By Jay Forte, Coach, Author, Educator
The end of another year has arrived. When you take the time to stop and assess 2017, what worked and what didn’t work? What does this tell you about how to proceed in 2018 to have a successful year?
When you take the time to tune in and notice what’s happening in your world, you give yourself information about your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Then, by assessing this information, you are better prepared to do more of what worked and to improve on what didn’t work.
Be aware that it’s habit to label events as good or bad, right or wrong, especially when we assess the past year. This can inhibit our ability to see the real information available to us because we get stuck in the emotions and feelings associated with each event. We lose what the event or moment can teach us.
Learning to focus on what worked and what didn’t work helps to direct your attention to productive information that you can use to better understand your world and make better decisions.
To get started, tune in to the key areas of your life, like work, relationships and finances, and create a sheet to summarize what worked and what didn’t work in each area. Ask yourself questions like:
- In 2017, how well did I manage my money and spending?
- In 2017, how successful were my personal relationships?
- In 2017, how did my career progress?
- In 2017, how well did I take care of myself / my health?
- In 2017, what progress did I make in understanding my unique talents and abilities?
Be honest with yourself as you reflect and record your thoughts. What went according to plan, why and how can you do more of it in 2018? What didn’t go according to plan, why and how can you learn from it and improve in 2018?
Summarize what you notice without a right or wrong, good or bad judgment. Just gather information. Remember to look at life’s events as productive and unproductive. This information is like gold – it guides you in what to consider going forward.
So, as 2017 comes to an end, stop, notice and reflect on what worked and didn’t work. From that information, consider how you can do more of what worked and how you can improve or address what didn’t work. You now have a starting point to make a remarkable 2018.
Wishing you a most successful personal and professional new year.
Important Questions from a Coach
- How will you make time to review 2017 to learn from your successes and challenges?
- How will you stop labeling things as good or bad, and shift to what worked and what didn’t work?
- How will you let the information you learn about 2017 better prepare you to make wise decisions in 2018?