One of Stephen Covey’s principles of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is “[b]egin with the end in mind.” There is also a saying (paraphrasing) that it’s about the journey, not actually achieving the goal.
As the year comes to a close, I encourage you to look back over your journey. Review what you have learned/gleaned from the 2015 journey as opposed to what you may have accomplished or not. Many people will start to look at setting goals for 2016. I suggest you look at finishing the year with a sense of positive intention. (Nancy Lewis of Progressive Techniques has been focusing this year on encouraging people to be intentional.)
- Review deadlines. Review processes.
- Clean up loose ends.
- Follow up with clients to get meetings, sessions, etc., set up for 2016.
As you end this year, consider the following:
- Be intentional at holiday parties and gatherings. Don’t overeat or overindulge. Eat a little something healthy before you leave. Go for the healthy goodies. If you choose non-healthy items, eat only one of each. Eat slowly. Drink slowly.
You can end the year with healthy eating.
- You can get back into a workout regimen.
- Go to bed earlier.
- Spend more time with family and friends or spend more time with yourself.
- Read a book.
So look at where you’ve been, what you’ve learned, personal and professional growth, whose lives you have touched, and how you made a difference, just to mention a few things. If you are a goal setter, this will help you to “begin with the end in mind” as you set your goals for 2016.
My holiday wish for you is that you slow down and take time to enjoy and be with friends and loved ones. But, if you are able, reach out to someone who might be alone at the holidays and invite them to share these special days with you.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!