December is my month of reflection, in which I write about looking back, taking stock, drawing learnings from your year and looking ahead to 2020.
I have already covered the achievements we should celebrate and the struggles that weigh us down. This week, join me in taking stock of where you are today.
Let’s start with a little exercise. On the left hand side of a blank page list the major areas in your life:
- Work and career
- Money and finances
- Personal relationships (family, friends and community)
- Health and wellbeing (physical and mental)
- Home and environment
- Fun/leisure and recreation
- Personal and spiritual growth
Take a moment to reflect on each area. You may find it helpful to use the questions below to guide your thinking, but don’t feel restricted by them. If other thoughts come up, just relax and let them flow. Be brave and allow yourself to contemplate on the good, the bad and the uncomfortable. Try to think not just with your head, but also with your heart and your gut.
How do you currently feel about this area in your life?
How do you want to feel?
Which areas do you feel are missing something?
What is the missing element?
What are you putting up with?
What do you wish more of?
When you are ready, on a scale of 1 to 10 rate your level of fulfilment in each area. One is the lowest score and give yourself a 10 if you feel maximum fulfilment in that area. What is the range of scores? Which areas have the lowest and which have the highest scores?
What can you learn from these results? What do they say about where you focused your attention and what was being neglected? What you want to maintain and what you want to change?
Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.Margaret J. Wheatley, writer, speaker and advisor on organisational behaviour
Taking stock on a regular basis – not just at the end of the year – is an important exercise to ensure that we are living an intentional life and are on track to achieve our goals. Rather than living the day-to-day and barely keeping up with all our responsibilities, obligations and aspiration, take time to slow down, rethink your priorities and take greater ownership of your life today and your plans for tomorrow.