As 2017 begins, we are reminded of the many excitements that the new year brings — a fresh start and a renewal of our dedication to our goals.
Many times we may forget to take the time to reflect on the past year and to establish where we want the new year to take us.
Today, I want to give you some strategies that you can use as we close out 2016 to ensure you take full responsibility for the year that’s passed and move forward with renewed energy and commitment to yourself and your goals.
1. Write down your unfinished goals
First, take the time to write down all of the things you planned to accomplish last year that you maybe missed the mark on. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, we all have things that we plan to do — whether it’s losing weight, investing our money, getting a new job, or getting that raise — that we might not have fully accomplished. Be honest with yourself about this.
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Remember, in order to change anything in your life, you must first take 100 percent responsibility for everything in it.
Then, list the reasons why you didn’t fully achieve the results you intended for each of the things on your list. This will help in taking responsibility for the outcome.
2. Reflect on the goals you accomplished
After you have your list and reasons, make another list of all that you did accomplish in the past year in all the different areas of your life. Write down even the smallest wins and the progress you’ve made toward the bigger goals even if they aren’t fully accomplished yet.
Maybe you cleaned out the clutter in your garage, taught your child how to ride their bike, or developed a new skill that is bringing you closer to your bigger goals. Twelve months is a significant amount of time and each day in itself holds a small victory. It’s very likely that this list will be much longer than the one you previously made.