Are you better than you were before this time last year?
What tools or valuation methods have you used to track you performance?
How comfortable are you with your progress?
Do you want more?
As I sat at my desk at work the other day these very questions just constantly ran through my mind. Each year I personally challenge myself to exceed my previous accomplishments. It is extremely important to me to know I am changing for the better instead of naturally getting worse. I refuse to be a person who makes elaborate plans and never actually accomplish anything. I don’t want to become stagnant.
Do you know what happens to stagnant water? It becomes and incubator of bacteria and parasites. You make people sick. 🙂 It is also a breeding ground for blood sucking, draining, demotivating mosquitoes. Do you know anybody like that?
WHERE DID THE TIME GO?
Just the other I was talking to my wife and we were amazed by how much our lives had changed over the last 10 years. As I reflected on my own personal change I was surprised to realize that I was mostly still the same. I mean sure I have gotten married, had a kid, moved out of state, and have what I would like to assume is a career but though my circumstance has changed I am still a selfish, sometimes lazy, indecisive, and an evil, evil man. Okay so I am not selfish evil but there are somethings that I would like to improve about myself. 🙂
Many years have passed and my former aspirations and hopes about my level of success have hit me hard. Similar to a two ton anvil on the head of an unsuspecting Coyote who chases a Road-runner. I seem to be in pursuit of something I would never catch, not because it is unattainable but I just wasn’t working hard enough for it.
YOU CAN’T CHANGE YOUR PAST
As I look back at all of the opportunities I had, all the time I wasted, all of the money I lost, I can gladly say I am grateful that I now have the sense not to let any opportunity to gain experience pass me by. As hard of a pill it is to swallow there is nothing I can do to change my past but starting today I can do what is necessary to make an awesome future. I can have a future full of optimism and hope, a future full of development and challenges, a future full of no regrets but tons of learning experiences.
Now with that in mind here are some great tips to help you track your progress and make sure that you are growing and meeting you own expectations every year. Don’t be a stagnant bacteria spreading mosquito.
1. Make a list of personal goals.
If you know what you are working for it is much easier to track your progress and a great way to measure your success.
2. Make a list of your personal accomplishments.
What have you done already this year that you have not done in your past? You may have already surpassed your expectations and just never took a moment to reflect on them.
3. Make a list of your challenges and what you have learned from them.
So many times I have gone through difficult situations and called myself learning a lesson just to have to repeat the test all over again. I have relized the best way to remember the challenges is to write down the lessons you learned. They will help you pass the quiz if you have to take it again.
4. Compare your results annually
This is the most important step in the process. If you don’t track what you have done vs what you want to do you will never know if you have matured.
As you go through your year don’t waste your time focusing on what you could have done but on what you have done and can do to make this year the best year of your life.
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