It’s the final day of 2015 and most are eagerly anticipating an evening with friends, watching college football playoff games, and ringing in the New Year. If you’re like 88% of Americans, sometime during the day you will make a mental list of New Year’s Resolutions that you already realize will die an ignominious death sometime around February 3rd.
To me, New Year’s Resolutions are worthless because they are far too vague to be real goals. So, while I’m not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, I am a huge advocate for taking time to reflect back as a vehicle to move forward.
Today, before you watch Alabama vs. Michigan State, consume copious quantities of mini egg rolls, and quaff too many red Solo cups filled with your favorite potent potable, I challenge each of you to take 15 minutes of silence to reflect on the past 364 days. Here are the questions I am using to reflect on 2015:
Where was I this time last year (both professionally and personally)?
Did I accomplish my goals for 2015 – why and/or why not?
What is my motivation and how has it changed this year?
What do I need to do more of in 2016?
What do I need to less of in 2016?
What and who do I have to be grateful for?
How did I serve others in the past year?
What are my goals for 2016 (Kirby Hasseman has a great take on this here)
Am I who I want to be?
I find this exercise to be a soul-cleansing, deep breath that centers me before the hustle of the New Year begins. It’s much more helpful than setting another ambiguous resolution that I have no desire to actually achieve.
Finally, as I reflect, it would be thoughtless of me to not thank each and every person who has clicked on a link, read a blog post, and engaged me in the past year. You helped make 2015 more than memorable; you made it truly extraordinary. Thank you!
I wish each of you an incredible and remarkable 2016!