on what to expect each month out of the new year, and I’m also putting it all out there today to keep myself accountable to you in achieving my goals this year.
First, let’s do a little recap of last year. The podcast has been going for a full three months now. We’ve been discussing quite a bit about self-awareness. And one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about podcasting is that it’s not as easy as it looks. Talking to no one in front of you is very much a learned skill. Editing podcasts, the time it takes to create just one episode with graphics, show notes, and any free resources, it takes an incredible amount of time.
But something else I’ve learned is that the more I do it the easier it gets, the faster I get. Just like any skill that you’re learning. The more you do it, the better you get at it. And that’s something I just need to remember when I’m feeling discouraged. Just keep chugging. Another thing I’ve learned is that the more I do it, the more I enjoy doing it. So we’ll keep putting out the episodes each week.
We’re just about done with the self-awareness workbook. I think we just have a couple more episodes to go before we’re completely through with that. Yep, Episode 20 looks like the last episode we’ll be working on the self-awareness workbook. The first quarter of 2020 we will continue to delve into self-awareness. The focus will be a little different. It will be more about figuring out who you are. Discovering your identity. This is still a part of becoming self-aware. Pretty much every step of personal development includes some form of self-awareness.
How I’ve set up the New Year is how I see personal development or learning about personal development, how it naturally progresses. So what we’ll be going over in quarter one will be covering identity. Who you are.
Quarter two we’ll go over your outlook and mindset.
Quarter three is discovering your vision and purpose and what you want your life to look like.
Quarter four will be your goals. Creating a plan.
And 2021 will be all about taking action and getting out of your comfort zone.
If you have subscribed to the Expand Your Life podcast newsletter, I’ll go over what you’ll receive in that each month. Basically, it will be a recap of the month, with links to each of the episodes that came out that month with a short description. It will have links to any Facebook live videos available for that month, and it will have links to any new free downloadable workbooks that have become available.
So my goals for the podcast this year. 50 weekly episodes. Monthly Facebook live sessions. The topics of those I’ll announce on the podcast or in the newsletter. And then I’ll also provide free downloadable workbooks or worksheets as needed to aid you in some of the areas that we’ll be working on this year. And, of course, we’ll have the quarterly themes that I told you about earlier.
My goals for the blog this year. There will be new articles posted on the blog website, Somewhat Ordinary twice a month. I will also be doing a monthly Facebook live in the Master Your Goals Facebook Group. These Facebook lives we’ll be talking about subjects on setting and achieving your goals for the year.
There’ll be two major projects going this year for the Blog. The first one is a book that will be finished by September 3rd, 2020. The tentative title of this book is How to Become the Get Shit Done Girl. If you want to start getting shit done in your life, this book should be released by the end of 2020. There hasn’t been an exact date set yet, but hopefully that will be done by the end of the year and made available.
Also, November 1st, 2020 the Master Your Goals Course on Teachable will be launched. So that will be something to look forward to. All in all, it’s shaping up to be quite a year.
There may be a few other things that happened this year that I’m not going to commit to right now, simply because I’m not sure that the timing is quite right this year for some other projects I have in mind, and the wrinkles haven’t been quite ironed out completely. They’ll be just some nice surprises for you throughout the year if these other projects come to fruition. And if not, you’ll never know the difference, right?
All right, what are some of the goals that you have set this year? You know, setting goals is easy for some and difficult for others. Which camp do you fall into? When I first started setting goals, I fell into the later camp. I felt like I had to find the perfect way to set a goal in order to achieve it. So I went on a bit of a quest to try everything I could get my hands on. And the biggest lesson I learned from all of that is setting goals is simple. It’s a lot simpler than I was making it, and achieving your goals is more about mindset than taking action. Don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot of action that needs to get done in order to achieve the things that you want to achieve. But without the right mindset, we tend to put up roadblocks based on limiting thoughts, and how we feel.
So when you’re setting your goals this year, one suggestion I can make is ask yourself, How do you want to feel this year? And write down the first thing that comes to your mind. How do you want to feel this year? I think figuring that out is probably the best thing you can do when it comes to deciding what goals to set, how to set them. To create a new way of feeling will give you a lot more motivation to work on your goals this year and to keep on task and actually achieve the things that you want. So try it.
Usually whatever I end up picking as far as how I want to feel becomes my word of the year. I base all the goals that I set on that word to create a theme for my year. A theme for how I want to feel. The decisions I make and the projects I work on have to go through the filter of this theme.
Some of the ones I’ve picked. Well, to be honest with you, I picked two words every year. I’ve never been able to pick just one. I started picking a theme of the year in 2017. My two words that year were organized and enough. 2018 my words were clarity and freedom. 2018 I also had a third theme for the year, which was no regrets, which I carried over into 2019. So 2019 was no regrets and just do it. So as you can see from my themes of the year, there’s no wrong way of doing this. My words for 2020 are consistency and service.
My words have changed over the years from feeling words to words that I either want more of, want to focus on, or things that I’d like to improve on for the year. And once I have decided on my words for the year, what I do is I write it down. I look up the definition for the word. I look up different synonyms for the word, and then I also write down what it means to me. What that looks like for me. And then I put it where I’ll see it, or I’ll see it often, so that I don’t forget about it. And seeing it often, will keep it more in my mind.
And then, as I set my goals for the year or for each quarter of the year, I first ask myself, for instance, my words for this year are consistency and service. So the questions I ask myself for each area of my life are How can I be more consistent in that area? And how could I serve more in that area? So that kind of gives you a general idea of how I use the word of the year or theme of the year.
If you’re interested, I will put a list of yearly theme or word ideas on the show notes page for you to check out along with any other resources I’ve mentioned today. I’ll put links to those. If you want to join the Master Your Goals Facebook group, there’ll be a link for that on the show notes age also, so make sure to check that out.
Once again. Happy New Year. I hope you’re as excited as I am to get this year rolling. Next week on the podcast, we will talk about question #14 of the Self Awareness Workbook. And the question is, What activities do I engage in to escape reality? So think about that and we’ll talk more about that next week.
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