This time last year (2016), I posted Be a better You & it was purely about striving to be & do better than the previous year. After some time of reflection & review of the year 2016, I can say in some areas I have improved & became better, but in other areas I really didn’t move forward, I fell off the wagon & went backwards.
The question that comes to mind for me is this, How do I take on a new year? Typically people tend to use this period to make new resolutions & set goals for the year, churches release their theme(s) for the year as an indication of how the year will be & organisations take stock & refresh.
All of this is fantastic & great, but as an individual how do you make the best of the new year?
Reviews & Appraisals
The first thing to do in facing a new year is to conduct a quick review of the previous year in all areas of life. Review the goals you set for yourself in 2016 & check how many of them you achieved. On a personal level, overall I achieved 42% of my goals for 2016 ( which is an improvement considering that I only got 30% achieved in 2015).
Taking a deeper look at specific areas like my blogging for example, productivity dropped by 25% ( which is really bad). Part of appraisal is also the need to identify the reason(s) behind the increase or drop as the case may be. Try to re-enforce the good ones & seek to turn around the bad ones.
I still felt bad about my 2016 results in general considering that I could have achieved much more, but the good news is that I can do something about it.
Set SMART Goals
The next thing to do after completing appraisals & reviews is to set goals. I have discussed previously about the art of setting goals & not just any goal, but SMART goals.
SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant & Time-bound. A simple Google search gives more insight into this & I am also available to provide required assistance as the case may be.
For me, I am rolling over the goals I didn’t achieve in 2016 & that will be my focus areas this year.
Take Action!! Be intentional
To take on a new year, you must take action!! There is no sense in doing appraisals & setting goals if you wont actually take action. One thing I noticed in my 2016 review was the fact that I didn’t take enough actions about my goals. I know it’s easier said than done, but this year I actually want to be more deliberate & intentional about my journey through each day, week & month.
You also must be intentional about your life in 2017, get a support system to help you take action. Is it a commitment to know God more, more exercise, to reading more or financial discipline? Be bold to take steps in that direction, a journey of a thousand miles starts with just one step.
Track Your Progress
The last part will be to track your progress. I realised that in 2016 I didn’t make the best use of technology around me to track my goals. With a lot of apps available on the web & in app stores, I will be using a lot more this year to ensure that I make progress & also track them within the set timelines.
One of the best way to track your progress is to share your SMART goals with someone. Explain to the person WHAT the goals are & WHY you want to achieve them,you can also indicate HOW you want to achieve them. A couple of my friends shared their goals on social media & then updated their group as they made progress. This is also a good way to ensure that you are motivated to do something as you know someone online will ask about your progress down the line.
I believe that 2017 will be a better year in which great things will be done & undeniable exploits will be achieved. I have set my face like a flint to take on this year & to get the very best out of it.(Is.50:7)
God Bless & Welcome to 2017!!!
This is my snippet, I AM SHALOMESQ!!!