Hi Everyone, we hope you enjoyed the Holidays and had a little time to enjoy family and friends.
I want to take this opportunity to step back for a minute and take a look forward and backward. Forward and backward? Well, how often do we really stop and look at our “plan”? We are so busy living our lives and making it thru the day that we rarely reflect on what has come before and what can be in the future.
Where we have been and where we want to be, so to speak.
That is why I really hate it when people say they hate New Year’s Resolutions. I love New Years Resolutions and I am not afraid to Say It! I love the opportunity for reflection and “introspection”. (One of my resolutions is to upgrade my vocabulary… 🙂 ) Taking a look under the hood…what did that worked well last year and what didn’t. What I can improve on and what can I do to take it to the next level.
I also believe it is important to have some goals and things we want to improve on, but at the same time it is vital to pat ourselves on the back for what we have done well over the last year. We once did an Empowerment program for a large company and goal setting was one of the critical aspects of that programs’ success.
So, if I may be so bold, here is your mission should you choose to accept it; list three things or areas you did well in and three that can be improved. These can be personal, professional, family, relationships, health-anything goes. For example using fitness. If you did some exercise and stayed active=Big pat on the back. If this was an area that was a bit lacking put it on the “To Improve” list.
Here are some other ideas:
-Stress Management (Huh? No one has any stress right?)
-Interactions with Colleagues
-Interactions with Clients
-Fitness and Activity
-What about personal organization?
“What’s wrong with asking ourselves what worked this year? What could be improved? I think it’s a powerful thing to take a look back, examine and try to figure out the message. Then we can adjust our course and take our game up a notch while reinforcing the things we did well. After all, I refer to one of my favorite quotes, “Insanity” is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!”
Okay now I am going to share my list:
Alton’s Things to do Better:
-PERSONAL ORGANIZATION–I am resolving to better organize my calendar, notes, documents and computers.
-Anger Management–I have a highly functioning temper and I want to make it lower functioning.
-Get back on my fitness track. The last few months I have let my work schedule take me away from my traditional fitness training and I resolve to Get it Back! It is a mental thing, I know I can fit the training in but I let the other stuff get the best of me for awhile. No more!
Alton Pat on the Back list:
-Have continued to press forward on Wellness program development.
-Have helped several people come back from difficult straits.
-This year I will be on the Lifetime Network for health and wellness programming.
Some ideas on where to put the list:
-Actually write it down in a notepad or Journal. The written word is incredibly powerful. Then you can put the list on post-it notes or a sticker for the fridge. It also isn’t bad to let people know what you are working on–sharing is a cool thing.
-Evernote is a great program for on-line notes and lists (One of my personal favorites and I will be using it for my list)
“What’s wrong with asking ourselves what worked this year? What could be better. I think it’s a powerful thing to take a look back, examine and figure out the message. After all, I refer to one of my favorite quotes, “Insanity” is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!”
President, Dynamic Wellness
P.S. I wanted to share a video that I think you will enjoy!