This year has flown by so fast! As the year comes to a close, naturally it becomes a time of reflection and a time of planning. I look back on the year to reflect on the events, accomplishments, relationships and failures that I've experienced. One of the ways I reflect is by popping the cork off our Answers and Blessings jars and reading the little slips of paper inside. Within these jars are the answers that we've written down to specific prayers and the blessings we've received of which we never asked. It is a great reminder of God's involvement in our lives.
Another end of year assignment is to prepare my goals for the next year. I try to keep my goals simple, but specific. They are centered around three major categories: Be, Do, Have.
- Who do I want to Be? This does not imply that I want to be someone else, but rather means that I want to be the best ME that I can be. For example, Godly man & husband, caring son, constant learner.
- What do I want to Do? This includes accomplishments, trips or activities with and for my wife and family.
- What do I want to Have? This is not what you would think. It is not necessarily possessions, but it can best be described as what life looks like when I am BEing and DOing the things that I listed. For example, a few things that I have for my 2011 list were: thriving business, satisfied clients, fulfilled & motivated employees, etc....
For each of those subcategories, I list specific actions that help me fulfill my be, do, have's if I am intentional and mindful about doing them.
Do you take the time to reflect on your year and plan for the next? If so, what advice would you offer to someone on how to do it?