Is it just me or did 2014 go unusually fast? It just flew by and I can’t believe 2015 is just around the corner. Remember when we rung in the year 2000? Hard to grasp that was fourteen years ago!
I normally start my goal setting during October but, like I said, this year flew by. I had my main goals down but this weekend I spent time time reviewing 2014 so that I could start planning for 2015 in more detail. It requires some time and thinking.
I start with reviewing the current year by asking myself the following questions:
- What worked for me?
- What didn’t work for me that I want to change?
- What did I accomplish?
- Anything I didn’t accomplish but had set out to?
Then I take a look at:
- My goals for 2015
- How my ideal life looks like (we should always strive towards that)
- What do I need to do to accomplish that?
- What do I need to cut?
Then I take a look at the Wheel of Life to make sure I strive for somewhat of a balance and put emphasis on the ones that I need to improve on both short-term and long-term.
After all that is done I write a letter as if 2015 had already happened. Instead of waiting until Dec of 2015 to write about what happened I’m writing it as if it happened. A friend taught me that trick and last year was the first time I did it. Looking at what has happened in 2014 I’m quite pleased with how much on that letter happened. I haven’t gotten to that part yet for 2015 but it’s a fun exercise I’m looking forward to doing.
Writing down your goals and aspirations has shown to be powerful. There are stories about people writing down their goals on a sheet of paper or on a vision board, put it away, forget about it and a year or even years later they find it and realize most of what they wrote happened.
Everyone has a different process and I’m sharing mine to give you a few ideas. If you have never made goals for the year or reviewed the current year start small. Pick even just one goal for the next year that you want to accomplish and then create a plan on how to achieve that.
What is one thing you would want to accomplish in 2015? Share in the comments below.