Planning 2015 With Passion

By Dawn Kaiser
The Village Business Institute

Where did 2014 go?

It feels just like yesterday I was sitting in my office dreaming of all the things I wanted to accomplish in the coming year. But, here we are already in the first month of 2015.

Now I don’t know about you, but looking back over the year, I see there was a lot crossed off my to-do list, but I feel that there was still so much more that needed to be done. Part of me feels like I needed more time, but then I remember what Zig Ziglar once said, “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.” Direction really is about focusing on the things that are most important. It is about getting clear on your goals and passions in life and then incorporating them into your daily life, not just adding them to a to-do list.

A friend of mine introduced me to a new tool called the Passion Planner. ( Yes, this is an old school planner, not a high-tech one, but to me there is something powerful about writing things down that connects more with my soul than just typing things into a computer. I’m not telling you to get rid of your technology tools. In fact, I will still use my online calendar system because I need to share my calendar with others, and I will still have my master list online because I can use that to store potential activities that are not urgent.

What I love about the Passion Planner is that it helps to create a roadmap for achieving your goals by helping you  breakdown the big dreams that lay ahead in 2015 and beyond. Essentially the creator of this planner is using the “goal setting to the NOW” technique that Gary Keller describes in his book The One Thing. It takes your “someday” goal and asks what can you do this month, this week, this day, and right now to achieve your desires?

Another shift I’m making in 2015 is a move toward focusing on tasks that help me achieve how I want to feel in life and at work. I know most of the time we don’t talk about feelings, especially at work. But I think it is important to recognize that our passions are linked to something bigger than just doing; they are linked to our being. How do you want to feel in 2015? Smart? Empowered? Sassy? Connected?  Influential? Spend some time thinking about what feelings you desire and then focus on creating experiences or activities that help you achieve that feeling. If you want to dig deeper into this area check out Danielle LaPorte’s book, Desire Map. It has been instrumental in helping me get clearer about what I desire out of life.

As we begin 2015 I wish you a year full of passion and joy. May you find fulfillment in all you do and in who you are. Let 2015 be a year of making the impossible, possible!

Live Joy-filled. Lead Joy-filled. Serve Joy-filled.


Dawn Kaiser, The Village Business Institute

Author Bio

Dawn Kaiser is an inspirational educator, joyologist, blogger, altruist and positive thought leader. She specializes in heart-driven leadership, positive psychology and personal achievement. Dawn focuses on helping hundreds of clients all over the world thrive both personally and professionally in life through her work at The Village Business Institute. Find her on Facebook, Twitter (@joyrefueler), LinkedIn or online at Dawn is available to speak nationwide.