Practical Tips for Starting Your PowerSheets Prep
Next week is a big week around here: PowerSheets Prep Week! With daily video coaching and your PowerSheets® in hand, we'll break down our proven goal-setting process into five parts you can complete when you're ready (including each day with us, next week, if you'd like!).
During Prep Week, Team Cultivate will be sharing tips, tricks, and encouragement to help you prepare for the new year. You'll first uncover what really matters to you, and then set PowerSheets goals that will help you live it out!
We’re starting now so that you’ll have everything you need when it comes time to dig in! Whether you’re jumping into the Prep Work with us next week, have already gotten started, or know your PowerSheets will be waiting under the Christmas tree for you, everything you need will be right here on the Cultivate blog.
As we get ready to turn the corner into Prep Week, we wanted to share a few ideas for how to self-reflect in a meaningful way. For some of us, self-reflection might not be a natural part of our regular life, so sitting with the introspective questions in our PowerSheets might feel uncomfortable. They might ask us to look at painful parts of our life or acknowledge fears we have. This is natural—whenever there's a gap between where we are and where we want to be (even if our life is going well!), we're bound to feel that tension of wasted time or regret.
And that's not a bad thing! Use that tension—that pain—as fuel to move forward. (That's why we're setting goals, right?) After all, what causes people to change starts with one pivotal moment:it’s the moment when you decide that the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.
Friends, fear is a non-negotiable when going after your goals. It's natural and essential! The good news? Each time you step out of your comfort zone, the next uncomfortable thing feels a little easier. And, you can soften the blow a bit in the midst of the uncomfortableness by intentionally bringing comfort and refreshment to the experience. And that's where these tips come in!
Even if you're just stealing 15 minutes here and there to work on your PowerSheets Prep Work, that time can and should feel like a mini personal retreat. After all, you're doing really good work! Here are some of our best tips as you prepare to get started:
- Get physically comfortable! Wrap yourself in your favorite blanket, kick off your shoes, sit yourself in front of a window with a view, or head to your favorite coffee shop or library.
- Switch on a sensory cue. Turn up a favorite playlist (pump-up hits or relaxing instrumental—your choice!) or light a candle. These cues will help your brain know something special is going on!
- Fuel yourself. If you're working through your Prep and setting goals in one big chunk (it took Lara five hours, if you're looking for a benchmark!), pack a snack and have a glass of water, coffee, or tea at the ready. Hangry goal-getters aren't nearly as effective!
- Put your phone in another room so that you aren't distracted by news updates, texts from friends, or social media notifications. Studies have shown that we are much more likely to pick up our phones when they are visible as opposed to out of sight, so the removal to another room (or at least your bag) is important!
You opened the bright yellow box. You've flipped through your PowerSheets. Next week, the work—and fun!—begins. As we walk through PowerSheets Prep Week together, remember: change takes change. Our brains don't always like change, but pushing through the tension is worth it! A year from now, you will be so glad you started today.
We want to hear from you! Do you block off an entire Saturday morning for your Prep, or tackle it a few minutes a day? Let us know in the comments below!