“If you want different results… start doing things differently.”
– Robert L. Cox, Success Mentor of 2007 ETR’s Total Success Achievement Program
Happy New Year everyone! After a long hiatus from writing, I am back with a vengeance. I promise weekly posting of articles in 2017 starting today. That is a minimum of 51 articles which I hope you will find filled with easy-to-understand and practical information as well as enlightening advice.
The New Year always ushers in new hope and aspirations where everyone desires to do better and improve on what they have done in the last year. On the flip side, as we look back and reminisce what we had done in 2016, the New Year also encourage us to give thanks to all the blessing that we have received and experienced.
We should be grateful for all that we have received and experienced – the good and bad all rolled together – to determine what has been done correctly and improve on what went wrong. On our end, we give thanks for the gift of friends and family. We give thanks for the gift of good health.
We are grateful for our careers and various opportunities to earn. Finally, we are grateful to God (or any higher being you believe in) for the opportunity to face 2017 full of hope and aspirations and that it will be a better year than 2016.
Typically, most business entities have completed their Yearend Review and Planning Activities during the last quarter of 2016. This is a crucial activity for businesses so that they know what to focus on so it can grow and improve the profitability of their bottom line.
If you have not done your Yearend Review and Planning at this point, take time and join me as we journey to make 2017 the best year of our lives. This is the most important activity to do in order to give direction and substance in making our goals and dreams a reality by the end of 2017.
Here are the 2 key questions to ask to assist us in our review of 2016:
1. What are my hopes and aspirations for this New Year? Reflect on the year that just ended as well as other years that have passed.
Take note of the goals, projects and tasks that were not started, started but not concluded. What could have been the reasons for such failures or missteps? Reflect on your answers.
POINTER #1: Go over your daily planner (be it the traditional pen-and-paper planner or the modern digital planner in the device of your choice) to see the various activities and projects that have stalled or remain in the drawing board.
POINTER #2: If you have a journal – a gratitude journal or a simple daily journal of activities – where you list all your goals then read them and take note of all your successes and failures, as well.
2. After noting all these, ask why did I achieve some goals while others were left out? Determine why you succeeded in a particular goal or project and why you failed on another.
It’s often puzzling how some of our goals never made it pass the planning stage. Your goals were important to you in January 2016. You write them down. You desired positive results. However, these listed goals were simply never accomplished.
Some of the answers that may surface why you could not accomplish the goals are the following: (a) there were too many goals that you wanted to achieve in 2016; (b) the goal was too ambitious; (c) the goal had to be completed in too short a time frame; (d) you did not thoroughly define the value of each goal; (e) you did not work every day to reach your goals; (f) you did not monitor your progress; and finally (g) you did not allocate enough time in your daily schedule to incorporate the process of change.
We all want to be successful in our lives. We seek to better ourselves every year, month, week and day that passes. This eagerness to improve and be a success leads us to want to accomplish all things at the minimum amount of time.
But when we experience major hiccups, where it flusters and overwhelms us the pursuit of our goals is often sacrificed. The demands of daily living must be met – children get sick, house help suddenly leaves, cooking for the family and other basic things that challenges us.
We survive and move past those difficulties in life and start again where we left off. Once get our bearings back, we should re-focus and start dreaming again. Whether it is the start of the New Year or in the middle of the current one, asking the two questions above and reflecting on the answers will greatly aid you in planning for achieving your goals.