This is something that comes up every.single.ding.dang.year.
As soon as we get past – say – January 6 – peeps start freaking out that they haven’t done their planning for 2016.
And they throw up their hands and go:
Oh well. I missed the opportunity. Maybe next year.
So I want to do this public service announcement…
Is it TOO LATE to plan for 2016?
Shouldn’t I have all my resolutions in place on January 1?
Let me answer this with three words: Absoloodely, 100% NOT.
New Year’s Day is NOT the “Use By Date” for setting resolutions for the new year.
I have no idea why we got that idea stuck in our heads, but it’s worth chucking out the window.
We have women buying the yearly planning workbook right up until NOVEMBER of that year – and say it was still 100% worth it because of the results they got from it.
It’s just like saying:
Have I waited too long? Am I too old? Am I too late for my dreams?
I’ll tell you when it’s too late:
It’s when you never begin at all. When you give up because you won’t have 365 perfect days under your belt. When you think it’s too late to make a change, so why bother at all?
The Perfect Time To Create Your Shining Year (And Life. And Business.)
The perfect time to create your shining year is NOW.
Right where you are this moment. Right here.
It’s the point in time when you decide you are a conscious creator of your life and business.
It’s never ever too late to start crafting the business and life you want.
It’s only too late when you don’t start at all.
“It is January 11!!!! Too late to set goals for 2016!!!! Guess I’ll have to wait until next year to write goals and make my dreams come true. LOLLLLLZ NOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT”
One Thing I’ve Been Noticing…
Something I’ve been noticing in my world, and other entrepreneur’s worlds this year is this —
We’re all a bit burnt out. We’re still in holiday mode. Still soaking up the lessons from 2015.
Our heads haven’t swivelled towards 2016 yet.
Year planning definitely is happening a little later this year than usual.
It’s not just you.
As long as it gets DONE, that’s the main thing.
Want to see my own personal behind-the-scenes proof that goal setting works?
I’m doing my year-end reviews for my 2016 Create Your Shining Year in Biz goals workbook, including historical financials. I just pulled this from our stats… year in, year out growth for 6 years running (since I started recording financials properly!) I’m soooooooooo proud of what we’ve achieved… and excited what we can create in 2016.
If you’re not doing yearly business planning in your business, you’re doing yourself, your income, your company, your staff + your customers a HUGE disservice and not achieving the potential you have. If you’re committed to growth, this is what it takes. No excuses – just dedication and disciplined action towards your dreams.
How I’m doing my life + biz planning this year in my company
I’m doing it just as I do nearly every year:
2013 & 2015 planning…
I fill out my Life goals workbook first, and will add to it and revise and review as I go throughout the year. I always set a goal for when to complete it, and that’s usually before end of January.
My Biz goals workbook usually takes more time. I start by filling out all the review pieces for 2015, looking at what works, what our highest selling products are, what our wins and our challenges are. First I tend to take note of all my own reflections and experiences, then I start polling and interviewing my staff to find out their perceptions and experiences and insights so I can get a well-rounded picture of the company from the ground up.
Once I’ve done that process in the workbook, I can start looking at planning ahead for the next year. This usually happens for me every February or March, because January is too batshit insane busy-crazy for me because – whatdoyaknow – we actually SELL workbooks then.
Grantacular our General Manager + his wifey JenJen are coming over to Australia for a month to stay with us in Feb, so we can run the Shining Business Academy retreat. Sone our new Operations Manager will come down from Sydney as well for some in person retreating. We will spend the majority of our time working through the workbooks together to map out the next year for the company.
It’s such a useful framework to use when running internal business planning retreats. In fact, the Biz workbook was created from exactly that – the questions I used to use every year for my annual business planning retreats! It’s what I’ve used in my own business for many years now, and is absolutely one of the success factors behind our high-growth high-profit high-happiness $2m a year company.
Just remember: Right Where You Are Right NOW Is A Point Of Power
It’s the moment when you choose to step up, to say yes.
It’s the moment you craft your destiny from.
Who you want to be today, in this moment. Where you want to find yourself in 12 months, at the end of your life.
It’s all a blank canvas, waiting for you to take up the brush and carve it in colours in the way YOU want.
You are the one you’ve been waiting for.
YOU are the knight in shining armour.
You are your soulmate, your best friend, your cheerleader with pom poms.
You have infinite choices, infinite power, infinite abilities.
All you need do is claim. Claim your choices, claim your responsibility.
And, let me say it again because it’s just so important:
The perfect time to create your incredible year is NOW.
The Rules of Achievement
I fee like we should talk about this more. That every kid at school should be taught this.
Here’s the population research of success:
80% of the population do NOT have goals
16% THINK of their goals but don’t write them down
3% write down their goals but don’t look at them again
and just 1% – just ONE PERCENT – of the population write down their goals and regularly review them… and it THESE people who are among the highest achievers in society.
The research lays out VERY clearly what you need to do to make your dreams come true:
Think of your goals
Write them down
Regularly review them.
The 2016 Create Your Shining Year product collection helps you do just that.
Yes, I could charge more. Yes, I hear ALL the time that they are much more valuable and powerful than that price. I know that. I’m not underpricing them because I undervalue them.
I make them so cheap because I want every single woman who needs them to be able to invest in them. I want you to create your shining life and business, and I know these planners will help.
I want you to live your dreams for one simple reason:
Because I know when you do, you’ll be alight. You’ll shine so bright you’ll help thousands of others to light up. And I know, whole of heart, that when women step up to live their dreams, it will change this world. In big, beautiful, profound ways. In ways it is aching for.
P.P.S. Been waiting for your moment to say YES?
Here it is babe. Today’s the day. You DESERVE this.
This one hour video is a beautiful, intimate insight into how you can discover the wisdom that exists in your own life story.
I believe the key markings of Grant’s magical teaching style is the interweaving of heart, personal story, analogy + big AHA! moments. I like to call him the Malcolm Gladwell of the heart. This is no different.
Plus, there’s a kind of magic of watching a video recording of a live training. There’s an aliveness to it. It’s actually my favourite type of course to learn from.
(Just as an FYI as well: We have hired a professional video team for our upcoming 2 day Canberra Shining Retreat and will be releasing the full seminar videos to our Academy members. This is the kind of stuff that others sell for thousands of $$$$ – we’re just giving it our peeps, as always, to spoil + delight them. We pour all our energy into making the Academy the best, deepest + most amazing value resource out there. Hooray!)
(I gently suggestedhighly recommended forced him to use this photograph for the course because this is the regular view of Grant. Throwing back his head laughing. Our team consequently spends a lot of time looking at his neck and chin on Skype.)
Here’s what Grant says about “Discover Your Life’s Wisdom”:
It is so easy to discount what we know, what we’ve learned, the ways that our experience has taught us.
This is how we grow and discover our very own life wisdom. And we need this wisdom to take our next steps. Capturing and integrating these experiences into our current thought processes allows us to become our own teachers, letting the lessons of our life fuel our progress.
You’ll receive the course video + handout PDF to help you mine the wisdom of your own life’s wisdom.
There are many investments you can make in your business.
I get that. I know there’s a million different directions your cash can be pulled. I can guarantee though – if you turn up and make use of the Academy + its mastermind, it’s going to give you the BEST return on investment possible.
Each month, because of the Academy, you’ll be:
growing your business profit with our fast growth tactics
building your social media reach like a pro
turning them into buying customers + raving fans (making you THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS)
brainstorming with other Academy members – essential advice on how to do your business better, in ways you haven’t thought of before!
getting advice from our panel of experts (saving you cash on having to buy extra advice or programs!)
saving you valuable time searching around the whole damn interwebs for an answer and hoping it’s the right one
learning from $10,000 (and counting!) worth of training materials!
finding other members to meet up with face to face to mastermind with (MEET + GROW RICH, BABY!)
implementing our success habits + mindset to get you the BIGGEST impact with the LEAST amount of hours + tears
jumping on our monthly coaching calls to get hotseat advice (worth THOUSANDS – I usually charge $1k an hour for coaching!)
finding out the very latest business tactics and tips that are getting people RESULTS in their businesses
getting access to an incredible community of women you can work with, brainstorm with and get referrals from
getting advice on the exact right software situation for your biz needs (saving you HUNDREDS!)
all the love we can pile on you.
Let’s go, lovely. It’s time to make those dreams of yours come TRUE.
Goal setting + accomplishing your biggest hopes and dreams isn’t always an easy feat. Life gets in the way. You get sick, work gets hectic, unexpected expenses come up.
It’s just SO easy to put those goals on the back burner and well, give up.Been there, done that.
We all need + deserve support.
Sometimes we don’t get that support from the places we expect it the most and some of the most common + active posts in the 2016 Create Your Shining Year Workbookers group are those looking for meet-ups, masterminds and other like minded peeps in their area (or online!) for accountability + other support.
So we decided to create a fabulous, free guide to help you create your own workbook group!
It’s a free guide for all our Academy members + workbook users!
I look back at my own career + journey and know that it is only through being a part of dedicated groups like these are how I have achieved the amount of joy, abundance + success that I have.
Masterminds using principles like those found in the workbooks have been used for centuries by some of the world’s leading minds and entrepreneurs (including Albert Einstein, Richard Branson + Andrew Carnegie) to supercharge goals.
Creating a face-to-face workbook group means you :
manifest your dreams faster
get accountability, accountability, accountability!
brainstorming + masterminding
stay on track
it’s totes FUN!
There are many blessings and lessons that come with leading a group.
It will supercharge your growth + really help you learn how to be sovereign, maintain boundaries + guide energy in the right direction and I honour you for the brilliant, brave leap are looking to undertake. I love a woman who takes the reins + does what it takes!
In this Guide to Starting + Running A Workbook Group you’ll learn:
why it’s incredibly useful to have a local workbook group
where you should run them
how to find people for your workbook group
if you can charge for workbook groups
how to run them so they are effective + powerful for everyone.
I took a long thin canvas, glued a bunch of tissue paper and fabric on it to give it texture. I then painted it with acrylic paints, added a bunch of stamping and gold stickers, and tore out gold leaf-esque paper to form the letters for “Faith.”
It now hangs in my daughter’s room, which makes me smile.
I had a piece of old board that I’d found (under the 100+ year old house we had bought from my grandmother). I painted it roughly with white paint so some of the texture showed through. Then I cut out the letters from paper I had painted with different colours.
2015: Thrive artwork
This year I decided to do another painting to hang in my office. It’s so helpful to have a big painting to remind me of my word of the year.
My word for the year this year is THRIVE.
It was also my year for 2015, and I feel like my journey with it is not over yet.
I’ve learned a lot about thriving, and I want to settle more deeply into it.
Now we are settled in Canberra, my deepest intention is for me and all members of my lil family to be thriving.
How I made it!
I decided I wanted to make a mixed media artwork with a photograph as a base.
I thought about some photographs I had, and thought about how this photo Chris took of me a few years ago felt like a really beautiful embodiment of “THRIVE”.
Here’s the original photograph:
I knew I would print it in black and white, so I opened it Adobe Photoshop, and converted it to black and white and played around with the contrasts until it looked great in black and white. I also cropped it to centre better.
I ordered it as an engineering print from Officeworks – they call them the more generic “black and white posters” there. It was only about $8 for a big A1 sized print.
It ended up looking like this:
Then I used some Sennelier Shellac ink in a couple of blue tones to wash the background in with a wide brush and plenty of water.
I flicked on some less watered down ink, and held the paper up to let the excess painting dribble down the painting.
Once it was dry I used acrylic paint to hand letter my word of the year on it.
It now hangs in my office next to my favourite birthday gift from last year:
the pink unicorn head that whinnies and makes sparkly noises when you walk past it. HAHAHAHA!
(I bought it for $15 from Kmart. BEST.DOLLARS.SPENT.EVER.)
“Pinky Sparkly Unicorn” (as Ostara calls him) is wearing around his neck a silk khata – a ceremonial scarf blessed by monks that Sone was given when she was trekking in Tibet. She gifted it on to me for my birthday and it made me tear up.
Anywaysies… I’m thrilled with how it turned out.
And while Chris was taking photos of me in the studio, I got him to photograph me at my desk as well.
Obviously, I love quite a lot of colour surrounding me as I work!
I’m excited too… as a reward for myself for meeting our revenue goals this year, I’ve just ordered a treadmill desk. I will report back in and let you know how it goes!
Hope this has inspired you to keep diving into your Shining Year workbooks, coming up with your own theme for the year and maybe even making your own artwork as a celebration and reminder of your theme!
I’m inspired to do more large-scale paintings this year... I’ve done hundreds of pieces of small artworks in the past few years… it would be lovely to get back into some bigger acrylic paintings as a “just for fun, just for me” creative side project. I do love a good creative side project… it keeps me inspired and invigorated!
Lots of love from my creative heart to yours, Leonie xoxoxo
P.S. Just as an FYI: our stocks are starting to run low on 2016 Shining Year workbooks. We definitely won’t have printed supplies for much longer. If you’re keen to get yours, do it now, love. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on this opportunity to craft a beautiful life or biz for yourself this year. We’ve only got one gorgeous life to live… might as well live it in full colour. ORDER YOURS NOW.