So why is it that time flies by? Is it because we have purpose? Is it because we have goals? Is it because we are so immersed in what we are doing that time seems to evaporate?
Or is it because we are just busy? Not purpose-based busy, but busy doing nothing. Well, nothing of any great significance. It’s this sort of busy that can be fun; it can be exciting; however, at the same time, this type of busy doesn’t usually amount or lead to much.
I’m not saying there isn’t a place for this type of busy, I am saying, however, that it should only be small part of your day, week or month and therefore it has a place, but make sure it doesn’t turn out to be the underlying theme of your life one year to the next.
This brings me to where you are right now, December 15th, 2019. Sixteen days from 2020 and a new decade. Sixteen days to take stock of 2019, to dissect it, to understand it, to highlight the good, the bad and all points in between.
To ascertain: “Were you the master or were you the servant to the past eleven and a half months?”
Reflection and understanding become essential for you to at this time as you want to be able to understand the past so you can create an even better future. So with that in mind, perhaps it is time to start asking yourself some of the questions that might help you understand 2019.
1. Did I achieve what I set out to do in 2019?
2. What was my motivation to see it all achieved?
3. What has held me back from achieving my goals?
4. What people helped me the most, and why did they help me?
5. During the year, have I remained true to my values and myself?
6. Do I like what I achieved in 2019?
7. Were my standards at the right level?
8. Did the completion of my goals bring me the result and the emotion I was looking for?
9. What did I learn about myself in 2019?
10. What lessons from 2019 will I apply in 2020?
11. Are there goals from 2019 that also relevant in 2020?
12. What will I need to change in 2020 to get a better result for myself?
13. Did I utilise a variety of skills, experience and understanding in 2019, or did I overly rely on one or two skills?
Remember, “Nothing just happens” and “Everything is important”.
Keep those two crucial points in mind as you go about your review of the year that is very quickly drawing to an end.
Don’t get caught up on whether it was:
-Good or bad
-Happy or sad
-Successful or unsuccessful
-Easy or hard
-Testing or rewarding
Take time to understand what happened and why. And as you do make sure that in all the right ways and for all the right reasons…
The Journey Continues!