Today is the last day of 2016 – another year is drawing to a close. Today you will have no time to think but I’m going to pose some questions for you to think about before you go back to work and launch into the new year. They are about your unfinished business in 2015.
I’d like to suggest that you take a pen and paper and sit quietly somewhere and write down your thoughts. Or if you are the creative type, draw it out on your sketch pad. Reflection while tapping on a computer keyboard does not open you up to your deepest creative and reflective self!
What have you achieved this last year?
What has changed in your life and your work from this time last year?
How have YOU changed?
What have you learnt about yourself over this past year?
What have been the highlights of your last year?
What have been the disappointments?
Did you set goals at the beginning of 2015? What happened to them?
If you have had a great year, there are probably many reasons why that might have happened. If you’ve had a disappointing year, then it’s time to reflect on what you need to do to make 2016 your best year yet.
My daughter had discovered that the only way to get some exercise with 2 young children was to put an exercise video on the TV and get her 4 year old to exercise with her while the younger child slept. While only 4 years old, she stayed with the program for a whole half hour until she heard Michelle Bridges say she wanted her participants to “dig deep for this last 10 minutes”. At this she grabbed her mother’s hand and pulled her to the door: “Mum,” she said, “we have to go and dig.”
She’s was only 4 years old and didn’t understand what Michelle Bridges meant when she asked them to “dig deep”, that she wanted the participants in her program to “dig” right down into the bottom of themselves and draw on every resource within themselves. She wanted them to push past their pain and tiredness to discover an energy and resilience they never knew they had to do this last exercise – even though she had worked them very hard already and they were very tired. It’s the people who can do that when they exercise that achieve the best results.
Thinking about this I wondered how many of you reading this would know what I mean when I tell you that if you want to achieve success in what you do, you have to learn how to ”dig deep”.Read More