One of the most powerful things we can do to shape our future is get clear on what has worked and define what we really want.
It might seem blindingly obvious, may even been something that you have thought of before, but only a small percentage of people take real time, sit down, reflect and really think. It can transform their satisfaction, results and accomplishments dramatically.
The ability to shift from reacting against the past to leaning into and presencing an emerging future is probably the single most important leadership capacity today.
At the end of each year we like to take the time to review the year as a whole. It's a part of getting clear on what we have and haven't done and being clear sets the scene for inventing what is next.
Some reflection allows us to take a moment and collect our thoughts about progress, completion and direction for the year to come. With this practice we can derive insight from what has worked well, the distance travelled and the gains. We can understand ourselves and our accomplishments in the world, make some decisions about what we are carrying forward and what we are not. This lets us set up the coming year with a fresh intent and perspective; what to stop and what to do more of.
It also allow us to clear the deck and create the coming year on purpose (rather than just falling in). This has several benefits. Some of these are logistical and others more contextual.
Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews. found you can increase the success of accomplishing your goals by up to 33% by writing them down and creating some accountability.
Findings were based on a study of 267 participants. The participants were from a wide variety of businesses, organisations, and networking groups throughout the United States and overseas to understand how goal achievement is influenced by writing goals, committing to goal-directed actions, and accountability for those actions.
Formulating them mentally is not enough.
You can increase your success rate by up to 76% when you write your goals and your action/commitments and send a weekly progress on goals and actions to someone.
Matthews said...“My study provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of three coaching tools: accountability, commitment, and writing down one’s goals.”
A year from now you may wish you had started today.
Reflection, Completion and Setting Your Path
Take a moment to reflect and complete the exercise to powerfully complete the year.
The more thought and care in identifying and distinguishing your insights and learnings the more easily you'll preserve them. Copy and keep them in a notebook, journal or 'playbook'.
Most people find it harder to acknowledge their accomplishment than to find fault with themselves. A remnant of social and personal context over years. Taking time to redress this by acknowledging accomplishment creates a healthy view and sets the scene for what is next.
Defining your path dramatically increases the ability to act intentionally and strategically, therefore powerfully. Writing down your intentions for the coming year sets your feet and mind right with the opportunity.
Once you have completed the form below, we will send you a copy of the form and re-send it a few more times through the coming year to remind you.
We all get busy and our focus can be on the day to day stuff. Getting a reminder of our intentions allows us to recalibrate and keep moving consistently with our best ideals and values.