With that 2016 is coming to an end. Another year gone by. Which means it’s time to reflect on the year before starting a new one.
I know, it’s so tempting to start charging forward. Especially if you’re not where you planned on being by now. However, we can learn from the past and use it for going forward. We should never live in the past. What’s done is done. No matter how much you try to rewrite or bring back the past it can’t be done. We must let it go. But we can use it to learn about how to better move forward.
It’s Time to Ask Ourselves
- What worked this year?
- Why did it work?
- What didn’t work and why?
- What did you learn?
- What will you do differently this coming year?
We obviously should do more of what works and know why it worked so we can replicate it for other things. However, don’t be afraid to improve things that work. What got you here won’t necessarily get you to the next level. We should always work on improving things. Growth comes by innovating.
This one is often overlooked. We should spend some time and analyze why some things didn’t work. Did we overcommit? Did we learn what was needed or did we give up halfway and if so, why? Did we do our best? Did we seek the support needed? Did we create goals that were ours or that were based on someone else’s opinion of what we should do?
What did you learn about yourself this year? What did you learn in the topic of personal growth? What do you need to learn going forward in order to improve your life? Create a personal growth plan for the coming year.
We tend to keep adding things to life but in order for the cup to not run over things needs to be edited out. We must let go of things, practices, and habits (as well as people) that no longer serve us. What are you going to quit doing this coming year? Make a “stop doing” list. Edit. Delete. Gone. Bye-bye. Decide what to edit out before you start the new year. Be brave!
Plan Your Life Like It’s Vacation
By being more intentional about how you want your year to be you can plan backwards on how to accomplish the things you want to accomplish (see an earlier video on this). However, knowing what worked and what didn’t and then be brave to edit things out, we can look back at a great year having accomplished much or all of what we set out to accomplish when the year started.
Take a moment and reflect back…then make a plan on how to move forward. Have fun doing this! Think of it as planning your vacation. Put the same time and effort into planning your life as you do a vacation. Imagine where you will be a year from now with some intention and planning!
If you felt this post was of value to you please share with others so they too can learn how to stop spinning and start living. I appreciate you! Now go and move your life forward. You can do it!
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