Before you start to write down your goals for the year ahead, take time to reflect on your growth over the past year.
- What was the most fun I had this year?
- What did I learn this year?
- What did I change for good this year?
- What mistakes had the most positive impact on me this year?
- What bad habits did I pick up this year?
- What books or readings had the biggest impact on me this year?
These questions will help you focus and feel accomplished in the new year:
- What important projects would I like to complete this year?
- What am I looking forward to in my personal life this year?
- What skills would I like to sharpen this year?
- What education or books will help me the most this year?
- How can I increase my service to others this year?
- How much would I like to earn this year?
To achieve success in the year to come, make time for the powerful discipline of reflection. My formula:
- End of the day: 15 minutes
- End of the week: 30 minutes
- End of the month: 1 hour
- End of the quarter: 2 hours
- End of the year: 1 day
Remember, you will be the same person you were five years from now except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read. Choose both carefully!
By Travis Wold (EMBA ’15), co-founder/idea generation, Suit Squares