Would you like to know how I’ve set the direction for my personal development in the new year?
I. Get clear on what really happened.
1. Did you have any goals?
2. What have you accomplished?
3. How much of what you accomplished was planned? How much of what you planned got accomplished? Perceptually.
4. What have you built on that success? Get clear about what was great. Can you replicate it?
5. Measure how much you invested this year in this year’s successes. How much did you invest in the last years for this year’s successes? You will realize what matters the most doesn’t need as much effort as you might think. It doesn’t take much energy to be happy with your accomplishments.
II. Get clear with what’s about to happen
1. Did you set any goals for the new year? Which are those?
2. Do you have older goals that you want to reach? What else do you need to accomplish that you didn’t have before? What do you want to replicate from the previous year?
3. How much do you consider reachable from what you state?
4. Which would be the top 5 critical personal things you want for the new year?
5. What have you planned to achieve in 10 years, professionally, personally, financially,, and spiritually? What will be your significant accomplishments in 10 years? Write down a list of goals for your life and keep it. You will be surprised at what you find by looking at it years later. I did this for the first time in June 2004. By January 2010, I had accomplished or respected (at least partially) 17 out of 86 goals. Some of them without even noticing. They just seemed so natural; I didn’t realize that was a life goal. This is the sensation you might have when planning your goals.
III. Get clear with your limits.
1. What are the values that matter to you?
2. What will you never do?
3. Which moral principles will you never break?
4. Which professional principles will you respect?
5. What message would you like to send to others and yourself in this period?
IV. Get focused.
1. What will be the main advantages you will have by reaching your goals by December 31st? The main 4 things. Write down what you will get for each of them. Commit to them.
2. What’s the first step you’d like to take? How can you measure it?
3. How can you improve your evaluation and planning by becoming aware of this?
V. Get monitoring
Make monitoring for each month of your year in the end:
1. What were the main 3 positive aspects, and what were the primary negative aspects.?
2. What was their field and level of implication?
3. What motivated you to act that way?
4. What have you got to learn from that experience? In time, you will notice that yesterday’s failures are today’s learnings for tomorrow’s successes.
Keep these in mind while answering these questions:
1. Be sure you believe that you are convinced to deserve it, that you are capable of it, that it’s clear what your plans must be to achieve it and that it’s worthwhile to achieve it.
2. Did you ever accomplish something you initially considered impossible? Ideas that were once only dreams are now a reality. Get enthusiastic about your ability to reach such goals.
3. Consider what you “failed” as a learning experience and reevaluate to plan your time to learn. Allow yourself to acknowledge the mistakes you make. Nobody’s perfect. Not even the leaders of the business schools [en, blog]. Also, this way, you will remember the successes more than… the learnings. And they will take less time.
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