Today I want to share a really useful exercise that will help you get the most out of your New Year’s goals or resolutions. Call it a “performance review”, recap, or annual audit. Grab a pen and paper or open up a word doc and get ready to do some work. I promise this exercise will take no more than 10-15 minutes.
- What were the goals you set for yourself in 2021?
- Did you achieve what you wanted in the timeframe you wanted to achieve them by?
- What habits, processes, plans did you have in place to help achieve them?
- List 3-5 successes.
- List 3-5 challenges.
- If you didn’t reach your goal, what could you have done differently?
- How many times did you start, stop and re-start in the year (approximately).
- Did you give up on one or more of your goals? Why?
- Circle the habits/plans you used to achieve your goals
- Circle your successes.
- Next to the challenges, list 1 or 2 ways you could have overcome them. Be specific.
Ok, so that’s last year. Give yourself props for all of your successes and what worked. Chalk up the stuff that didn’t work or anything that wasn’t successful to trial and error. Brush it off.
Now, let’s get cracking on 2022.
List your goals at the top of a sheet of paper. If you have 3 goals, you will have 3 sheets of paper. Draw a line down the middle of your page. On the left side of the page write the following:
- List the habits/plans you will use to achieve your goals.
- List the successes you think you will have.
- List 3-5 challenges that might come your way and 1 or 2 ways you will overcome them.
Now, on the right side is where you will write what’s actually happening. If you change your plan of attack or develop new habits, Write it down. As you have successes, write them down. If a challenge arises that’s not what you thought would happen, write it down and share how you overcame it.
This is a live, working doc that will only be useful if you work it. Don’t set goals and put them in a drawer. Keep them front and center. Keep working on your goals, review how you are doing. Fine-tune the processes, work out the kinks. Be consistent and you will be successful.
I’ve been preaching consistency a lot lately because it’s the most important thing you can do to reach any goal. It’s like a sculpture. An artist has to keep carving, chipping, and working to reveal the masterpiece.
You are the masterpiece. In case you didn’t get the analogy.
Now go run!