The following is a simple exercise I have done at the end of December, for the past three years. This year will be no exception.
Although most people focus on creative strategies for creating better goals, I feel we skip a MAJOR step: Putting COMPLETION on their previous goals.
You can watch the video below and follow along, or simply read the post, but if you’ve made it this far…DO IT! It seriously takes less than 10 minutes, it’s pretty painless, and it’s extremely POWERFUL.
Watch it on YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZDzstY6FeA
Grab a piece of paper and a pen (do not use your iPad, Computer, Laptop or other gizmo) and answer the FOUR following questions…
1. List your Accomplishments and Victories for 2012
Take a moment to write out the biggest and littlest “wins” that you experienced throughout the year. Think hard and take some time.
2. What Lessons did you learn?
Take a moment and get clear on the lesson you learned with EACH accomplishment you had in 2012!
3. List your FAILURES and Disappointments for 2012
Where did you fall short on your goals? What mistakes and upsets did you experience? Write them down…the big ones, and the small ones.
4. What Lessons did you learn?
Go back to your “Failure List” and spend some time identifying the LESSONS you have learned…or NEED to learn from each of these failures.
Ok! Did you do it?! Did you fill out the four questions above on your paper? Now comes the magic part…
Take this piece of paper, fold it a few times…and BURN IT!
No…don’t imagine it being burned…don’t pretend you’ll burn it later…go get a lighter and burn that sucker right now!
Say goodbye to everything that was 2012 so you can be lighter, more flexible and more focused for 2013!
Did you Actually Do it?!
Now, for those who actually BURNED their paper, please share your experience below in the comments!! How did this help you?! …or was it a total waste of time?! Let me hear from you!!
And if you DID get value from this exercise, please share this post with a friend!