If you see with 20/20 vision, optometrists consider you to have perfect vision.
In life, however, vision refers to looking ahead to where you are headed in your journey. What is your vision for your life in the year 2020? In the decade of the 20’s? Can you see it clearly?
- Will you secure the career of your dreams?
- Will you take time to develop a talent you have?
- Will you finally achieve a goal you’ve been working toward and set your next goal?
- Will you discover that you need to take a detour off the path you were planning on taking?
Take a Moment and Reflect
I was at my writing goal group in early January where we work-shopped the idea of affecting possitive goals. (I had, in late December, identified the goals I wanted to work toward, but this group always leaves me feeling like I can move forward and complete my projects.)
I chose ONE of the four goals I have for the year to use for the exercises in the workshop. As we rotated partners to voice and explain our goal, I came into contact with “X.” I explained what I wanted to accomplish, how, and why.
“I don’t think you can do it?” she said to me.
“Because you haven’t done it in the past. What makes you think you can do it now?”
That was brutal, but the more I have let her words sit on my psyche, the more I am looking at why it has taken me 10, 20, 30 years to get my act together.
In order to plan for your future, it is helpful to look back and evaluate where you have been. Use your observations and perspectives in addition to how you felt about what you have done/have not done over the past year.
- Did you set goals for 2019?
- Were you successful in what you set out to accomplish?
- What stood in your way of success?
- How can you approach your goals differently in order to be successful?
- Did you set too many goals and feel like you were stretched way too thin with everything you wanted to accomplish?
But take it one step further. It is not enough to just looking at what you did/did not accomplish. If we are to improve, we need to look at the “whys” as well – especially if we plan to transfer a goal from last year over to this year.
- Why did/didn’t you accomplish that goal?
- If you are going to be successful this year, what changes will you make that will allow you to be successful?
Now that the festivities of the holiday season have passed, I hope you can find a few minutes to reflect on your past goals and how to either transfer the successul behaviors to your new goals or revamp your behaviors so you can achieve those goals.
My New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day gave me a feeling of peace, motivation, and hopefulness. 2019 is now behind me and my household, and I have a clear list of “resolutions/goals” for 2020.
I have more reflecting and planning to do because that aspect of goals is never done. I had hoped to have completed the reflecting and planning stage for the decade of the 20’s before New Year’s Eve, but cleaning up my kitchen after ONE (maybe two) unwanted, tiny, furry guests has taken most of my time.