Have you been inundated with emails on and social media posts on how to set goals for 2020?
I have too.
The advice I see all over is missing a key component.
The year is almost over (or has finished up, depending on when you're reading this), and there's one year-end wrap-up item that most people don't think to do.
Have you done a year-end assessment for yourself?
Does that sound painful - you just want to forget all about last year and start fresh?
Or, does it sound boring - you just want to embrace the newness of a new year?
The year-end assessment is the most powerful tool you can use to set yourself up for success in the coming year.
Yet, most of us skip it.
And, the one reason people avoid an end of year assessment is because they don't want to feel bad.
❌ They don't want to feel regret for what they didn't do.
❌ They don't want to feel disappointed for what they didn't accomplish.
❌ They don't want to feel overwhelmed by everything as they start the new year.
So, they skip one of the most important steps for year end.
The year-end evaluation doesn't have to feel bad. It can feel GREAT, even if you didn't accomplish everything you wanted to.
I'll show you how to spend 30 minutes on your year-end review without feeling bad, so you can set yourself up for an amazing 2020.
Do you want this next year to be different? Better?
It can be.
But, it will take some intentional effort to make that happen.
It can be the best year yet, with some specific intentional effort.
Grab a cup of coffee and a journal.
Here are the 3 steps to evaluate your past year and set yourself up for an amazing, successful, fulfilled 2020:
Most of us like to skip directly to what we want to improve, change and do better. Starting off with what we can "fix" prevents us from accessing our highest brain power.
So, be sure to start off with this question to get yourself into a productive head space.
List it all out.
This is your accomplishment log.
Give yourself credit for all of your accomplishments, wins, and the progress you made.
Think about all areas of your life as you do this:
And as a side note: the career category can be a great jump-start for updating your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Next, ask yourself what didn't go well this past year.
Don't judge or beat yourself up over it.
Go back to the 8 areas of life and write out
Again, the goal is to look at this impartially, as an input for your 2020 planning.
Think of it as math, not emotions. There's no judgement in this process. There's just facts that you'll build from for 2020.
Use lists #1 and #2 to write out want to do differently in the coming year.
If you like to skip to the end (like I do), here's the basics of what we just discussed.
One of the most important steps to set up 2020 for success (that most people overlook) is to assess this past year, to figure out what went well, what didn't go well and what you want to do differently for this next year.
Most people avoid this because it feels bad - regretful, disappointing, incomplete, and overwhelming.
If you notice the negative emotions and do it anyway, the year-end exercise is so powerful.
This process gives you the exact roadmap for the next year, and helps you to build on everything you DID accomplish this past year.
The 3 steps are:
From your lists, map out your 2020 plan by using the ABCDE method:
It's so worth it!
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