Four easy steps to a meaningful 2017


How to create an action plan for a successful 2017

Having a plan will help you hit your life targets and bring you personal satisfaction.  

In this article we’ll show you in four easy steps how to identify your goals and create a simple plan to get the results you want.

Step 1. Revisit your personal values and what’s important to you 

Personal values are your ethics, principles, beliefs and the way you’d like to live your life. They are essentially guidelines that reflect your attitude.

Examples of personal values are (in no particular order):

  1. Have a good home/work balance
  2. Be a great partner, parent and son or daughter to your parents
  3. To have empathy and care for other people
  4. Have courage and to encourage others
  5. Having a healthy mind & body
  6. Honesty and integrity

When you define your personal values, you discover what’s truly important to you. A good way of starting is to look back on your life to identify when you felt really good, and confident that you were making good decisions.

Everyone will have a different set of values, knowing what’s important to you will help bring clarity to your decision making.

Step 2. Write down your key concerns

Your key concerns will be much easier to tackle when they’re written down. No computer or tablet, just good old fashioned paper.


  1. I don’t have a healthy lifestyle
  2. I have no time for myself or my kids
  3. I never have any money

When making your list add a brief explanation. For example, a reason you think you don’t have a healthy lifestyle may be: ‘I eat too much junk food, drink too much wine and I’m very unfit.’

Be realistic and focus on things you can change, not things out of your control.

Step 3. Make a list

Using your personal values and key concerns make a list of things that you’d like to do or accomplish by the end of the year. Be purposeful and realistic with what can be achieved. 


Key concern What I’d like to achieve
I’d like to live a healthier lifestyle Change my diet, start a realistic meal plan & improve my fitness
I have no time for myself or my kids Schedule meaningful time with my children, have ‘me time’ activities/times as part of weekly routine & create a better home/work balance
My cash flow is terrible Have a spending plan & save $XX by December

Identifying what you’d like to change is important, but knowing how you’d like to change is just as important. 

Step 4. Create your action plan

Write down the ‘how’.  For example: I’ll change my diet by planning out my meals each week and buying groceries specifically for my meals. Making a meal plan and shopping specifically for the meal plan will probably do two things, help improve your diet and improve your cash flow.

Keep the ‘how’ simple and achievable.  Complex plans are a lot harder to accomplish so go for the KIS principle (keep it simple).

When done the right way planning can be liberating, fun and give you the direction to enjoy life.

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