2017 is winding down as we hit the December mid-way point. Most of us are experiencing either a sense of pride at the progress and success achieved or pangs of remorse for falling short from our set goals. At this point you can decide to write off the year or choose to use it more productively. I plan on pushing a bit harder each day for a stronger close by making the most of every remain moment, as well as laying the groundwork for 2018.
I like to approach year’s end by taking time to solidifying a better foundation for next year, looking back to review and assess, all the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly. Next, focusing on the positives I want to replicate and do more of in specific personal, professional & community contribution areas. This is followed by looking at the ‘bad’ and the ‘ugly’, for the particulars that set Murphy’s Law into motion. Be putting the spotlight on where certain components, projects or goals got derailed, to plan future improvements by anticipating ways to better negotiate and avoid repeating those scenarios. Determining cause that sabotages success, typically tend to point to lack of planning, preparation or follow through – or combination factors. December is a perfect time to reflect on what worked well and what proved to be less than stellar, and to create more suitable strategies for implementing each future success goal.
How about you? I hope you feel inspired to wisely invest time to evaluate and extract beneficial insights from this year’s achievements as well as missed benchmarks. Here are some questions and highlights to help identify a few key steps for improving your success this upcoming year.
How can you leverage end of year time to set yourself up for a stronger finish this year?
What is your vision for next year? Get as specific as possible.
How does that support your longer term vision?
What lessons do you need to apply going forward?
What are the consequences if you don’t?
How would using a priority based framework create improvements in the year ahead? What would that look like? Get as specific as possible – again.
It all comes down to being willing to do what is within your control today to launch better tomorrows. Dedicating focus and time for thinking about and honestly answering these questions will help pave the path to achieving your desired success goals.
How about taking the time now for making the end of year a perfect time to plan, prepare and strategize for the launch of 2018 as the best year yet!
“You can mark time or invest time to make it count.” Didi Barbour