Every New Year the saying, "new year, new you!" gets thrown about, and to be honest, I am not a very big fan of it. The passing of year and beginning of the next does not mean you need to change who you are. Instead, I believe it is a time to understand who you are, and challenge yourself accordingly. At the beginning of each year I set goals for myself; goals that are determined after considering the previous years' achievements and shortcomings. For example, I noticed that the goals I achieved last year were largely professional and I did not focus on my personal or travel goals as I intended.
This year I have made adjustments, as needed, and I plan to decorate and display my goals. Last year I simply typed them up, sent them to my accountability team and got to work. Placing the goals in a place where I will see them regularly will (I hope) help to remind me of my priorities on a regular basis. At the end of the year, when I go to review these goals and set new ones for myself, I hope to find that I have achieved more balance with my professional, travel, and personal goals.
I know this may sound like a cheesy, self-help post -- and maybe it is to an extent. However, I felt very accomplished when I saw the goals I completed this past year, and also motivated to strive for more success this coming year. Do you write down goals or resolutions each year? If so, how do you keep these in mind throughout the year? If you have any tips or successes please share!