When I was young, my grandfather taught me the importance of setting goals. Throughout my life I have taken this advice and set both personal and professional goals. Some I have been able to accomplish and others I have failed to achieve.
At the start of each new year, many people set “New Years Resolutions”. While this is great, it is simply not enough to just set goals. Equally important as setting goals is taking time to evaluate the course we are on towards our goals. Constant self evaluation of our course towards accomplishing these goals will ensure that we accomplish those same goals.
Some things that I feel I must ask myself are:
- What did I accomplish?
- What did I learn this past year?
- What were my failures this past year?
- What do I need to improve this next year?
For one, the things that I’ve mentioned above need to be a constant. Daily, weekly and monthly self evaluations with asking the questions listed above will lead to better productivity and likely hood of accomplishing goals.
The year 2016 is one I will always remember. After spending the last eleven years as a divorced, single guy, I got remarried this last April. For me, that accomplishment triumphs all others. I’ve had my failures and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Unfortunately, I’ve had some dear friends pass away as well. They will never be forgotten. To all, I wish you a very Happy and safe New Year. May 2017 bring you all that you hope and work for!