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In the spirit of being creative, I came up with an acronym around the word REFLECT that might or might not be useful. This could help if you’d like to dive deeper into a 2021 reflection exercise:
What goals did you resist doing? This is important information to uncover because either they weren’t really things that resonated with you, or they were so important that you got scared of them.
For example: If you wanted to find a new job that gave you more satisfaction, and you didn’t do this – why do you think this happened?
Perhaps do some thinking about this and work out if it’s something you feel you should do or, take it off the list. If it’s really important, take a step towards it right at the start of 2022! Do something about it right away.
What did you embrace doing wholeheartedly? If there was something that was easy to do, that flowed without too much effort, then it probably aligned very closely with your values. Try and do more of these types of things, as they are what makes your heart sing!
For example: Perhaps you were keen to do more volunteer work as a goal and this happened quite easily. You found yourself making time for it and enjoyed the whole concept from start to finish.
Create more goals like this that match your core values and make them the theme of your 2022 vision.
What did you fear doing? Was there something that scared you? We all fear change to varying degrees because there’s the potential to fail. If you stepped back from the edge of doing something hard or scary, it’s important to understand why.
For example: A 2022 goal was to apply for a promotion within your current organisation. Every month you promised yourself you would do it but it never happened. What’s going on here?
If this goal is very important to you, why do you think it didn’t come to fruition? Maybe you didn’t have the confidence to go for it, or on some level you felt that you didn’t deserve it. Work with a coach or find a course online that can help with your confidence levels or address self-esteem issues. Do something about this in January 2022.
Who did you love spending time with – friends, colleagues, and family? Think about the people who enhanced your life and made you feel good about yourself.
For example: Did you have regular catch-ups with a network of friends who supported and validated you without judgement?
Try and ensure you create more of these types of connections and less of the draining, negative ones. Fill your social and personal life with people who have your best interests at heart.
What did you learn this year? Were there any light bulb moments? Personal growth is fun and the more you can practice it the better. Plus, it gives you something to work towards while understanding that you’re ok as you are right at this moment.
For example: Did you follow a new blogger who was very interesting or attend courses or conferences that gave you a buzz?
Dr Stephen Covey talked about ‘sharpening the saw’ in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Small continuous improvements create a rewarding life. Set goals in 2022 that will guide you along this path.
What obstacles did you conquer this year? Were there things that have been impeding your path to success that you moved aside and if so……. how did you do this?
For example: Maybe your goal was to kick the smoking habit or eat healthier. This year you got it right! Yay, well done you. Can you think what you did mentally to achieve this after perhaps years of trying?
When a particular mindset has led to success, it’s important to replicate the ways of thinking that helped you achieve your goals. Understanding what worked this time is crucial for achieving your 2022 goals. Take what you did and practice it over and over again until it’s a habit.
What did you try even though it was hard? Where were you brave and undaunted? Even though, you might not have been successful, taking that step forward must be acknowledged and rewarded.
For example: A goal was to enter into a relationship with a new partner. After dating a lot and being open and vulnerable, nothing developed into something wonderful and meaningful. This is disappointing but ok.
Try and take what you learnt from these dates and get back out there, having more fun and less stress! Yes, you might not have a new relationship, but you tried and that’s worthy of patting yourself on the back. Create a magic life for yourself on your own and then someone will want to be a part of it!
Hope this exercise helps with working out where you are coming from and where you want to go.
I wish you good thinking