The Holiday Season is upon us again, and so I invite you to reflect upon the concept of Christmas and New Year.
Christmas is not only a place of celebration and joy; it’s a time to consider the less fortunate, a time to think of how others struggle in life, and also to recognize where we have also struggled before, and feel grateful for our current position.
That sense of growth that comes from reviewing our own progress is crucial for developing the kind of habits that will allow us to move forward and strive.
Take a look at this year coming to an end, and ask yourself the following questions (you can actually use them as guidance in a text file and write actual answers in it, not just think them in your mind):
What goals did you set at the beginning of the year and actually accomplished?
Where did you fall short?
Was it something you gave up right after your first failure?
Was there any other way you could have approached your goal in order to succeed?
Was there anyone who could have helped reach that goal?
Did you take constant action on that goal?
If not, why?
We all have goals, but most of us chase after them with our big-talk ego, and little or no action and progress.
We like to be recognized for the plan we layout to chase after them, but usually fell short on tangible results because we don’t put actions where our mouths were… or using the words of Top Gun movie Commander: “our ego is writing checks our body can’t cash”; we don’t put the work in and stay determined. We tend to stop altogether at the first sign of failure and throw our dream aside because of that obstacle.
We need to remember that those “obstacles” are there to strengthen us, to forge us in the kind of people we need to become in order to achieve that goal.
It is essential to frequently assess where we are and take responsibility for the options we have in order to adjust our course and build momentum to get where we want to be.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.