Today is January 1, 2015. It’s the start of a new year, which means the first order of business is reflecting on 2014. Per usual, I set my sights on some pretty lofty goals, but (again, per usual), I was unable to achieve all of them. Below is an outline of the process I go through each New Year’s Day. I hope it will help you reflect on the past year and help you realign your mind, body and soul so that 2015 can be your most fulfilling and productive year yet.
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Revisit your Personal Mission Statement
Something I do every year is revisit my personal mission statement to see if it still reflects my aims in life. As I travel the world, meet new people and experience new things, I often change my trajectory. Reading it reminds me of what my purpose was for that year and reminds me of why I set each goal.
Evaluate Your Goals
After reading my personal mission statement, I review the goals I set for myself for that particular year. I try to determine whether or not I achieved my goals. If the answer is yes, I pay close attention as to why I did. What habits, tools and resources contributed to my success? At the same time, I also take a close look at the goals I wasn’t able to achieve.
It’s extremely important to be honest with yourself as this exercise is meant to help you understand how you really function and will hopefully help you identify strategies for future success.
Usually, I can see that I didn’t achieve those goals because they weren’t in true alignment with my values, but sometimes, I wasn’t able to achieve my goals due to a lack of focus, time management or just plain laziness.
Make Next Year Truly Count
Making the most of your limited time means answering these two important questions:
- What would I have done differently in 2014 if I could go back in time?
- What should I continue you do in 2015?
If you evaluated your goal achievement (or lack thereof) correctly and thoughtfully, you will be able to easily answer these questions. Then, you will be able to come up with a clear plan for 2015.