This is the time of the year to measure, to assess, to reflect, to plan and then. Just shrug your shoulders and move.
Move on or move ahead ? Is there really a difference? Or are they only colloquial terms denoting different acts? Sorting this out is essential, before closing the book, turning a page or reframing your Key Result Areas.
Asking yourself a few questions, and extracting honest answers from the core of your being, might simplify the path that lays ahead :
Values lie at the core of your existence, and all your battles in life. You may not consciously use them as a compass to guide, but yet, they are the propelling force behind your movement.
- What is important for you in life?
- What do you truly value in life?
- Who are the 5 people who you admire and look up to, and why ?
- What keeps you bound to your relationship, house, job, business or profession ?
- What would be the ideal situation for you, if there were no obstacles ?
Goals are dreams with legs. They go somewhere.
List out long-term goals (5 years and beyond) in the following areas :
- Love, Relationships, Family and Friends
- Work and Profession
- Leisure/ Fun
- Spiritual Objectives
Putting The Last Year in Perspective
- Think of an adversity you faced.
- What were you thinking through it? Do not mince words (I am not good enough, Who you know matters more than what you know, Someday I will get back at them ….)
- How much did these beliefs affect your actions after the incident? What did you feel, and what did you do?
- Did the consequences make sense, given the beliefs that you have formed?
- Generate one piece of evidence to point out an inaccuracy in your belief.
- Generate a more accurate/optimistic belief.
Your Personal Balance Sheet
- What does this job or business mean to you?
- What do you gain, and what have you lost?
- Why did you succeed, and why did you fail?
- Which were the external factors, and which were internal?
- What are the strengths and supporting factors, that you may have overlooked ? This need not be the same paragraph that you write in your self-appraisal sheet.
- What were the obstacles? Are they likely to change in the next one year/ few years, or do you have to move ahead despite those?
- Does the balance-sheet make sense, in view of your long-term goals?
- Are you moving in sync, with your long-term goals and mission in life?
- Does this balance sheet define your life, or the one that you just closed ?
- Do you need to revise your long-term goals in view of this realization?
- What needs to happen in order for you to move forward ?
- What is the decision that you have been avoiding ?
- What are you assuming about the situation ?
- What is an impossible option ?
- So, what’s possible here ?
- What are you NOT saying/doing ?
- What is stopping it from changing ?
- What would the wisest person you know do in this situation?
Chunking it Down
- Write the steps needed to achieve each goal, with a time-frame. Use positive terms, like ‘maintaining hygiene in systems’, rather than ‘eliminating the negative factors’. The latter will be taken care of, while executing the former.
- Check again. Are they feasible, or do you need to revise those?
- Is there a monitoring system in place for you?
- What are the three new positive habits that you would like to have, starting from today ?
There are no answers provided at the end of the piece, as only You have the key to your life. The 600+ words written above are only indicators to the future, not questions with pre-defined correct or incorrect answers.
Copy-paste these questions on a Word document, create the space for answers, and you have your workbook. If you spend half a day of your life, in answering these, you have a strategy to execute for the next one year/ five years/ ten years or more ….
Good luck !