Happy New Year! The start of the new year is often associated with resolutions that are broken within the first month, if not days. Goals are set, yet quickly tucked away and forgotten. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you haven’t taken time to reflect back on last year and to look forward to this year, spend an hour now (or soon) to do so. It will be good for you! Here are some questions to get you started.
Looking back on 2017
- What was the best part of it personally and/or professionally?
- What were your wins (big and little)?
- For what are you most thankful or grateful?
- What did you learn or how did you grow during the year?
Looking forward in 2018
- At this time next year, what would you like to be different? If those things happened, what would that mean for you?
- What is one thing you would like to change this year personally or at work that would have the most significant impact on your life?
- What key relationships in your life would you like to do to build, restore, or strengthen (with your spouse, children, family, friends, co-workers, etc.)?
- How would you like to express gratitude and generosity?
Once you’ve answered these questions (as well as others you think of) and listed your goals for 2018, pick the three that will mean the most for you. Then, for each of the three, ask yourself what could stop you, slow you down, or stand in the way of you achieving them. Write down what comes to mind. For each item you listed, identify what resources (people, abilities, connections, financial, etc.) that could help you overcome them. Then (and this is key), take one step today that will get you started moving towards one of your goals. Put the list somewhere where you can see it, review it daily or at least weekly, and keep asking yourself what’s one thing today that you can do to move towards the goal.
Goal setting is simple, but follow through isn’t easy. It is where the real work takes place. Stay committed and stick to it, and this time next year you will be able to look back at all that accomplished!