As the year comes to a close, it’s important to reflect on the past 365 days and use this newfound experience and knowledge to push forward in the new year. However, we don’t want to just reflect, we want to also reform. Reflecting is merely half of the self-improvement process - the second half involves action. As you reflect on the past year, ask yourself the hard questions, and then, ask yourself what changes you need to make moving forward.
In which areas did I succeed this year?
It can be easy to overlook our successes, so take some time to reflect on and appreciate the areas in which you thrived this year. Whether it was a small baby step in the right direction, or a massive goal accomplished, appreciate all your victories.
In which areas did I fall short this year?
Alternatively, take a moment to reflect on the areas you did not thrive this year. While many times we see these as “failures” or “shortcomings,” we should instead view it as an unfinished goal to continue striving for. Reform your game plan for accomplishing these unfinished goals and move forward with purpose and positivity.
What are my goals for the year?
These could be new goals, unfinished goals, baby goals, giant goals, multi-step goals, singular goals. We recommend creating both short-term and long-term goals, as these can help you stay focused on the day-to-day but also the bigger picture.
More importantly, how am I going to reach them?
It’s great to know what you want, but it’s even more vital to know how you’re going to get it. What are the steps necessary to succeed? Map out a game plan for how you will achieve these goals. What good is a goal without a plan?
Are there any old goals I want to carry over into the new year?
As the year progresses, goals can change overtime. What was once a goal might not be an area of focus anymore. Review your unfinished goals from the years prior and ask yourself if it’s something you should continue to pursue. It’s okay to get rid of goals that may not apply anymore.
Whatever the new year may bring, we hope you tackle each opportunity with positivity and drive! Keep in mind that as our business and lives change, our goals must be adapted, as well. Happy New Year!