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The end or the beginning of the year provides the perfect opportunity to look back, take stock, and plan for your best year ever.

Socrates is credited with saying, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
That’s a pretty absolute and uncompromising tone. However, I think ol’ Socrates had it right.

Looking back and taking stock is a good exercise. The results can lift your life to a higher level.

Here’s how to get started.


Look at the answers to two simple questions:

1. “What went great this year? Why?”

2. “What did not go so great this year? Why?”

List your top 3 or 4 answers to each question.

Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” Albert Einstein


Now, start planning your goals for the year. Write them down.

“Your future does not equal your past. Your tomorrows are full of possibility that you can start accessing right now.” Michael Hyatt

There’s something intimidating and intense about stating and then sharing your goals. Maybe that’s why so many people fail in this dynamic practice.

Professor Gail Matthews of Dominican University of California did her own study that confirmed the power of writing down and sharing your goals.

  1. The positive effect of written goals was supported: Those who wrote their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write their goals.
  2. The positive effect of accountability was supported: those who sent weekly progress reports to their friend accomplished significantly more than those who had unwritten goals, wrote their goals, formulated action commitments or sent those action commitments to a friend.
  3. There was support for the role of public commitment: those who sent their commitments to a friend accomplished significantly more than those who wrote action commitments or did not write their goals.

Have you scheduled in some time to look back, take stock and plan what’s next? Let me know how I could help you do that. Please leave a comment below.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 44 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vincent and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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