We often overcomplicate things and become disenchanted; and as a result, we neglect setting meaningful goals. A simple process, with which you’re comfortable, may make it easier to reflect on the year and establish meaningful goals for the upcoming year. Shifting our focus slightly from focusing on business or work, which often takes the largest portion of our days and attention, may pay dividends. Planning and goal setting in a holistic way can actually make us better at work. By holistic, I mean also focusing on other important areas of life such as health, family, spiritual, social, cultural and financial.
I was thinking the other day that it feels as if the 2017 holiday season was literally yesterday, and we’re now in the 2018 season. The year appears to have gone by very quickly. Before long, we will begin the process of thinking about what we want to accomplish in 2019 – establishing goals and/or making New Year’s resolutions. As we begin this process, it may be helpful to review what happened during the current year. Taking the time to do this may be beneficial. It can provide perspective, and it could be the catalyst for success in 2019 and beyond.
Thoroughly review all of your life. To help with this, I will suggest a few questions to consider asking yourself. Thinking these through and answering them honestly can serve as a great foundation as you begin to think about the goals you would like to focus on in 2019. Some questions to consider are:
- What were your goals for this current year?
- What did you accomplish?
- What are the best things that happened during the year?
- How can you capitalize even more on these things?
- What were the worst things that happened?
- What did you learn from these things?
These questions can get you started. I encourage you to ask them of yourself and perhaps, share them with others. Consider your responses to these questions as you begin the process of setting goals that will matter most to you for 2019. As you set goals, consider all areas of life. This should provide more meaning and may motivate you to stay focused on your goals.
Hurry, because as I mentioned earlier, time flies. 2019 will be here and gone before we know it. Let’s be prepared and make it a great year.