As another year comes to a close, most folks are going to be looking ahead. New years resolutions, goals and hopes for “the best year yet” are all fresh on our minds and quick out of our mouths.
I am no different. I already have big plans for 2012… things I want to try, places I want to go and goals I plan to conquer. And while making lists and then checking all the items off is a great feeling, I would like to suggest that before you jump into 2012, you look back and take inventory on 2011.
Seriously. Let’s talk about the past for a minute.
You obliviously didn’t have too bad a of year in 2011, regardless of how you see it. I mean, you are reading this, while breathing and functioning in a body that still seems to work. That’s pretty awesome. Also, assuming you are reading this from the comfort of home or place of employment, and not from a prison cell, you probably had a better year than you even realize. Things were – to some degree – not that bad and pretty damn good.
Of course, if I am going to tell you all to reflect on the past year, you know it’s because this sexylicious superstar has previously done so herself, and thinks it would be cool to share the idea with you guys. Well then, let’s giddy up.
The other night, I was rocking out on my couch, contemplating going to bed and wishing I had something to eat, more specifically, wishing I had a bag of peanut butter M&Ms to eat. I got to thinking about all the things to come in 2012 and all that I already know I want to tackle and complete. And I’m talking BIG things, too. My mind was racing.
“Ohhhh man, I’M SO EXCITED!!” I was about to grab my journal and start my new ‘to do’ list for 2012… when I stopped, and dun-dun-dunnnnn. I had an “Ah-ha” moment.
I’m a big believer that you can’t know where you’re going, unless you know where you’ve been. And so, I began reflecting on 2011. I got on the laptop and started givin’ ‘er, reviewing the last 365 days.
Below, are a few the questions I asked myself, which I think helped me take a good look at the year. These questions allowed me see my 2011 as a whole, rather than just seeing the major events and stories that stuck out in my mind. Maybe these questions will work for you. Maybe they won’t. Either way, air five. You rock for reading and considering.
What worked out?
Ask yourself what went right… in other words, what did you kick ass at? Professionally and or personally? And more importantly, why did you kick ass at it? Check out the details to your success… Who contributed? Was it a new approach or a trusted way of doing things? Acknowledge what went right. It’s the sexy thing to do.
What didn’t work out?
Sometimes, things suck. And maybe in 2011 you experienced some sucky moments. This isn’t the opportunity to get unsexy and beat yourself up over things that you didn’t succeed at. AND it definitely isn’t an opening to blame other people for things that unfolded in YOUR life. It is, however, an opportunity to make sure you don’t repeat patterns of ‘failure’ in 2012. Be accountable. Admit where you messed up. Ask yourself why it didn’t work out and answer honestly. Do some problem solving and then take the appropriate measures to ensure success for your new goals in 2012. And as I shared on my Facebook page, mistakes and failures are some of the best investments you can make in your future success – if you’re willing to look at them and learn.
What can you jump up and down about?
Jumping up and down is a sexylicious way of celebrating, in case you didn’t know. 😉 What happened that is worth being grateful for? Maybe it is something you contributed to, maybe it is something that came out of the blue, thanks to someone else’s awesomeness… either way, being grateful is so sexy. And a wicked way to set the tone for the upcoming year.
Who played a key role?
We are never at this journey in life alone. It is important to realize who contributed to uplifting, positive and successful moments… and who did not. Your significant other may be the person you spend the most time with, but is he/she a contributing factor to “good things happening?” Or does he/she weigh you down? I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: you are an average of the five people you spend the most time with. Are your “fabulous five” really that fabulous? Want to keep them around for another go in 2012? Make a note as to who held you down and who built you up… and then continue with them accordingly. If you want to have “the best year yet” you need to surround yourself with “the best people yet.” For realsss.
I hope you do a ‘review’ of your year, before diving into 2012. Even if you don’t use my method, do something! Reviewing is a helpful way to see what to take with you, and what to leave behind. And then once you’ve had a look at where you are coming from, get going to where you want to be. Tackle the heck out of your goals in 2012. And know that I wish you plenty of “jumping up and down” moments. 🙂
Sending love, hugs and butt slaps…
PS – I will be sharing some of my favorite moments from 2011 in a separate, upcoming sexy post. Stay tuned. 🙂