Looking back can be an effective catalyst for moving forward. As 2016 comes to a close, many are reflecting on the successes, as well as disappointments, of the past year. Too often we allow the circumstances of life to dictate how our year (month/week/day/hour/minute) will turn out. We live reactive lifestyles, rather than responsive ones. That can change in 2017 if we choose to live intentionally and authentically. To get a jumpstart on making that shift, take some time to honestly and thoughtfully answer these ten questions.
- What do you consider to be your major accomplishments in 2016? (Personal, professional, relational, whatever)
- Why do you consider your answers to #1 to be accomplishments? (What do you value?)
- What was your biggest disappointment of 2016?
- Why do you consider your answer to #3 to be a disappointment?
- Do you need to change the criteria by which you judge accomplishments and disappointments, or are you satisfied with the values by which you currently judge them?
- In what areas do you want to continue working toward further accomplishments?
- In what areas do you want to discontinue working toward further accomplishments?
- If 2017 were coming to a close right now, instead of 2016, what would you like to say was your major accomplishment(s) of the year?
- What steps will you take to see that you attain that accomplishment?
- What one word do you want to define your year in 2017?
So you know what you want 2017 to look like. You know what you want to accomplish. You know what word you want to be the overarching banner word of your year. So what’s stopping you? Go after it with all you have got, not just for a few weeks, but intentionally throughout the year. Make monthly goals and break them down into weekly or daily goals. Choose to live more responsively, intentionally, and authentically than ever before! And enjoy the rewards of your labor!
I look forward to moving forward with you in 2017!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Mindsets!