Today is the last day of 2017 – another year is drawing to a close.
While you will have no time to think today, I’m going to suggest that you find some time to reflect on these questions before you go back to work and launch into the new year. What change have you made in your life this year?
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? Or did you end up with nothing changed, just a photocopy of your 2016 self?
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.
You stepped out of your comfort zone, took some risks, and they paid off.
You surrounded yourself with empowered and empowering people who inspired and motivated your action.
You set realistic goals, wrote them down and reviewed and revised them weekly so they focused your days, weeks and months.
You set priorities on a daily basis and took charge of your time, always committed to what was important to you, not just what was urgent.
You managed your energy well by attending to your sleep, diet, exercise and time out for sharpening the saw, so your body remained the energised vehicle that enabled you to achieve your success.
You worked with your mentor to grow and develop your personal and professional self. Your shared reflection allowed you to clarify your professional development needs and discover how you could address them and you followed through to do that.
You committed to being positive, pro-active, solution-focused, a glass half full person and when things went wrong you looked forwards, not backwards.
If your year was disappointing, it may be because you didn’t do any of those things.
You let fear and your limiting beliefs about yourself stop you from taking the action that deep down you really wanted to take that would have changed your life.
You did not grow and expand your professional network. When you went to networking events, you stayed with, sat with, the person with whom you came and with whom you work every day. If, by chance you did meet someone new, you didn’t follow up with them afterwards.
Life took over two weeks into the new year and you abandoned your goals, “blaming” everyone and everything. Not having written them down, or having an action plan with deadlines for how and when you would achieve them, you quickly forgot what they were.
You struggled with setting priorities and committing to them.
Because you were not doing with your life what would really fulfil you, you compensated by “vegeing” out in front of the TV at night, staying up too late, getting up too late, rushing to work, not having breakfast, doing no exercise, energising yourself with coffee instead of good food and having no energy to create the life you really wanted.
You knew you found it difficult to motivate yourself. You knew you were in a negative, can’t-do space. You knew you felt that life was passing you by. You knew you couldn’t do what you wanted to do by yourself. After all, no one who achieves great success achieves it on their own. But, you wouldn’t take the risk to ask for the support that would enable you to have the professional and personal life you desire. You didn’t invest in yourself.
Inspirations For Change in the New Year.
I want to leave you all with some words of wisdom from some people who have motivated me throughout the past year.
From the late Jim Rohn:
If you will change, everything will change for you.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have in store for you? Not much.
Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and demands to perform are high.
From Mary Engelbreit:
If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
From Henry Ford:
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
From Winston Churchill:
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
From Oscar Wilde:
Be yourself; everyone else is taken.
From Mark Twain:
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born…and the day you find out why.
My message to you is: Take care in 2018. Look after yourself. Be the best version of yourself and if you do nothing else, find out your WHY.