It’s the most beautiful time of the year. It’s also a good time to reflect and evaluate your goals.
Before you start compiling a new set of to-do list for the New Year, it is important to review and evaluate your goals for the current year.
Use the catapult principle to evaluate your goals
This is the first thing you want to do if you want to achieve your goals for the New Year.
Taking time out to evaluate your goals — what worked, what didn’t, and how to do better is never a time wasted, it’s a time invested. I call it the Catapult Principle, going back so that you can go forward.
I’ve been practicing something I learned from one of my mentors, John C. Maxwell. In his book, “The 15 Laws of Invaluable Growth,” John explained how he reviews and evaluates his goal for the current year so he could plan better for the coming year.
I loved the concept and have adopted it ever since. So, a few days before the year ends, I too find a quiet time and a quiet place where I could reflect, review, and evaluate the year that is ending by asking the following questions:
Questions to help evaluate your goals
- Who did I spend my time with?
- Did I spend enough time with my family?
- What did I spend my time doing?
- What did I spend my money on?
- Which growth opportunities did I pursue?
- Which opportunities yielded the desired results and which did not?
- Which of my goals succeeded?
- What should I do more of?
- What should I do less of?
- What should I continue doing?
- What should I eliminate altogether?
- How much time did I spend doing what I should have delegated to someone else?
You can add or remove from the questions as you see fit.
You learn when you evaluate your goals
An honest answer to these questions will help you to be more strategic in setting your goals for the New Year, more focused on what really works, and more effective in achieving the goals you will set for the New Year.
If you review your response to these questions and you feel disappointed about your results for the year, don’t take it as a loss, take it as a lesson to help you plan better for the New Year.
So if you want to achieve your goals for the New Year, take time to do a reality check and evaluate your goals for the current year, and take take the lesson learn to set your goals for the New Year.
Next, I will discuss Step 2 to Achieving Your Goals for the New Year.