Know Where You Are So You Know Where You Are Going
Congratulations, you’ve made it! 2021 was another crazy year for all of us, but if you are reading this, you deserve a pat on the back.
As we close out for the year, it’s essential to reflect, get aligned, and plan for the next year.
Many of us have a habit of just going into the new year with the same old habits, behaviors, and mindsets. But not you!
Unfortunately, life doesn’t change unless we do first. No matter what area it’s in. Health, money, or relationships – nothing changes unless you do first.
In other words, if you keep doing the same thing you have been doing, you will continue to get the same results you’ve always gotten.
This is why Alvin Toffler said that “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Real and lasting change and progress in life start within first.
I’ve learned this the hard way.
I kept thinking people around me were going to change, a trainer was just going to show up and get me in the best shape of my life, or a mentor would just magically come to me and help me solve all my problems.
To provide myself with a fresh perspective so I can go into the year with the right mindset and get centered, I ask myself three pivotal questions.
Here are three questions you should ask yourself before going into the new year:
1.) Where am I going?
2.) Is it still where I want to go?
3.) What changes do I need to make?
Life can get so busy that it can feel like we are “going through the motions.” If we go through the motions for too long, life can feel like a hamster wheel – directionless and purposeless.
And we all know what this can feel like. Waking up, dreading the day ahead. Constantly hoping for things to get better, but nothing changes. Unnecessary inner conflict about every single decision you're faced with. Or just feeling downright lost.
Setting aside just a few minutes in your day to ask yourself these three questions can provide you with reflection, direction, intention, and motivation to continue to press forward in life.
Here’s an excellent end-of-the-year exercise!
Silently ask yourself the three questions above or write them down on a sheet of paper.
As you think about each question, run through your entire 2021. Think about your overall life satisfaction, relationships, friendships, lifestyle, health, and wealth.
Are your friendships becoming more meaningful and lively?
Are you feeling better mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally?
Is your earning potential rising – through training, a side hustle, certifications?
Are you challenging yourself every day to reach your potential?
Are you feeling more comfortable and at ease in dealing with daily difficulties that arise?
Are you any closer to achieving that big dream you’ve always wanted?
Most importantly, are you liking who you are becoming?
Use these questions to get your thoughts flowing.