Reflection of 2019
Appreciate the Good and the Bad
We have so much to be thankful for in 2019. If you made a list, it would probably start with your family. It is because we do not struggle to see the good things when we stop to acknowledge them. However, the bad things are not so obvious.
The mistakes and failures, the bad memories and experiences, we tend to force ourselves to forget. Understandably so, but there is always something to learn from the negative experiences. Whether it was self-inflicted or out of your control; ask yourself what can you learn from it? This leads into the next reflection point.
Write out a list in a journal or on your phone of what worked well and what did not. (Apple notes, Evernote works well for me)
What did you learn from your mistakes and failures? If you do not have a single failure in 2019, it is possible you are not trying hard enough. Set a system for yourself promoting better habits that will help avoid making the same mistakes.
“You will always pass failure on the way to success.”Mickey Rooney
What was successful for you in 2019? Not everything was a “FAIL” Continue doing what does work and find ways to improve them. Reward yourself for the small milestones and share your stories with others. Find someone to iNspire through what is proven to work for you.
“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences and failing to achieve anything useful.”Margaret J. Wheatley
Expectations are separate from your goals. An expectation is expecting with assurance, something will or should happen. Set a personal expectation for yourself that will challenge you in 2020. Expect growth in focused areas of your life for example: improved character, better habits, consistent spiritual walk with God; just to name a few.
What do you expect from you leaders? Write it down or communicate it to them in a professional form of communication or formal meeting.
If you are a leader in any type of organization, by now I am sure you have considered what you expect from the group you lead.
“No one rises to low expectations”Les Brown
Goal setting is the area I encourage others to be extremely creative. When setting a goal consider an achievable time frame. Ask yourself, is it short term or long term?
Your creative goals will be naturally driven from your own passion. Ignore the doubters, and forgive the ones who say it is not possible.
Do not just think outside of the box, get rid of the box. Set a goal that will make you want to chase it.
SEE yourself achieving it.
Pursue your goal with passion until you achieve it.
Philippians 4:13Apostle Paul
Set it in Motion. A goal will never become an accomplishment until it is set in motion. Action is required until it begins to gain momentum. Small steps forward will keep you motivated.
Stay accountable. Invite someone on your new journey. Find a mentor who will keep you accountable. Set reminders and calendars on your phone, create sticky notes to see every morning in the mirror.
Stay committed. Never quit, No matter what, until something happens and your goal transforms into an achievement.
“Dream big, start small, but most of all, start.”Simon Sinek
Enjoy your successes! | REPEAT.
Reward yourself for every small and large accomplishment. If you are making progress, take time to reward yourself. Celebrate reasonably, responsibly and invite others to celebrate with you.
Reflection time for 2020 will come around, as well as goal setting for 2021.
How will you reflect in the rear view mirror of your best year yet, 2020?
Happy New Year!