Now that the end of the month of December and also the end of the year 2017 is near. Most people would fish out their diaries to write down their new year resolutions. Kudos to those who kept the ideals for 2017 and kudos to those who did not. We all have our different struggles.
Before you make your resolutions you should bear in mind that your plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present.
That being said, we should all take out time to make an appraisal of the year that is about to fade into memory.
Describe the year 2017
What impressions have you had this year. Both the good and the bad. If you had to describe these previous 12 months, in a sentence, what would that sentence be?
Did you have important events?
A lot of things must have happened this year. Incidents or accidents, parties or memories. Even though you may not be able to control them. The still happen. Make a list and include both the good and bad. What would you remember in 5 years time?
Did you record any win this year?
What successes, accomplishments, wins, great news and compliments happened this year? It can be anything from relationships, family, career, finances, health, or personal growth. If you set any goals previously focus on the ones you met. This would bring in a lot of positivity.
Any Challenges This Year?
This might dampen your spirit. But just as you recorded your victories you also need to acknowledge your failures or challenges. List every excuse card you may have used this year. What made this year not so great? What challenges did you face this year?
What Lessons Did You Learn This Year?
List the lessons you may have learnt this year. From your win and your loss. Try to look at the past month the objectively. What and how did these lessons help you grow.
Did you meet great people this year?
You must have come in contact with so many people. Think of the ones who have been significant. Do not hinge their significance on the timeline of how you stayed in touch. Just a minute meeting can have a greater impact that a 12 months.
Sieve the list and decide on the relationships that you want to take into 2018. Cut out negative friends or people who weighed down on your dreams.
Have you changed so far?
If you were to analyse your personality would you say you have changed this past 12 months. What is the difference between now and then? What was your mental state most of the year? What triggered them? What do you think makes you special? What interests have you picked up and do you think you would continue with them?
Do not forget that key to this appraisal is to acknowledge and celebrate your small victories. This would put you in a positive mindset for the next year. You have seen how good and how bad the past year may have been and you have also seen what steps may be better of to take in the New Year.