One of the best tools I’ve come across for figuring out where you’re at in life, where you’re trying to get to, and what you need to do to get from A to B, is Your Best Year Yet by Jinny Ditzler. It takes you through ten questions – the first four about the year that’s just finished. If we don’t take stock at least once a year and ask ourselves big questions like this…well, as Socrates famously observed, “The unexamined life is not worth living”. ‘Nuff said. Here are the ten questions:
1. What did I accomplish?
2. What were my biggest disappointments?
3. What did I learn?
4. How do I limit myself and how can I stop?
5. What are my personal values?
6. What roles do I play in my life?
7. Which role is my major focus for next year?
8. What are my major goals for each role?
9. What are my top ten goals for next year?
10. How can I make sure I achieve my top ten goals?
If you just take a couple of hours to sit with your journal and work through these questions, chances are you’ll gain some valuable insights. But if you feel inspired to work through this exercise in full, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this great little book, which is currently discounted to £5.54 on Amazon. It contains a full chapter on each question, with (among other things) many sub-questions to really help you pinpoint where you need to be focusing your time and energy in the coming months.
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