Each year, I take stock of where I was one year ago and what I accomplished in that time.
This servers to answer a number of questions;
- Have I grown as person?
- Have I challenged myself?
- Am I proud with how I have conducted myself with others?
- Was everything I accomplished worth the sacrifice to other areas? Did I choose wisely?
- Am I on the right path to what I want to accomplish?
For everyone one of these questions, the follow-up is the always the same – “If not, why not?” – why am I not being challenged, why did I not grow, where did I go wrong?
But it doesn’t end there, then the planning starts, the planning for next year, what do I need to do to get to where I want, to answer YES to all those questions with zero hesitation. And if I answered YES to all those questions this year, what do I need to do to ensure that I can answer YES to them next year.
It’s a look in the mirror and a point where I’m able to set the proverbial watermark for next year – this is where you are starting, this is where you are going to get to, now go to it.
Set your Mark and Measure yourself against it.