Make It Your Best Year EVER

As I do every November — I spent a few focused hours doing a Year-in-Review assessment of the closing year AND setting goals for the coming year.

I’ve been doing this as a personal practice for more than a decade and have been coaching others to do this for more than a decade. Each year, I make tweaks and improvements as I see fit.

And I must say … that my newest Weekly Progress Template is my best, most cohesive, no BS version, to date! It’s the creme-de-la-creme of Weekly Progress Templates. 

I’m, of course, happy to share it with YOU – for you to adapt and use as you see fit, all in support of Your Best Year EVER!  

First, here’s a no-nonsense truth about goal setting: Goal setting, by itself, doesn’t work. Your goals and intentions must be paired with an ongoing, consistent, aligned, action plan – a way to stay in momentum with the intentions you’re setting out to accomplish and create.

That’s why, in addition to setting my 2018 goals, I have also blocked out time in my calendar (on repeat, the same day, same time, every single week) to fill out this new-and-improved Weekly Progress Template.

Here ’tis:

The Create Your Life! Weekly Progress Template

THREE Gratitudes/Celebrations From the Past Week:

Uno.)

Dos.)

Tres.)

JOURNAL after considering the following questions:

What went well this week? What didn’t go so well? How do I feel? Where might I have overcommitted? Where did I come up against resistance? What can I do different next week to better support my goals, dreams, values, and intentions? Where do I need support?

THEN, fill in this chart … 5 Life “Buckets” + 1 Specific Goal per Bucket + This Week’s Challenging-But-Doable Action Step

5 Life “Buckets”/ Categories of Focus For Your Year (e.g. Fitness, Travel, Creativity, Money, Love, Travel, Family …)

 Identify ONE 2018 Goal
for each “Bucket” (Be specific: “I will know I’ve successfully achieved this when ________.”)

This Week’s Challenging-but-Doable Action Step
to Move Closer to Your Goal For The Year 

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(So, to recap, that’s … 5 Categories of Focus, 5 Specific Goals, and 5 Action Steps for the week. Your Categories and Goals for the year will repeat, and your 5 Action Steps will be unique to the week. Fill in this chart, every week, to pinpoint your weekly steps to stay focused, aligned, and in forward momentum toward your annual goals. This, times 52 weeks, and just imagine what YOU can create!)

Then, last but not least …

IDENTIFY Three Core Desired Feelings for the week:  (E.g.: Grounded, Loving, Grateful, Focused, Peaceful…)

Uno.)

Dos.)

Tres.)

Boom. And you’re off. May 2018 be YOUR Best Year Ever!!

Have questions or want some personalized support? I love connecting with people from my online community. Run don’t walk … Go here now to get on my calendar for a complimentary session: sessionwithTara.com. I look forward to our connection!

To your success,


Tara Sage Steeves
Master Coach, Possibility Queen, Gypsy Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Nomad, Salsera, Life Hack Pro, Owner of two location-independent companies: Create Your Life! & Nomadic Leaders 

A Bold Life Experiment

Experiments, by their very nature, aren’t about “doing it right”. They are about trial and error and opening up to new discoveries found along the way. Yet, all too often we stay put and play it “safe” – out of fear of failure, or doing it wrong, or believing it has to be perfectly perfect. These fears and limiting beliefs are exactly what keeps you stuck in repeating patterns and creating unwanted results.

By experimenting with new approaches and ways of being, life quickly becomes an adventure again, and new, exciting, creative opportunities begin to show themselves.

What I’m sharing with you here is two-fold: 

  1. Give a sneak-peak into Day 1 of my *FREE* 5-Day Mission Possible Experiments-in-Action Program.
  2. Share a BOLD personal experiment I’m about to embark on in my own life. 

So first, the scoop on the 5-day Mission Possible Experiments-in-Action experience — which you can claim here, my gift to you — is that it simply requires a willingness to engage in each of our five specially-designed, unique, powerful, fun, hands-on, can’t-do-it-wrong Experiments. Designed with busy people in mind, each high-impact experiment can easily be integrated into your day no matter what your schedule is.

And since “someday” is not a day of the week, it all starts NOW, with you creating a pure and powerful dream-accelerating ripple effect in your life, dusting off those dreams that have been put way up on that hard-to-reach shelf, or have been locked away or long forgotten – or that simply feel too unrealistic or impossible to ever actually come to fruition.

The 5-Day Experiments-in-Action Program will help you get personal with your dreams, open up to new discoveries, and activate that powerful, playful, dormant creativity that resides within YOU. Whether you are a manifesting aficionado, or have never really given your dreams much attention or importance, or maybe aren’t sure what your dreams are — either way, you will receive so much from this FREE Program.

To give you a taster, here’s Mission Possible Experiment #1:

The way you do things is, in many ways, as important as WHAT you do.

One of my biggest passions and unique abilities is helping driven dreamers and what I often refer to as “closeted creatives” to break pattern and release themselves from status quo expectations and “shoulds”, while quickly creating a life that they truly can’t wait to get-up-and-out-of-bed-for-in-the-morning.

You’ve likely heard this quote before, frequently credited to Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Whoever said it … there’s truth to it.

Making a conscious shift in your routine, even a slight one, can be a way to intentionally shake things up! While routine and consistent approaches can support efficiency and learning new skills … the down-side is that same-old-same-old routines can become monotonous and detrimental, stifling your creative energy and impeding the spontaneity and fun that comes from the unexpected!

These “creature of habit” behaviors can quickly become robotic, unconscious ways of being. For example: Have you even gotten in the car and gone to work, or the gym, or the grocery store, and after arriving realized that you don’t remember the actual drive there?

When you take the same route, time and time again, your mind goes into autopilot. This can happen with your life too. And, especially for us creative thinkers, and innovative dreamers … autopilot gets downright BORING!

So, consider for yourself: What do YOU do, in the same way, virtually every time? What’s YOUR routine?

Step 1) Scan through a typical day in your mind and decide on something that you’ll do differently today – something that breaks up your everyday pattern. Color outside the lines, so to speak, of what’s “typical” for you.

It doesn’t have to be earth shattering to be significant.

Whatever it is that you choose to do differently, allow it to be a symbolic welcoming of new patterns and new experiences in your life. Allow it to serve as a small yet powerful demonstration of your personal willingness to embark on a playful adventure into the unknown.

For example, you might:

  • Take a different route to work.
  • Wear an outfit that you never wear.
  • Eat something new or different.
  • If you always eat with others, eat alone – or vice versa.
  • Call someone you haven’t talked to in years.
  • Switch up your work-out routine, doing something new to work up a sweat.
  • Exit/enter through a different door than you usually do.
  • Maybe go outside and walk around your home in order to get from one room to another. 🙂
  • You get the idea…

Step 2) Pay attention to how it feels.

Tune in and be the Curious Observer of your own experience. Really notice what comes up for you and write down your observations. (For fun, you might pretend you’re wearing a lab coat while you make your notes.) Do your best to resist judging what you notice. Just notice, while staying curious about what you see, feel, and experience.

The entire 5-day process is simple AND it’s powerful. Join me for this 5-day Experiments-in-Action Program and by this time next week, you will have uncovered new ideas, possibilities, and solutions for your life that you hadn’t seen before … all by simply integrating one experiment per day that can be easily done, no matter what your schedule!

As promised, here’s the more personal second part of my share with you today. Want to know about the BOLD experiment I’m about to embark on in my own life?  Click below to read more and follow the journey…

May your dreams always inspire more than they intimidate,

CONTENT TOO GOOD TO HOARD

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been waiting for the “right” time to share this …. and I got a kick-in-the pants to do it now after watching a video by Kyle Cease about hoarding content.

Oddly enough, I too had been on the very same thought-train earlier this week. Just a few days ago, I decided I would publicly share some Truly Transformative content from one of my Members Only Programs, freely … simply because it’s too important NOT to share with as many people as possible. I decided that I’m simply not comfortable only sharing it with a select few.

So, here it is. Click here to watch.

 
Fauxbias Video

In this video, I reveal my proven 3-step Freedom From Fauxbias™ Process, to stop F.E.A.R from: 1) sabotaging your dreams, 2) undermining your potential, and 3) slowing down your success. Forever change your relationship with fear. Create a life that you can’t wait to get-up-and-out-of-bed-for-in-the-morning and live the life you’ve always dreamed of – now, not later.

From my heart to yours, I hope this content serves you well. Honestly, I hope it completely rocks your world – because I know it can. I hope it supports you in big ways *and* small. Not only do I hope you will watch it, and bravely comment (as prompted by what I share in this video) … I ALSO hope you will pass it on because *far too many* people don’t know this critically important information, information that can quite literally change the course of your life.

Big talk, I know. And I stand behind every word.

A global shift in consciousness is underway and brave dreamers and doers are rapidly propelling this awakening further. Watch, and please do pass it on. Together we are so much more.

May your dreams always inspire more than they intimidate,

How Public Speaking Can Propel Your Professional Success AND Your Personal Growth

Public speaking is a critically important avenue for leadership and growth — yet far too many let fear, or lack of skills and confidence impede their ability to serve and to grow, both personally and professionally.

Here’s what I say to that … “Not on my watch!!”  

That’s why I made this special Tips from Tara video for YOU.  

How Public Speaking Can Propel Your Professional Success AND Your Personal Growth

Please click here to watch it today.

Public Speaking Video

Have questions? Reach out – I’d love to hear from you!

Onward and upward,

 

 

 

What’s YOUR name?

I’m going to get very personal with you here.

This week, Bethany Pearson O’Connor (a Facebook contact of mine that I don’t personally know but we share friends in common) posted something incredibly brave and articulate, about her name. And by no coincidence, I happened to see it.

While her post was about her name on the surface level, what it’s really about is her coming home to herself.

With some trepidation, I’ve decided to follow her lead, and write and share my own name story with you today. The very curious synergy of her timing, and my seeing it, feels too important for me to ignore.

I too, in these last days of 2016, have been coming home to myself, through my name. My sharing this very personal and very vulnerable story with you feels a bit like I’m undressing in front of a crowd. But, it’s my strong sense that it would not only be healing and empowering to share it, but also that it may speak deeply to you as well if you read it to the end.

My birth name was: Tara Michelle Gross.

As I’m sure you can imagine “being Gross” made me an easy target for schoolyard antics. I remember kids asking me if my middle name was “is” or “looks” or “smells”. Mean.

I remember coming home from school and telling my dad about kids making fun of my name. His response was: “Don’t make your bad day my bad day.” YUP. Keep it to yourself, kid. Don’t share your hardships with me. Don’t burden me with your hurts. You’re on your own…. Or at least that’s the message I got.

As an adult, I’ve come to know that my dad absolutely did his best and that none of his limitations or “issues” were about me. That said, it certainly didn’t make for an easy childhood. Another dad quote: “Do as I say, not as I do.” Interestingly, in his own backward way, my father became one of my greatest teachers. I made the commitment to myself to do everything in my power to live and act with the integrity and honesty of BEing someone who walks my talk. Who’s word is gold. Thanks, dad.

Anyway, so my middle name wasn’t “is” … it was Michelle.

Have you ever had the experience of meeting someone and having the sense that they have the “wrong name”? Like, it just doesn’t fit?? Sometimes I can’t for the life of me remember someone’s name, and I feel like it doesn’t stick in my brain because it’s the wrong name for them. I want to, and sometimes mistakenly do, call them by another name.

Well, I can honestly say I have ALWAYS felt like a “Tara”. It’s right. It’s MY name. My soul and “Tara” feel like a right match. 

But Michelle? Meh. It always felt flat to me. I accepted it, I didn’t mind it. It’s what was on my birth certificate. But it never really felt like “me.” It was fine. No matter. I was pretty indifferent to it.

In 2003, I went to a festival in the desert called Burning Man. It was a transformational experience in many ways. On “the playa” people often named themselves. I remember meeting a woman who introduced herself as “Delectable”, for example. Another was Dr. Wasabi. When asked what MY name was … before I could even think about it, the words “Tara Sage” came out of my mouth. I’m not sure why or where it came from. “Huh,” I thoug ht, as I heard myself. Sure, yeh, Tara Sage … I liked it. And for that week in the desert, I was Tara Sage.

After I returned from 10 very transformative days in the desert, I quickly learned that I was *still* Tara Sage. Very much so, in fact.

The end of 2004, I got married. And, about 5 years later, divorced. When I married, I honestly didn’t think long and hard about the prospect of changing my name. On so many levels, I was done being Gross. 🙂 I welcomed the change: Steeves. Ok then. I had no strong objections. It seemed a perfectly fine name.

A very wise and well-meaning friend of mine, challenged me on this decision. “Why would you take your husband’s name?” she asked. “You should keep your name.”

Well, my answer to her was, look, neither one is “my” name. The way I saw it, I either had what was my now long-estranged father’s name, or my husband’s name.

I did briefly consider taking my mother’s maiden name, Giannoni, which would have in many ways felt right and have honored the fact that my half-Italian roots represented my true family, in every sense of the word …. but I decided against it. I thought that would be especially confusing and my soon-to-be husband probably wouldn’t have appreciated it. So, by default, Steeves it was.

And while I was at it, I figured this was an opportunity to let go of “Michelle” and at least own my ‘Tara Sage’ self. So, I legally changed my middle name too and became Tara Sage Steeves.

After marrying, as my business grew, and with it my “personal brand”, and I became a twice-published author as Tara Sage Steeves, I realized I was pretty locked in to that name. So when I divorced, my name remained. While I really didn’t want his name anymore, I honestly didn’t think too long and hard about it. It just seemed logical that due to my “public” face, and wanting to avert any damage-control to my brand or my business, I remained Steeves. And, legally, I still remain Steeves.

BUT – interestingly, on my holiday travels last week, I had lunch with that same friend, and my name came up again in conversation. She shared that she thinks I could just be Tara Sage. Sage, she said, could be my “last” name. In a sentence, she seeded a question in my mind and heart. Do I want to revisit this? Could I just be Tara Sage?

I mulled it over for a few days. And then, on December 23, I dropped “Steeves” from my Facebook name. It felt like a small but personally empowering and important step. And I was honestly relieved that it seemed to go rather unnoticed.

But however vulnerable it is for me, seeing Bethany’s post just a few days later, I gotta say … it feels good to be shining a light on it. Freeing!

While I’m in no hurry to manage all the many logistical pieces that would be involved in a legal name change, perhaps Prince was on to something… You can call me Tara. Or Tara Sage Steeves. Or “the life coach formerly known as Tara Sage Steeves.” 🙂

Or, if you’d like, you can call me Tara Sage.

Allow me to invite YOU to consider for yourself:

  • As our calendar year comes to a close, what would be most empowering for YOU to let go of before the 2017 bell tolls? (A worthwhile question for anytime of year so if you’re reading this post-2017 calendar turn, then think: end of the month.)
  • What would best express the truest, brightest, most authentic version of YOU?

With love, and truth, and the freedom of letting go of the old,

Happy New Year! 

May it be truly merry and bright,

 

A ‘Live Your Dreams’ Riddle

I have a riddle for you.

Q. What does:

==> a professional pool player,
==> an ultra-marathoner grandma,
==> folks who said “sayonara” to their corporate career to bravely follow their bliss,
==> a wanderlusting dental hygienist who packed it up and became an expat in Costa Rica,
==> a 6-figure business owning work-from-home mom,
==> AND, a she-bought-the-building artist and art studio owner

… all have in common?

A. They are ALL super-powered dream accelerator super-heroines!

They know how to go from “crazy idea” to fulfilled idea.

They know how to accelerate their dreams *despite* FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt), and despite “obstacles”, and despite limited resources, and despite the opinions of others…

They learned this set of superpowers in The Dream Acceleration Program – and you can too.

==> They can hear things that they couldn’t hear before.

==> They can see things that they couldn’t see before.

==> They can l̶e̶a̶p̶ [correction] buy a building in a single bound … 😆  

==> They can create and live that which they previously thought to be impossible!!

Why? How?

This: www.DreamAccelerationProgram.com They learned the science and artistry of dream acceleration. And they now have the tools and the Dream Team support they need to make. it. happen.

They said yes to this unique, comprehensive, (and afforadable — you’re going to love the price!) coaching program that has elements of laser focused self-study AND has tons of 1-to-1 customized support built in. Designed very intentionally: this magic mix will keep you motivated, engaged, on track, and in full implementation of all the laser-focused content.

Being Captain Obvious for a moment … the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll know what propelled these folks, and so many others, forward so f-a-s-t — and how to do it yourself!

Curious? Click on over to www.dreamaccelerationprogram.com for all the delicious details and get ready to be the next success story. Get ready to create YOUR I-can’t-wait-to-get-up-and-out-of-bed-in-the-morning life – now not later because, can we agree, it sure seems like a silly thing to put off, doesn’t it??

Listen and act on the stir in your heart. Say yes and let’s get started. You have my personal commitment to providing top-notch life-changing content in this program, all with personalized support to quickly and powerfully implement this super-powered material.

Questions? Reach out and ask away!

No Marketing Monkeyshine

What have YOU been dreaming about lately? 

As of late, I’ve been working on a dream project of my own which I’ll be telling you about soon. (I’m a lifelong student of my own dreamwork.) I really can’t wait to reveal more!

Soon. But first things first:

A few months ago, I shared about the launch of my ground-breaking, 6-month, *private support included* Dream Acceleration Program™ 2.0 — All for a stunningly affordable price. There’s been a great response to the program. With very little marketing, the word spread thanks in large part to word-of-mouth and referrals from clients and colleagues alike.

And as of today, we’ve got 13 open spots available.

Now, while old school marketing would just make up a number, I assure you there’s no “marketing monkeyshine” happening here. (Credit to a sassy, southern friend of mine for introducing me to this phrase.)kid-monkey

Please hear me: I’m not just “opening up 5 slots in my calendar…” [eye roll] My team and I have assessed the legit space we have available in the calendar, and because there’s so much 1-to-1 personalized support sewn into the fabric of this program, the woman-hours available are limited. Real talk.

So, as much as I *KNOW* the good that this program will do for your life, for life – and the sooner you start the sooner you’ll know what I’m talking about – my team and I have identified what we can handle and when the spaces are full they’re full.

Something I’ve consistently heard from folks joining the program is how unique it is to find a comprehensive and affordable coaching program, with elements of self-study but that also has tons of 1-to-1 customized support built in. I designed it this way very intentionally, because it’s the magic mix that keeps people motivated, engaged, on track, and in full implementation of all the juicy content.

So, please do visit www.dreamaccelerationprogram.com to learn The Dream Acceleration Program™ 2.0 details and get ready to create YOUR own I-can’t-wait-to-get-up-and-out-of-bed-in-the-morning life.

You have my personal commitment to providing top-notch life-changing content in this program, and all with the personalized support needed to quickly and powerfully implement the material.

Have a look at this awesomeness and grab your seat today, ok?Tara Sage Steeves

And of course, reach out right away if you have any questions.

May your dreams always inspire more than they intimidate,
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Dream Acceleration Master Coach & Founder of Create Your Life!

S-T-R-E-T-C-H, Celebrate, Repeat!

While taking care of my friend’s baby one afternoon, it was bath-time for little Caleb, who had just recently started crawling.

Sitting at one end of the tub, with several toys within arm’s length, I watched as he eyed the out-of-reach toy at the opposite end of the tub: Ernie in a sailboat. To Caleb, this was clearly enticing. Rather than hand it to him, I decided to wait and see what he’d do on his own.

After some thought, he maneuvered his little body in such as way as to position himself directly in line with the still-out-of-reach object of his desire. He did this while never taking his eyes off of Ernie.

An extended pause followed. He was contemplating and calculating his next move. Then, slowly… and with great focus… he made his way… one small, inching-forward movement at a time … until he reached the other end of the tub where Ernie resided. Caleb then reached for Ernie. Yet, his first several attempts at grabbing hold of Ernie in his little boat were unsuccessful. Ernie was sailing, and remained just out of reach of Caleb. But Caleb did not give up.

There were other easier to reach options he could have played with instead, but clearly those options were not going to satisfy him. He was a boy on a mission. He knew what he wanted and he was determined to get it. Caleb never lost faith, and he didn’t looked up for me to help once.

After several more attempts, he finally took charge of the situation and was able to grab Ernie by the head. Head in hand, he sat up, placed the boat on his lap, looked up at me, and started clapping. He was proud! And rightly so!  Caleb and I celebrated together, each clapping with our ear-to-ear grins.

Questions to consider:

  1. What’s your “Ernie in a sailboat”? What do you want that’s currently out of reach?
  1. Are you willing to s-t-r-e-t-c-h & reach & keep at it until you have a firm grip?
  1. How would it feel to have found a way? As proud as Caleb felt?
  1. Who will you celebrate with?

Go for it, baby!

A Fun Fact About Your Potential

Here’s a fun fact: Humans tend to overestimate what they can accomplish and create in one year, but we tend to UNDERestimate what we can accomplish and create in 3 years…

Let your imagination be your guide – give yourself permission to s-t-r-e-t-c-h beyond what may seem “realistic” to you right now. Envision your dream life 3 years into the future.

What do YOU see?

Then, take it further.  Learn more about The Dream Acceleration™ Program – this renowned program has served 100s of individuals spanning 4 continents – and now it’s even bigger and better!

Watch the video at http://createyourlifeinc.com/the-dream-acceleration-program/

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