A new year offers a unique time for self-reflection and a literally clean slate. Use this mentality to prepare yourself for success in the coming year by asking yourself these five questions.
What can you let go of
The best way to move forward is to let go of the things that are causing stress or using up your energy. Sometimes these things are small, but sometimes they are quite big, e.g. For example, to end a business relationship or to make the decision to abandon a project on which you have spent a lot of time and energy. Letting go of the things that are ultimately holding you back will give you time to focus on things that will make you successful and keep you and your business moving.
How did you fail this year?
It is important to recognize failure for both the lessons that can be learned and to remember that failure is normal. Failure is simply a stepping stone on the path to success. If you take stock of what didn’t go so well this year, you will be better prepared not to make the same mistakes again next year.
What did you like the most this year?
It’s easy to overlook the positive for the negative, especially in a year like this. Yes, in general, 2020 was a dumpster fire, but it had some good points. Remember the good things that happened this year and celebrate the victories and moments that you enjoyed. Positivity creates positivity. So answering this question can help you create more good moments in the future.
What was the biggest lesson you learned this year?
Take plenty of time to ponder this question because it is a big question. You have learned many things over the year, but there is almost always a lesson that has helped you in various aspects of your business and even your life. Sometimes this lesson is not immediately apparent, so it is important to think about this question a few times to see what stands out the most. This is a lesson to take with you into the New Year and maybe even share with others.
Where do you want to be in exactly one year?
Think about what would make you feel most fulfilled if you revisited these questions later this year. Allow yourself to dream big and dispel self-doubt – this is the time to set your goals for the next 365 days and make them a reality. Once you’ve set your goals, create a plan of action that you can refer to throughout the year. This gives you a chance to measure and track your progress and keep you on the path to success.
Answering these questions will help you close the chapter of the current year and move on to the next with renewed clarity, energy, and determination. Reach out to them as often as needed – they are just as useful to be checked quarterly, every month, or whenever you feel stressed or overwhelmed.