Let’s really get a handle on what we made happen in the previous year. Here are some tips on how to easily, quickly and expertly go about getting the most out of any year that has past. Of course, the closer to the year that you do this the better. Successes, achievements and events that you are sure will never slip your mind, somehow do. So grab them and hold on for dear life. The best way to do this is to follow these steps.
Before you launch in:
It’s probably a good idea to gather a few things that you’ll need to make this exercise a breeze. The things that I recommend are:
A pen and notebook
You 2012 agenda, calendar or PDA – whatever you use to set and track appointments
Any learning materials used during the year including course materials, work books, action guides
A list of the books that you read – might want to check your bookshelf to get this list
The list of the goals that you set at the end of 2011 or beginning of 2012 (If you don’t have this don’t sweat it.)
Now for the quiet time that makes this exercise a snap.
Choose a place that you like, enjoy being in and is comforting to you
Is quiet, it’s important to not be disturbed during this time
Has available work space so you can spread out your papers and materials
Now that you have everything you need, Grab a cup of something soothing and get started.
1. List your accomplishments
What did you do this year that you can be proud of? What progress did you make? Get as many of them as you can on the page. Don’t worry, you can come back to list more as you think of them. Don’t worry about what happened when, just write them randomly. The goal is to get as many successes as possible on down.
Own your successes and feel good about them. This is no time to be shy!
2. Identify your new learning
What courses, classes, seminars did you take? How about conferences, retreats, workshops, boot camps, and online learning? What books, magazines or periodicals did you read? What lectures did you attend? If you listened to educational or skill building CDs, Mp3s etc, jot those down. List them ANDnote the learning that you got from them.
3. Pay attention to relationships
Who did you get to know last year? I met and got to know hundreds of people from all over the world, through my work with Jack Canfield. My circle of friends has not only dramatically increased but these new people have brought with them an entirely new set of exciting ideas.
Did you get a mentor in 2012? Did you hire a consultant, coach or strategist? Are you now part of a mastermind group, inner circle or professional or spiritual organization? All of this needs to be included in your accomplishments.
4. Perception is everything
Whether you perceive yourself a success or a failure, either way you are right! No matter how much or how little you get done, the key is to tap into your positive self image and perceive yourself as a success. Remember, the main idea behind goal setting is to give you an opportunity to establish a list of desires that you will work towards, not to conger up negative emotions.
Research shows that approximately 3% of the US population sets goals, while mostly all successful people are goal obsessed. There is a solid relationship between goal setting and success. Simply by setting goals you greatly increases your chances of success.
We all need cheerleaders. Gather your most positive people (generally, these will be those people committed to their goals as well) and share your successes with them. Not is this a fun exercise, it’s always extremely uplifting. Beware, this is not the time for those negative friends, leave them to their half empty ideas and hang with the happy people.
6. Understand positioning
It’s important to understand that you may not have reached all your goals this year. Not a problem at all. Maybe your goals were huge leaps to begin with. Possibly your goals were not right for this year and you backed off. It’s good to know what’s right for you at any given time. Maybe you were just positioning yourself to reach even bigger future goals.
7. Give Yourself A Break
Even if you just did a few things, don’t feel bad about your accomplishments. The best thing about New Years is that you get to start over fresh and have a chance to set more new goals.
Now, you can say good-bye to 2012 and fully ring in 2013.
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