With a new year there are new thoughts, aspirations, and challenges. All are great because there is a distinct feeling that there is a clean slate to do whatever is needed to make progress. This is why the New Year is special. This is an opportunity to revise personal and professional goals.
Many do not believe in New Year's resolutions. Revising your personal and professional goals is not a resolution but a necessary step that should be taken throughout the year. However, there is a difference between other times of the year and the beginning of a new year. At the beginning of the year there is an opportunity to focus on the missteps throughout the previous year and implement changes based on those missteps.
Reflection is one of the most valuable life moments that anyone can have simply because it provides clarity and sometimes direction in what needs to be done to obtain self-fulfillment. Whether your career has been less invigorating than it was when you first started or your goals have become misaligned with where you eventually want to be personally, taking a moment to reflect will undoubtedly give you an opportunity to think through the actions that got you in your current state and where to go from here.
Below are a few steps to take within the first month of 2013 to re-discover your professional and personal direction.
- Take inventory of what you have accomplished and did not accomplish in 2012.
- Reflect on how and why you made those accomplishments or how and why you did not accomplish what you set out for.
- Practice those key traits in 2013 that allowed you to become successful at your 2012 accomplishments but do not focus on living in the past. Focus on enhancing the future.
- Eliminate those traits and distractions that hindered you from accomplishing goals and tasks in 2012.
- Finally, dare to do something that you have never done or uncomfortable doing. Change is good.
Life without progress professionally and personally is not living. Living is growing, which means we must continuously re-invent ourselves. In order to move forward and reach complete self-satisfaction, take a moment to reflect, be inspired, and challenge yourself in 2013.