Why is Yearly Reflection a Game Changer?
Yearly reflection is a game changer, as it allows us to embrace the end of the year by taking time to understand our gains and losses, without passing judgment. It is through this process that resilience is often discovered in the face of setbacks, and every triumph, no matter how small, contributes to our personal growth and creates a unique and inspiring journey. Embrace your own heroism as you reflect upon the year, inspiring not only yourself but also those around you. How to achieve this?
Look for the Gap
One way is to recognize missed opportunities as gaps in your life. Consider how you set your goals. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions, but simply stating resolutions doesn’t work. They are often unclear, unspecific, and unmanageable, creating an overwhelming picture. To make things happen, focus on something specific.
If you started with these grandiose goals, then analyze what you did.
Analyze Your Year’s Outcome
A great way to analyze last year’s outcome is to review each month, listing the positive occurrences, missed opportunities, and ideas that didn’t materialize. Approach this with detachment, adopting a scientific perspective. Investigate why missed opportunities and unfulfilled events occurred. Were doubts, fears, time constraints, or lack of effort involved? If you are at a loss for an answer, create a list of assets, ruts, and limitations from the last year. This becomes your knowledge base to know how to approach the new year. Do the following.
Begin with your core background. Ask yourself questions and to provide detailed answers regarding your strengths in school, business, and personal life. Recognize what comes naturally to you as a result of your background and upbringing. Acknowledge areas where you lack proficiency and actively seek opportunities for improvement.
Your Actual Experiences in Life & Business
List positive events from the year in personal, relational, academic, business, and travel experience. Identify areas for growth or difficulties encountered.
Your Skillset, Talents, and Gifts
Recognize your unique skills, talents, and gifts, listing both strengths and areas that need development. For example, you may excel in athletics, possess strong mathematical abilities, have organizational skills, or have a passion for serving others.
Define your comfort zone by considering its assets and the factors that contribute to limitations and ruts.
Everyone has a support system that includes family, friends, mentors, or community members. If you don’t have a support system, seek assistance.
Everyone has a unique personality. Some people are friendly and outgoing. Others are natural leaders. List your positive personality traits and areas for improvement.
Circle of Influence
Recognize the positive influences in your circle and identify those hindering your progress. The positive circle of influence consists of people who support you, want to see you succeed, serve as mentors, and those who follow you with positive assets. Conversely, those who don’t support you, are critical of you, or have a negative influence limit you.
List your assets, ruts, and limitations in the areas of time, money, energy, and effort.
Distinguish between areas where you are fully committed (assets) and those where you desire but lack commitment (limitations). Specify reasons for the lack of commitment.
Your Results Reveal Gaps
After this exercise, observe patterns and identify gaps as ruts and limitations. Focus on understanding why they occurred and how to improve. You may have some thoughts, feelings or emotions that are stopping. This exercise will bring that up and it points at things you need to work on.
While waiting until the end of the year can make this exercise overwhelming, consider reviewing monthly in the future. Personally, I review on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis, allowing me to adjust my course as it is happening. It helps me identify it a feeling like doubt that may be stopping me. Once recognized, I figure out what to do. It makes it easier to release it and move forward when I can identify. It will be beneficial for you to identify your limiting beliefs, thoughts, and emotions so you can release them and move forward.
Now Create a Clear Picture for 2024
Now that you have clarity on what to prioritize in 2024, choose a gap and make it an intention to work on. Consider setting intentions rather than resolutions for a more nuanced approach. Here are some ideas to consider.
Set Intentions, Not Just Resolutions
Avoid rigid resolutions and set intentions that provide clarity on the desired outcome. For example, rather than saying “I will lose 30 pounds,” state intentions such as committing to changing your lifestyle. This includes adopting a clean, toxic-free diet without processed foods, exercising for 30 minutes daily, and doing this out of self-love. Embrace positive personal growth and well-being in your intentions.
Use SMART Goals
For each intention, break them down into (SMART) goals that include Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound criteria. For instance, specify the type of exercise, outline measurable goals, set achievable targets, establish relevance to your overall well-being, and define timeframes for monitoring progress.
With the intentions above, it is specific with the “clean toxic-free diet without processed food.” You will be buying organic foods and will limit eating in fast food restaurants. Indicating that “exercise will be 30 minutes a day” is specific. You may want to indicate what type of exercise. The intention with doing “you are doing this for self-love” is your specific purpose.
Break down these intentions further. How will you keep track of your progress? I recommend monitoring your weight release journey, focusing not only on shedding pounds but also on tracking inches and dress size. There might be times where you plateau in weight, but simultaneously, you’re losing inches and fitting into smaller-sized clothes.
Another way to assess progress is by setting specific weight goals, such as aiming to lose 10 lbs. in one month. If you miss the mark, take the opportunity to review what might not be working for you.
I have a 30-day Health & Mindset Daily Action Journal that I give to my clients. You can track measurements, weight, foods you eat, water you drink and your thoughts and emotions through your journey. You review in on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
I also encourage you to take pictures often. You may not notice the weight releasing when you look at yourself on a daily basis. Looking at pictures from the beginning of you weight release journey will make you more aware of your progress. You will get excited that you are accomplishing your releasing weight goal.
Consider whether dropping 10 lbs. in one month is achievable. I know for a fact that it is possible with the Keto 90 Plan. While some individuals might need to push themselves slightly to reach this goal, the key is not to be overly rigid. Forgive yourself if you only make it to 8 lbs. or even if you surpass the goal with a 12 lbs. loss in the next month. Stay positive and review your strategies to stay on track.
As mentioned earlier, you might not reach 10 lbs. in one month, but you may find yourself fitting into a different dress size. What is more important? The actual dress size, as weight can fluctuate for various reasons, such as water retention. I will guide you on what to do.
If you noticed, I’ve already included timeframes for when a person who wants to reduce weight. It provides an idea of when to check in on their progress. I highly recommend checking in on a weekly and monthly basis with weight reduction.
When you put in the extra work to create intentions with SMART goals, you have a way to track your progress. You’ll see progress and be aware when you are falling behind. Most likely, you will reach your ultimate goal of shedding 60 lbs. in 6 months. You won’t beat yourself up at the end of the year because you are reviewing and adjusting as you go.
As a person who released 70lbs. and kept it off over decade, I’m here to guide you through this process. I will assist you in being accountable, and I offer programs with group coaching that can also serve as accountability partners. Feel free to contact me via email or set up a private complimentary consultation.