2016 has officially begun and many of us are working on our New Year’s resolution with a certain kind of fervour that is associated with the New Year. There are more people going to gyms, shopping at health food stores, and signing up for courses online. Whether the goal is to eat healthier, exercise more, read long form, or start a business, often people make their resolutions and jump straight into it without putting much thought. Apparently of all the people who make goals on New Year’s Eve only 8% of them persist with it. One of the biggest reasons for this is because people don’t review their previous year properly.
When you don’t review your year it is hard to see what worked well for you and what didn’t. When you sit down and rehash your year you end up with real life data of your year where you’ll be able to see what you did right, what you could improve and what you can ditch. By reviewing and analysing your year, you’ll be able to make better goals based on your behaviour and past track record. Here’s how to begin if you feel confused.
How to review your year
Get some pen and paper, then go through your previous year’s calendar, journals, and notes and make a list of the all the things that you loved, made you feel good, and improved your life. On another page make a list of all the stuff that got you nowhere, wasted your time, and made you feel gross. Now figure out what happened to make the good things occur. Jot down the positive habits. Do the same for the list of stuff that made your year crummy. What were/are the obstacles? Ask yourself, why have I followed through with some resolutions but not others? How can I make better choices and take better actions?
For example, last year I really enjoyed meditating and partaking in the ‘no complaints challenge’ (the rules were that I could only complain if I had a solution to the issue and not complain any other time) but somehow I had stopped doing them regularly. When I reviewed my year I found that this was due to not being able to prioritise these activities appropriately as they weren’t SMART (as in Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely). This year I am going to adjust my actions to achieve them because now I know what I do and what gets in my way better.
Once you see certain behaviour patterns or environments that get in your way, you will be able to make clearer goals. Do this review a few times in a year. If you do weekly, monthly, and quarterly reviews throughout the year it will help you stick to your goals better.
A bonus with this exercise is that you’ll be able to see and acknowledge what went well in your year. Often we get stuck on what’s not going well for us and glaze over all the good bits which kind of makes us feel like nothing is going right in our life when that is clearly not true.
With love and simplicity,
P.S . Let me know how you go with this exercise.
GET EVEN BETTER AT HABITS
Do you intend to declutter, get in control of your finances, make time for yourself and your dreams? Make a plan to succeed by getting the support you need. I specialise in helping people make their own positive changes for a more meaningful and fun life. Ready to get started? Schedule a clarity session with me today - or pass this offer on to someone you care about.