Well, can you believe it?
There are now less than 6 full weeks to the end of the year.
Yikes! Time flies when you are having fun eh! Are you having fun?
Earlier this week I met a friend for coffee and having both worked in the corporate arena for many years, we found ourselves engaged in a conversation about what we would be doing right now had we had remained in our former roles. My friend was very clear. She hated this time of year. Not only because she had to submit, review, increase and then commit to forecast volumes for the year ahead but this was also the time of year for the dreaded PDR (personal development/ performance review).
For me, working in the drinks industry – this was our busiest time of year.
60-70% of total annual volumes in scotch whisky are sold in the last 3-4 months of the year so it could get quite frantic. This was also the time of year when we were obligated (by HMR&C) to carry out the annual cased goods/stock take. A formal inventory review.
And that little journey down memory lane was enough to get me thinking about how few of us conduct a personal inventory each year.
And so, as we hurtle towards the end of this year, I invite you to find your courage and take a brave and very honest look at your life right now. To conduct your own personal inventory.
This is an opportunity for you to reflect on the year almost gone.
To consider what is working in your life, what is not… and what areas of your life need some specific attention.
Are you ready? Well, no time like the present. Let’s get started.
Take some time to answer the following questions:
1. Using a scale of 1-10 where
1 = Terrible, could hardly get worse
5 = Mediocre
10 = Absolutely fantastic, couldn’t be better
Apply a score to the following areas of your life:
– Personal Relationships
– Financial Situation
– Health & Wellbeing
2. In what area of your life are you ‘settling’ for less than you deserve?
3. What are you most proud of achieving this year?
4. How many books did you read, or podcasts did you listen to this year?
How much have you grown?
5. What has been your greatest setback, failure or disappointment of the past year?
6. What do you waste most time on?
7. What do you need to do MORE of?
8. What do you need to do LESS of?
9. Now I want you to revisit each of those areas outlined in question 1 and score them again. Without thinking about the ‘how to’ – declare how you would like them to rate 12 months from now? By end of next year?
10. What is the one area of your life that you are committed to improving next year?
And then of course – the million-dollar question.
What new habit or behaviour can you commit to every single day that will allow you to move towards your goal?
Most people will resist change. They will fight change as if it will be worse than whatever it is they are experiencing right now. The will settle into a life of mediocrity – getting comfortable in the discomfort. They may not like it, but it feels familiar at least. Most people won’t challenge the unknown. They need to see the future all mapped out before they are prepared to step into it. But that is not how life works. And you are not most people.
Please know that whatever it takes for you to create the life of your dreams, – you have that within you. You have genius, you have goodness, you have creativity. But you must take the initiative. You must make the commitment to change.
You are responsible for your life. Own it.
Because when you ‘get it’ – when you stand up and acknowledge that you are 100% responsible for your life, then you get to take back your power and make the changes necessary to improve it.
Go for it, you won’t regret it.
xxx Love and courage xxx
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