Another year is almost over. It is so important to review the last 362 days to see how you did. Here are 3 ways to take stock and review your year.
There will be things that went your way, and there will be things that left you feeling disappointed. Remember there is nothing like failure, rather it is an opportunity to try again.
3 ways to take stock and review your year
1. Have an attitude of gratitude
There is always something to be thankful for and to be grateful for. Are you still here? Do you have a roof over your head? food to eat? Ability to walk? Then there are many things to be grateful for. There are people who had plans whom are not here today; so be thankful for life. If you are alive then you still have opportunities to take advantage of.
2. Review your goals
Do you have a journal? If you do great pick it up and review what you wrote down as your goals for the year. I prefer to review goals and not resolutions. What is the difference? Resolutions are just wishes not necessarily backed up with a plan to achieve them. On the other hand, when smart goals are set you will have detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals. As you review your goals you will notice varying levels of success and areas for improvement. [Read: Write Down Your Goals]
Review the things that stopped you or held you back. Perhaps you took on more than you could chew or said too many yes’s which then ate into your time? Perhaps you need a better way to prioritise so you can focus on the right thing at the right time?
Did you invest in yourself? There should always be some level of investment in improving yourself. There are many ways to upgrade your learning and improve yourself. Some of these are more formal such as attending courses or industry seminars. You can also upgrade your skills online by watching youtube videos or online courses in your specific field or area of interest. With the rate at which things change along with the various sources for training – there is no excuse!
3. Plan for the future
Decide which goals you want to set for the future. Some of your goals might be the same as the ones from the past year. Some will be new either because your circumstances have changed of because you have achieved some of the goals you already set out. Your plans for the future will be some short term, medium term and long term goals. Remember that goal setting is not a competition, so it is not about how many, how big or small they are. If you want to achieve something then write it down and commit to it.
Get yourself an accountability partner to help you with your plans for the new year. When you have someone who cares about you and your goals it is easier to achieve; because then you have someone who is checking in.
So how have you done this year? No matter where you are on achieving your goals remember you always have the opportunity to start again, realign or continue.
Wishing you a amazing year ahead!