2. Reflect on 2019
“It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have any regrets.” – William Thomas
Recall everything and anything you can about how 2019 was for you. A great way to do this is to keep a journal. Note down all that you can remember, all the opportunities and challenges, achievements and setbacks…anything you can remember. Focus on the minute details and write down everything without getting too involved about the date or time. Visualizing can also help you to remember valuable information. It is also a great idea to write down how each experience made you feel as it can help conjure up further details. Write down everything. You can also refer to your old emails, texts, social media posts, notebooks, calendar and any articles you might have written.
Now go through the notes and compare what you have written with what you remember. As we tend to forget things with time and subconsciously alter our memories, this process can help you realign your thoughts and your emotions. It will help you see how you’ve evolved and improved throughout the year.Moreover, this will enable you to think critically, be self aware and practice gratitude.
3. Think about what you want in 2020
“For a new year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move!”
– Mehmet Murat ildan
What can you figure out from reflecting on 2019? What can you do better next year? Do you want to make your health better in 2020? Or do you want to be emotionally fulfilled? Do you need to focus more on your relationships or is it your career that needs more attention? It’s not about having a new year’s resolution. It’s about setting a life mission for the new year.
Once you’ve reflected on the good and bad things from 2019, you will realize a lot of those things were in your control. This will make you more self-awareness and have an internal locus of control. The process will enable you to understand:
What mindset you have to develop
What new skills you have to learn
What habits you have to change
Who you have to connect or disconnect with
What attitude you have to develop
And many more
As you realize where you need to improve and focus on, you must figure out what actions you need to take that will lead you to success. Your course of action will primarily depend on what exactly you want to achieve in 2020.
Do you want to make more money?
Do you want to invest more time on nurturing relationships?
Do you want to be healthier and more physically active?
Do you want to start a new business?
Dp you want to focus on personal development?
Do you want to get married?
Do you want to travel?
Do you want to get a promotion?
Do you want to be more spiritual?
It all depends on what you want. You may want to focus on one particular goal or you may want it all. In that case, assign percentages to each outcome and invest your time and efforts accordingly.
4. Have a plan, but expect anything
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” – Benjamin Franklin
Plans fail most of the time. That’s what I’ve realized in life. The key to success is in being flexible and adaptable. Anytime things start to veer off from your plans, make sure you adapt to the circumstances. Having said that, it is also important to have a direction which a rough plan can give you. A plan laden with effective actions and achievable milestones can be a great motivator. Your plan should include actions that you can take on a daily basis. Actions that take you forward one step every day. Make sure you are realistic and specific when defining your action plan.