End of Year Review

As we progress toward the end of 2016, I’m sure like me you’ll be doing the usual things like reflecting on the past 12 months, wondering where on earth the time has gone and reviewing what you’ve achieved.

Making sense of your life is a huge part of what we do as human being.  When we are in a place where the necessities of food, shelter, safety and the like are taken care of, it’s the next thing we begin to think about.  We all want to be loved or appreciated, recognised for who we are as individuals and our role we play in the collective and make a difference.  In our individual way, we all want to make a difference.

In our individual way, we all want to make a difference.  Even if that difference is considered by some to be a bad thing, for the person making that decision, whatever it is, it is something they want to do.  That does not matter because their human need is to be known for having done something, is all that is important.

That is why there are still gangs, evil dictators, and people who decide to take advantage of others.  The point here is that we all gifts and abilities.  How we decide to use them is entirely up to us.

It is also entirely up to us whether or not we succeed in achieving the goals and objective we set for ourselves.

The funny thing about my last statement is that we probably all like the freedom to choose.  I know I do.  Freedom is one of the most important things to me.  However, there is another side to freedom and that side is called responsibility.  With freedom comes responsibility.

What does responsibility mean?  The dictionary describes responsibility as ‘the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or having control over someone.’

Well, the truth is that we do have a duty to complete our goals, change them, amend or improve then or to complete them.

Another description says ‘the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.’  Oooch that one might just pinch a little.  So, if we are accountable and to blame as part of our responsibility, then if we’ve failed to complete the goals we set ourselves for 2016, we cannot only face ourselves in the mirror.  It is our responsibility to take action.

Having said all of that, however, we really don’t need to feel dismayed or beat ourselves up too much.  All of us, including me, have things that were put on the list last year that have not been completed.

The thing is, to be honest with yourself about the reasons you’ve not completed them.  Reasons might have been because we found that those goals did not really fit into our plan on further consideration.  It may be that things, people and circumstances changed, maybe we changed.

Or maybe we made them knowing that we had no real intention of making them happen.  It could be that we made them as a result of circumstances, pressure or things outside of us and where we were at the time.  Needless to say, failing to complete our own goals and objective may have only a direct impact on us, in which case that’s no too bad.

So, what do we do when we realise that we left some goals undone, for whatever reason?  We dust ourselves off and get up and starting again.

This time with:

  • A stronger resolution to succeed;
  • A new list of things we really do want to achieve;
  • A strategy of what exactly it is we want to achieve and why (our leverage);
  • A plan of action on what we will need to do and what we commitment to ourselves.

This time of year is a wonderful reminder that we should all remember to review our goals and objectives.  It’s quite helpful to have an almost official time within the year as a reminder of this.  The end of year review for is not only business, it for us to take a look at our professional, career, and life evaluation.

I like it and I usually make sure that I start early.  I hope that this time of the end of year review brings you as much opportunity to create the life, career, and business you really want, as it has done for me over the years.  Make it a good one.

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