Monday, January 11, 2016

New Year - New What?

Notice this post wasn't made at the first of January? Why? Because it's not about New Year's resolutions. This post is about reflecting on 2015, and being honest with yourself (or myself, as the case may be).

I talk a lot about goals, and post a lot about being positive. Long term, short term, I've never actually written it all down on paper, and followed through. I don't think I can call myself a finisher. I have good intentions, but because I've never mapped out my journey or progress, I've strayed in ways that have cost me years of progress.

I think in order to be a finisher, and to move forward, we need to look back at where we came from, at what held us up in the past. What did we do to keep us from achieving our goals? Did we even set any concrete goals? Write them down, and look at them every day? Did we do everything we could? Did we schedule our time well? Really? Or were we fooling ourselves?

The rest of the week, I'll be blogging about taking inventory of ourselves. Each day, I'll ask a series of questions about 2015, and give you examples of answers. I'd like for you to follow along with me, and be honest in your answers, then see if you can't learn from what you did and didn't do in 2015 to be your best. Was it your best year ever? Could 2016 be that year?

Let's reach our goals together.

You'll need a notebook, or just some blank pages of paper. You can type this on a computer, but I think writing it out will make you really think, and you'll get more out of it. These answers are yours, be honest with yourself, so when we move into the 2016 phase, you'll be able to set realistic goals. We aren't trying to change the world (or maybe you are), just trying to make this a better year than last year.

This applies to everyone, whether your goal is to lose weight, build your business, be a more productive writer, a better knitter, read more books, be happier, get more exercise, whatever. I'm using a roadmap (this isn't my innovative idea), and I'm going to share what I'm learning with you. I'll also share resources.

So, are you with me?

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