Behind As You Look Ahead To The New Year
By Anne Gottlieb Angerman
Communiqué, January 2004
is a great time to look back on the past year and gain some
perspective on what you've learned and accomplished over the
last twelve months. Conducting a personal year-end review
is a wonderful exercise if you make it significant and meaningful.
To be worth your time, your review and the creation of a plan
for next year have to touch on issues close to you and how
you really want to live your life.
Questions to Ask Yourself At the Start of the New Year
your 2004 game plan look like?
A good goal
has a positive end. It should be something you want, not something
you hate or think you should do. "I am going to exercise
more" is one of those goals that sounds nice, but will
undoubtly end up on the back shelf. "I am going to find
some kind of exercise that I enjoy. I will walk three times
a week for 30 minutes."
A good strategy
should move you toward something that you find enjoyable,
fulfilling, productive and rewarding. What do you find especially
fulfilling in your life? What do you do that makes you lose
all sense of time? Increasing what you find meaningful in
your life can have a significant positive benefit for you,
and for people around you.
A good strategy
should move you away from things and people you find unproductive,
unfulfilling, meaningless or unrewarding. What do you hate
doing? Who do you not enjoy talking on the phone with? What
feels like a waste of time? Here is fertile ground for goals.
Decreasing what you find unrewarding in your life can start
giving you a sense of internal control over what happens to
Change is difficult.
Take baby steps; you can accomplish those goals, and lead
the life you so desire.
Anne Gottlieb Angerman,
MS, the director of Career Matters is a career strategist
and coach that helps people find satisfying careers. She can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-489-9409.