Last year at this time, I shared my yearly reflection and goal setting process; Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward, in my last blog of 2011. It’s a ritual I have been doing for over a decade in which you learn from the past and feel empowered by the visual expansion and planning for the future. It becomes more powerful each year as you can see more growth and momentum-so excited about sharing this with you! I’ve updated the content and am resharing, along with offering a FREE workshop on the process!
Tools to have handy: Your 2012 day planner and two sheets of paper plus something with which to write. If you have a holiday letter that highlights your year, have that on-hand as well. You can certainly do this online if that works better for you-I prefer holding the pieces of paper and the process of hand writing…it’s more tangible to me that way!
Reflecting Back: Start with looking back at the past year and write down on the first sheet of paper everything that impacted you. Organize it into sections with headings (suggestions below to get you started!) You’ll want headings that will be meaningful to you-which will allow you to view the year as a whole and analyze its essence. This will be your foundation for the next step.
Projecting Forward: Now, write down the same headings on the second piece of paper and add new ones (if appropriate) that you want to include in 2013. Review your first sheet (Reflecting Back). Fill in line items under each heading. What do you project for 2013? What stands out as a priority for your attention in the coming year? I love seeing all written down, so I can clearly analyze the data and set goals for the New Year!
Your Reflecting Back on 2012 (and Projecting Forward on 2013) might look like this: (these are all headings and will have multiple line items under them).
Work/Income Friendships Health/Nutrition
Training Social Exercise
Professional orgs Visitors Wins
Technology Travel Personal
Now, put it to work! Effective goal setting happens when you’ve done your homework. Use the data to map out your goals for 2013. They should be MUCH clearer now!
Hope this helps you with your 2013 goal setting! Please share your questions and comments below. What worked? What tweaks did you add to make it yours? What questions do you have? I’d love to support you in any way that I can! As a special gift, I’m offering a FREE workshop on Saturday, December 29th at 12:00 pm EST. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. The call-in details will be sent to you upon registration.
Wishing you a very happy New Year…may your life flow easily and be full of JOY in 2013!
Ellen Thomas, founder of Your Transformation Coach, is passionately dedicated to helping people banish craving forever and reach their perfect weight. Her philosophy: Why wait? Every moment of your life has significance. Don’t waste another second not experiencing the true meaning in your life! A military spouse with an MBA in International Marketing, she is multi-lingual, an avid runner and loves to travel. She currently lives near Stuttgart, Germany with her husband Michael and canine running coach Bella. Learn about her January Transformation Boot Camp here.