I would like to share with you the following “guide” which is designed to help you reflect on 2012 and plan for 2013. Take time to pause and think about the questions below. Revisit your reflections/plan, monthly or quarterly. It is a great way to move out the old and bring in the new. Paper and pen required.
Below are 12 questions to help you reflect and plan. Remember: Don’t limit yourself and K.I.S.S. – “Keep it Super Simple”
- Upon reflection, what were your achievements, and/or breakthroughs? It’s important to acknowledge and validate ALL your achievements, big or small.
- What were the things you had hoped to accomplish but didn’t get to? Acknowledge the issues as this is an ideal time to either let them go, carry them forward to continue addressing them (in new ways or with renewed vigour. Note what (if anything) blocked or held you back from your goals/objectives, or contributed to your disappointments.
- What have you learned about yourself and life? What insights have you gained? Insights can shift us to a new, more alive place, helping us be more intentional and authentic in living our lives.
- What are you grateful for? This list might include some of the above and anything else you truly appreciate about yourself and your life.
- How about a celebration in honour of your accomplishments? What would be a fun, special thing to do?
- What is your theme/vision? What do you feel energy and excitement for? What engages your imagination and feels compelling? What do you really want out of life?
- What are your most significant goals in the seven major areas listed below?
Career and professional development (workshops, classes, books to read and expand your thinking? Are you thinking of a promotion/position; a new career; starting your own business; retirement? What legacy do you want to leave?)
Finances (what additional savings do you want by the end of 2013? Learning new ways of investing; short and long-term financial goals?)
Relationships (How can you keep the love and romance alive in your life?)
Personal & spiritual development (What are your hobbies beyond work that keep you alive, interesting and engaging?)
Health & wellness (what are your plans for – fitness; vitamins and other healthful supplements; the right eating plan; your “Ten Daily Habits” – for feeling strong, healthy, and “good in your skin”?)
Fun & recreation (what fabulous adventures – fun, memorable and mind-expanding trips – would you like to go on? What else can you do to enjoy life, re-new and “re-create”?)
Family & friends (“life is a journey” – who do you want along for the ride? How can you nurture the most important relationships? Identify them, and make a plan)
- What are the top 2 or 3 things about your job/career that you most want to be different? What, specifically, will you do to make the change? What resources do you need? Who can help you get there?
- What 2 or 3 changes do you most want to see in your personal life? What will you do first to bring about these changes? How will you know when you’ve achieved it? How will your life be better or more fulfilled? Envision it.
- What are you tolerating? little things like a disorganized closet or a cluttered office or desk sap a little energy each time you notice them, and cumulatively, they add up to feelings of frustration, diminishing (to some extent) our enjoyment of life. Systematically, start whittling your list. You’ll be amazed how good you feel, and how much more energy you’ll have, when your tolerations list is whittled down to zero.
- What do you need to tell yourself every day? What mantra or self-affirming statements can you instill in your daily internal dialogue to replace the negative?
- What actions will you take to reach your goals & objectives in 2013? What problems do you need to resolve? What do you need to let go of? And what actions will you take? Test your plans by running them through the DREAM cycle:
- D – Discipline! Do you have it? To sustain and live the life you want, you need it.
- R – Realism! It is essential for success. Are your goals realistic?
- E – Essence! Are your goals about what you really want? Or are they what you think you should want (or what someone else wants)?
- A – Action! Will you commit to taking action every day?
- M – Motivation! Is what you want aligned with what you value?
After careful reflection and planning, you will be able to create your own life experience, take charge, gain clarity about what’s important, make sound decisions and get into action.
Published on Sunday 30th December 2012 in Trinidad Guardian