I know, it’s about to be 2019 and there are so many that will run out this month to buy gym memberships or to join a weight loss group, and most will not stick to this 2019 resolution. Why? Because it lacks the appropriate reflection and planning time.
So before you go out and buy yourself a membership somewhere or commit to joining a weekly group of some sort, why don’t you spend some time reflecting on 2018.
Here are some questions to assist you in your 2018 Reflection:
- What are some of your fondest memories of 2018?
- What were your top priorities? Did they remain your top priorities? Why or why not?
- Where did you allow your time to go?
- What are some of your successes? What made them feel success?
- What were some of your biggest challenges in 2018? What lessons are you learning from them?
- Were there any significant obstacles that you overcame? What or who helped you overcome them?
- If you had goals, what was your worst setback?
- What are some things that didn’t go so well? Why not? Is there anything you need to change going forward?
- Did you hold yourself back in any way? Did you allow fear to take over? If so, how?
- Is there any intentional pruning that might need to happen for me to move forward more productively and healthily?
- What did you learn about God? Yourself? Others?
Here are some questions to assist you in your 2019 Planning?
- What has to happen in 2019 for it to be a successful year?
- What is my compelling why for those happening? (E.g., Will my life be better? If I’m saving, will I be able to buy a newer car? Will I be further along in my education? Will my family feel valued?)
- What resources might I need to get there? Who might I need to assist me?
- What behaviours might I need to adopt into my life in order to make 2019 my best year yet?
- How will I track and measure my effort and achievements?
- Is there anyone who I can invite into my journey to hold me accountable to the commitments I’m making?
I’m a person who thrives on clarity and planning. Some of the best years of my life have happened because I’ve taken myself through the above type of process. It’s worth it!
I’ve mentioned this before, but I use the bullet journal method. Plus I add a few spreads into either my paper or digital journal that are helpful to me. For example, I always monthly creat habit tracker for the things I’m committed to doing. So, at the end of each day, I will check off whether or not I’ve done the things I wanted to daily do. It works amazingly well! I also create a book reading log to track the books I’ve read and a Saving Log.
So before you go out and attempt to make 2019 New Year’s Resolutions that you will never stick to, give yourself the gift of reflection and planning. You’ll be much better set up for success in your life if you do!
I’d love to hear your reflection and planning process. If you’ve got a series of questions you lead yourself through, feel free to post them in the comment section below or email them to me, Carmen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carmen, through teaching, speaking, pastoring, blogging, and podcasting, invests in others so they can lead and live better. She is the founder of LEAD Women Ministries, ordained with the PAOC, an Associate Pastor at Westside Pentecostal Church, holds an MA in Leadership & Management, and she can often be found collaborating with other leaders or organizations on projects where there are outcomes to grow people’s confidence, competence, and character.