Everyone is talking about next year and plans and goals, resolutions and new habits. But… (there is always a but, right)
How can you move forward if you don’t know where you stand?
Before you make any plans, review your past year. Not to judge or feel bad about not reaching your goals, but to set the starting point for your future actions. How will you know where to turn if you don’t know where you are?
- If you are trying to lose weight, you would step on the scale and then determine the number you want to lose.
- If you want to get out of debt, you first need to calculate how much of it you have, so you can create your realistic goals.
- If you want to earn money in your business, you want to know what’s working and what’s not, where you are actually making money and where you are losing it.
And do that for every area of your life. I often recommend the Wheel of Life, where we measure the satisfaction in each of 8 areas.
Although the feelings of satisfaction and happiness are important, they are only estimates of our own perception. Which are absolutely valid, but try to add some real numbers into your review, where possible.
Whatever you numbers are (be it money, weight or any other value), take them as the milestone. Whatever you are feeling about your progress or not enough progress or even setbacks, see them as a guidance.
What I do each year (besides looking at my numbers – income, savings and all the others I’m tracking like Facebook page likes, group members, my list size etc..) is to create a GRATITUDE BOARD. It’s similar to VISION BOARD, but I collect together the best moments of my year. Kinda the same as Facebook is doing, but what does it know?!?! I have other moments that I don’t share publicly, but it’s a great start to go over your photos, be it on your computer or in any social media account 😉
I review my WINS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS and RESULTS. I try to determine what worked for me and why. This is then something I want more of in the future:)
Then I look at the things that didn’t work as planned or wanted. Again, I try to find the lesson in it and see what went wrong. Maybe it was the timing, maybe it was me, maybe it was something beyond my powers… Of course, I ask myself what I could have done differently. Sometimes just a small tweak to my attitude or motivation could have made all the difference.
When I’m done, I’m ready to plan for next week/month/year. My plans and goals are far better when I include insights from previous year.
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I clean my slate and start fresh. I close the chapter of that year and I’m ready to write a new, better one.
Wishing you a happy, much better year!
p.s. I actually do this reviewing and planning process every week and every month. If you want to see my worksheets, I’m giving you FREE templates from 2016 DREAM LIFE MAP to help you reach your dreams. Click below to get them!