As 2019 is drawing to a close and 2020 is upon us, the time has come to take stock of our lives and plan for the year ahead. It is important to take a closer look at every aspect of our existence, so that we can find out more about what we have done well and where we are lacking.
Looking at every single category of your life is crucial to planning ahead for the new year and those who are willing to take the time to properly examine each and every one of the following areas are the ones who will prosper over the long haul. Taking a look at where you have come from is what allows you to reach your destination.
In order to have a true indication of how 2019 went, you’ll need to be 100 percent honest with yourself. This means that you should be ready to make some lists and be ready to examine each category in a forthcoming manner. Let’s take a closer look at the four questions that you need to ask yourself when it comes time to review 2019 and plan for 2020.
1. What Have I Accomplished and What Do I Hope To Accomplish?
This one may take some time, as we are often reticent to give ourselves the proper amount of credit for what we have achieved in 2019. Take a moment to think over the entire year on a month by month basis and ask yourself what you did to make your goals and dreams a reality and what results you were able to achieve. It is also important to consider the obstacles that you overcame along the way.
The reason why you need to ponder all of the questions above is because it is often difficult for us to see the bigger picture and realize just how significant our achievements have been. Knowing what have you been able to do is important, but it is more important to realize how you got there.
If there are achievements that you have yet to accomplish that are not on your list, take a moment to consider your plan of action for how you will make them a reality, but not until you’ve given yourself the proper credit for what you have already achieved.
2. What Did I Learn?
Whether you have succeeded or failed in 2019, you’ll need to think long and hard about what you have learned over the past year and how these lessons will apply to your 2020 objectives. It can be difficult for us to realize that major changes have taken place, as time flies by in such a rapid fire manner.
We undergo seismic changes each and every year, whether they are imperceptible or not. The big changes and sudden lessons always stick out in our memories, but what about all of the smaller moments that lead to minor tweaks? These little experiences make up a larger percentage of who we are than we realize.
Knowing what you’ve learned in 2019 helps you to determine the areas where you need to improve in 2020. Taking a moment to reflect on the lessons that have shaped and molded who you are as a person will allow you to continue your growth in 2020 and make the best possible choices going forward.
3. Am I Satisfied?
We often tend to confuse the concept of achievement with the concept of satisfaction. However, allowing our happiness to be defined by what we have achieved in our careers is not considered wise. Personal growth is about considering the obstacles that you have had to overcome and what you have learned along the way, but it is also about deciding if you are truly satisfied with the events that have taken place.
When you think back on 2019, do you have a positive feeling about it or do you believe that you could have done better? Deciding on the aspects that you could have done better will give you a helpful head start when it comes to planning for 2020.
Planning for 2020 is essentially impossible if you are unable to determine your level of satisfaction with 2019 first. Ask yourself how the year has gone and what your honest thoughts and feelings are about it, so that you can make 2020 an even better year than 2019, which brings us to the final and arguably most important question of all…..
4. What Happens Now?
While some might want to jump to this question right away, you’ll need to take the time to consider what you have accomplished in 2019 and what you have overcome before proceeding any further. There are a series of questions to ask yourself that will help you immensely when it comes time to plan for 2020 and how you are going to attack the year ahead.
When you’ve completed your list of accomplishments, take a moment to ask yourself which ones are missing. If there are accomplishments that you have yet to add to your list that are keeping you from being fully satisfied with your 2019, this is a sure sign that you need to make these goals the emphasis of your 2020 planning.
You’ll also want to consider the manner in which you spend your time, so that you properly allot the hours it will take to reach the goals that you did not achieve in 2019. Finally, be sure to ask yourself what your biggest goal is for the coming year, so that you can make this your primary objective and ensure that your 2020 is just as good as your 2019, if not better!