In this review, I’ll explain how this planner works, what I liked about it and what I didn’t, and how you can make the most of it in your yearly planning.
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This is an amazing planner. I’ve used a lot of tools for strategic planning, mind mapping, and goal setting. This one provides a really unique, in-depth, down-to-the-core-of-my-beliefs evaluation of my goals, fears, and barriers to achieving goals. It’s amazing how it can help you overcome problems, and also clarify what is motivating you to move forward.
How This Planner Works
First of all, let’s talk about the “Law of Attraction.” If you haven’t heard of this before, it’s basically a philosophy of how the energy in the world can be funneled through our beliefs about something happening. So if you believe something hard enough and if you are bringing energy into flow, then your goals and beliefs can make it happen.
While I don’t agree with everything that this particular author has written on the subject, I do think there’s a lot of validity to thinking in a more positive way and aligning your goals with the way your life is structured. I found this really helpful even though typically I’m more of a logical thinker and plan ahead with graphs, charts, and numbers. It really challenged me to think in a new way.
No matter what your learning style (visual, verbal, logical, or kinesthetic), you can gain a lot from this planner.
The main idea is this: If you are clear on what you want and can articulate it and present it in a specific way, you’re more likely to notice opportunities. You will put yourself in positions where your goals can happen.
It’s a really, really big book, over an inch thick (the dimensions are 8.4” high x 6” wide x 1” deep). It includes an elastic band that goes around the front, two ribbon markers (red and black), and a pocket on the back page to store notes and other items (especially helpful if you’re crafty).
This book provides a lot of suggested tools in what they call the “Law of Attraction Roadmap.” In the back, there’s a section called “How to Use This Planner.” I definitely recommend reading all of this before you start. Because otherwise, you might get stuck while trying to complete one of the sections. The planning sections are located at the beginning of the book. There are SO MANY different steps that build on each other, and it’s best to complete them in a specific order to get the most value out of it.
I thought that the explanation in the back was pretty good, although not super detailed. I had to search online for more instructions on how to complete the sections (like this one on the author’s website).
The author provided a very basic explanation of how to create a Vision Board, which I didn’t find very helpful. Because of that, and the lack of much discussion on Vision Boards for business owners, I have developed my own method (Read more: How to Make a Strategic Vision Board).
In general, I thought this Planner gave pretty good overall instructions on how to complete the sections. I found it helpful to adjust a lot of the sections to meet my own needs.
My main goals were:
- personal development
- professional growth
- mind-map my business goals
You can use this planner if you’re a small business owner, a manager, a professional, in between jobs, or thinking about starting a new business. It will help you consider aspects of achieving goals that you may not have thought of before.
What I Found Helpful
There are 14 different steps the authors recommend to complete all the sections in the book.
If this sounds like a lot, that’s because it IS a lot.
To get the most out of this process, you need to commit a significant amount of time.
For example, the “Questions to Empower Your Day” include 10 questions they recommend asking yourself every morning during meditation. I actually used these questions as a separate exercise and wrote all the questions out in “Jam-Writing” (where you just write without editing for as long as possible). This helps to clear out my intuitive, introverted thinking process so that I can realize what is going on in my head. Once my ideas are on paper, I can makes more sense of those ideas, put them into a framework, and create goals and tasks to get things done.
If I tried to do all these questions every morning as a meditation practice, it would feel really frustrating. So I found it helpful to write them out once, and then review my answers periodically.
That is another great thing about this planner: It provides dozens of variations. You can adjust any of these methods to meet your needs or interests. There is no right or wrong way to do it.
Section 1: Self-Discovery and Mission & Vision
The book starts with Empowerment Questions, followed by Life Questions (find an older version here), which I found really helpful. Each section feeds into the next one.
The answers from your Life Questions (what you want to experience if time and money were not an issue, how you want to grow, what you want to contribute) are used to develop a Vision and Mission Statement (see their example here).
Vision: What you’d like to ideally achieve in the future.
Mission: How you would like to make it happen.
They combine Mission with Core Values & Goals. I actually prefer to separate these as my company’s VMVOM: Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives, and Measures. So again, use whatever method works for you.
These sections will encourage you to examine fears and distractions that can be barriers to achieving your goals. Sometimes our overly positive view of the future can keep us from examining what went wrong. I call this the Lottery Mentality: hoping that all of our problems will disappear if one magical thing happens.
When we focus on the future as an idyllic, perfect world that feels unachievable, we often get stuck and feel like giving up. In many cases, the goals are good, but we don’t expect to encounter problems along the way. This can result in giving up on really good goals, and never achieving an improved situation. By taking the time to really consider how the future looks, we can also identify barriers.
I really like how this planner prepares you for the hiccups, so that when they happen you know exactly how to respond.
Section 2: Goal-Setting
Next is the Goal Setting section (see example here). This allows you to write out 50 Goals in a variety of areas in life. Then, you’ll divide those into one of 8 sections. I color-coordinated mine, even though the instructions didn’t provide much guidance on this. (In fact, there was some inconsistency and a lack of clear instructions on how to match the colors and titles in each section.)
As someone who likes to have a lot of options, I did find it challenging to narrow down my overall yearly goals to just 5. But the step-by-step process forced me to narrow my focus, which was incredibly helpful.
Goal-Setting Using the Magic Square
Here are the 7 Goal Areas in the Law of Attraction Planner:
- Spiritual – the planner uses dark purple
- Personal Growth (elsewhere called “Professional Development”) – the planner uses violet
- Relationships – the planner uses hot pink
- Career & Business (elsewhere called “Work and Business”) – the planner uses blue
- Money (elsewhere called “Financial”) – the planner uses light green
- Health – the planner uses orange
- Fun & Recreation, Family, and Free Time (elsewhere divided in separate categories) – the planner uses brown
Personally, I wasn’t a fan of the colors they picked. So I matched each category with the Magic Square from Feng Shui (also known as the Bagua Map).
The 9 Magic Square areas include:
- Reputation (how your business is perceived) – Red
- Relationships (building strong connections) – Pink
- Center (the Fountainhead or main vision) – Orange
- Creativity (innovation and thinking outside the box) – Light Blue
- Journey (expanding your worldview) – Gray
- Passions (discovering your mission) – Black
- Wisdom (gathering new information and knowledge) – Dark Blue
- Health (balanced growth) – Green
- Abundance (making a profit) –Purple
To connect the Magic Square with the seven Law of Attraction categories, use this framework:
Magic Square Category
Law of Attraction Planner Category
|Family and Free Time||Center||Orange|
|Personal Growth/ Professional Development||Creativity||Light Blue|
|Spiritual||Journey, Passions, Wisdom||Dark Blue (can also use gray and black)|
I personally like multi-colored fine-tipped Sharpie pens, which are smear resistant and come in a variety of colors.
Here are the Sharpie pen colors I use in the Law of Attraction Planner.
- Spiritual: dark blue
- Personal Growth/Professional Development: light blue
- Relationships: hot pink
- Career/Business: red
- Family and Free Time: orange
- Money/Financial: purple
- Health: light green
Other Goal-Setting Questions
After creating the mind map of the fifty goals in these 8 areas, they suggest picking your top 5 goals (see example here). I found this kind of difficult. You’ve got to eliminate a lot of good goals, but selecting just 5 forced me to really think about WHY I wanted to achieve those goals.
Then, you can “Set Rewards if You Achieve Your Goals.” This is the first time I had ever heard the idea of rewarding myself for achieving goals. How do you prefer to “give myself a pat on the back” once you reach one of your goals?
The next question is “What fears and distractions are keeping you from achieving these goals?” This is of the key thought processes in the Law of Attraction: We have mental barriers that keep us from achieving goals — even though the goals itself is really not that hard to do if we align our motivation, tasks, and resources. It’s a seamless effort that allows us to open up to opportunities, and then recognize them when they’re at our doorstep.
I hadn’t even realized all of the things that were blocking my own beliefs about whether I could achieve certain things. So that was a really insightful part of this process.
After that, they recommend going on a journey for each of the sections (which is reduced to 7, since the author randomly combined Free Time and Family):
- Where am I now?
- Where am I going?
- How do I get there?
- What are the major steps to make this happen?
- What I want… specifically… by when
- Why I want it
This goal-setting process took me a few hours, and a lot of soul searching, but it was so worthwhile.
After this, there’s a section called Life Statement (see example here) where you write your gratitude as if you’d already achieved all your goals. Then you can color-code it by underlining phrases with the corresponding 7 categories mentioned above.
The 10th step is to identify the skills and habits you need to learn in order to get to your goals. Here’s an example.
Once all of these steps are done, you end up with a list of SMART and CLEAR goals to achieve: Lifetime Goals, and 1-Year Goals (see example here). The last step is to break the 1-Year Goals into bite-sized strategies that you’ll transfer to each month, and then weekly tasks and daily focus.
The rest of the book includes 12 blank months, with optional sections. You can adjust it to meet your needs; you don’t have to complete all of them. Each month includes a 2-page spread, 5 pages of weekly scheduling, habit-making, and checklists; and a final page called Reflect On Your Month (see example here).
What I Liked About the Law of Attraction Planner
1. Forced me to dig deep.
This guide is incredible at forcing you to confront your fears and barriers to success. I was able to really dive into my expectations of myself, and to “dream big” about the difference I want to make in the world. Since the planner slices through annual planning in different ways, it also allows you to see the whole year at once.
2. Clarified what I want.
Other planning tools haven’t been able to do this for me. I’ve taken dozens of quizzes and questionnaires and have used many planning methods; this one is by far the most in-depth.
It took me a few months to consider exactly how I wanted to answer all the questions. At times, I have felt trapped by fears and doubts. So it took me longer to self-reflect on my goals and establish some healthy habits to evaluate Lessons Learned.
3. Helped me reflect on each month.
Rather than creating a huge list of yearly goals, this guide helps you divide big goals into much smaller bite-sized ones. I was able to plan each month with a look back at the previous one. At the end of each month’s section, the “Reflect On Your Month” page is a really helpful way to evaluate what happened and align yourself for the next month.
Each month includes these sections:
- My Top 10 Achievements for the Month
- What Did I Learn This Month?
- Distractions/Mental Blocks/Fears
- How Did I Make Myself Feel Good?
- What Did Not Happen? Why?
- What Actions Can I Take to Improve?
…and a variety of other great post-mortem questions.
OK, I’ll be honest. I didn’t complete every single month this year; in fact, at around Spring Break in April, I stopped referring to it on a regular basis until September. But after recent reflection, I decided to keep using it for the remainder of this year. And I’ve already ordered next year’s planner.
I think it’s really important to use a planning as a regular discipline throughout the year, rather than saving the process for the first week in January (as I’ve often done in the past). Don’t wait until the end of the year by assuming that your planning “won’t count” unless the year is over. Instead, build a planning process into the end of every quarter. Evaluate your goals to see how you’re doing. This can save a lot of time trying to play “catch-up” in December/January (again — been there, done that!).
4. Created rewards for each small goal
In the past, I always felt guilty if I didn’t reach goals by a certain date, in a certain way. But thanks to this planner, I’ve realized that I can celebrate small wins too. So now I decide ahead of time: Which relaxing or enjoyable things will I enjoy once I achieve the tasks for this week?
- Buy a new book you’ve been wanting to read
- Spend time in a coffeeshop
- Read alone in the library
(Okay, so those are MY top 3 ways to celebrate!)
You could also:
- Schedule a massage
- Attend a fun class or event
- Go to the gym for a workout
- Spend time with friends
- Eat your favorite food
Since each week’s goals feed into your yearly goals, those “small wins” are super motivating.
5. Started good habits
When we set goals, it’s not enough to simply visualize them and remain in our usual comfort zone. We also have to push by creating new habits and learning new skills. This planner walks can you through the process of deciding exactly what you have to do every single week, in order to achieve those long-term goals. It’s absolutely amazing.
What I Didn’t Like About the Law of Attraction Planner
Although I definitely liked this planner, there were a few downsides as well:
1. It’s huge!
This book is really big, it’s heavy, and it is a pain to carry in your purse or briefcase.
2. Time commitment.
If you want to get the most benefit from this resource, be sure to set aside PLENTY of time for reflection. I spent about 20 hours total on the initial planning sections, over the course of a full week. And then it took me a few more weeks before I finally got to the yearly planning section (the more fears and mental blocks you have, the longer this part will take).
You have a few options:
- Use it to develop a yearly plan (as I did),
- Use it to clarify your goals visually
- Use it to write out your goals on paper (which is a super effective way to achieve any goal, by the way)
Even if you don’t want to commit to completing the “homework” every month, you can still refer back to your initial work and self-assess whether you’re on track with reaching your goals.
3. Not everything is relevant.
Each pre-printed page has sections that I didn’t always fill out. There’s nothing wrong with picking and choosing which activities you want to do, and then doing them consistently.
4. Duplicated planner.
I’m business owner, spouse, and mother… and this planner just couldn’t provide an All-In-One resource to fit all of my planning needs. Since I’m still a pen-and-paper type of person, I use a combination of the At-A-Glance Recycled Two-Year Planner (version 70-024G), which I’ve been using since 2004. My ninth one (for 2018-2019) is ready to go!).
Here’s why I like the smaller planner:
- It’s compact (3-5/8” wide x 6-1/16” high)
- The entire month is visible at once
- It contains 2 full years in one place
- I can keep track of every appointment and event using my really, really small handwriting)
I just really like the convenience of this smaller version.
Another great tool is Google Calendar, which can sync to your smartphone and laptop, is a great way to schedule appointments and meetings, and is easy to share with others.
I didn’t want to triplicate my At-A-Glance mini planner and online scheduler by also adding monthly and weekly details in a massive planning book. So I ended up not using the scheduling section of the Law of Attraction Planner. But if you want to use it as an heavy-duty All-In-One planner, this would definitely fit the bill.
5. Not easy to edit.
Every single month, you’re supposed to evaluate how everything went, carry over the previous month’s goals, and then create the next month’s goals. This makes it difficult to change things once they’re written down.
But I guess one benefit is that you’re creating a historic record and reference tool. You can look back and see how you’ve changed, and where you want to adjust your goals.
If you like to hand-write your goals, this is definitely a great tool. If you want an amazing resource with a step-by-step guide on how to achieve goals in a way that is much deeper than anything I have ever seen before, buy it just for that reason. Then, even though you’ll have a lot of empty pages and take up more room on your bookshelf, the guide is still extremely valuable.
I found this resource to be incredibly insightful. To order your Law of Attraction Planner, visit the Law of Attraction Planner website or look for it on Amazon. (and no, I don’t get any perks for anything mentioned in this review; I just wanted to share what works for me.)
For ideas on creating a Strategic Vision Board, check out How to Make a Strategic Vision Board.
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Grace LaConte is a Strategic Risk Expert who helps Complementary and Integrative Health practitioners to find and fix organizational vulnerabilities. Using her experience as a Risk Officer and Director in healthcare and technology companies, Grace shares a refreshingly honest approach to uncovering hidden risks and opportunities. Learn more at http://laconteconsulting.com, or connect with her on Twitter @lacontestrategy.