2 Things to Reflect on When Setting Goals
To make the most of the New Year, take some time now to reflect. That’s a common phrase with an uncommon challenge…
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To reflect is to carefully consider. But when setting goals, we often don’t carefully consider the BIGG important things. We focus on the small without relating it to the BIGG.
Let’s go the Professor’s whiteboard…
2 things to reflect on
1) Reflect upon the past year
One definition of reflection is a careful reconsideration of past choices, actions, and events.
Think about the past year. What decisions made the greatest impact on your life, and what lessons can you take away from that?
Think about the people in your life. Your family. Old friends. New friends. Co-workers. What will you do next year to strengthen your relationships? How will you meet new people?
Think about the places in your life. Your work, home and community. What did you do to improve these places this year?
When were you happiest? How can you incorporate more moments like that this year? What made you sad? Was it something you could control? Is there a lesson to bring to the coming year?
Are you proud of what you accomplished this year? As you think about it, what was your greatest triumph? What lessons can you learn from that? What was your biggest disappointment? What did it teach you?
Are you a better person now than you were at the beginning of the year? If so, congratulations! Take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back. If not, why not? What will you do next year to make sure that you grow?
2) Reflect upon the coming year
Another definition of reflection is an idea that results from careful consideration.
What BIGG ideas do you have and what are you doing about them?
What thoughts flow from the lessons you learned last year? What are you doing with your newfound knowledge?
What are your goals for this year? How will you track them to be sure you’re on track? How do these goals fit your long-term vision for yourself?
What will you do to feed your mind and your spirit? Besides checking out BIGG Success regularly, of course!
How do you plan to maintain balance in your life? What will you give to those you care about? How will you advance in your career? What will you do for an escape? When will you do that?
How will you define success on December 31 of next year? What will you do to make that happen?
Answer that question, work your answer, and the New Year will bring you BIGG success!
Out of these 2 things to reflect on, we see a simple 3-step process for setting goals:
1) Begin by extracting all the lessons you can from the past year.
2) Continue by setting expectations for the year ahead.
3) Finally, get going for your goals! They will take you to BIGG success!
George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
Co-Founders, BIGG Success
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