As we approach the end of 2022 and look ahead to the new year, it’s natural to start thinking about our goals for 2023. Whether we’re striving for professional success, personal growth, or a combination of both, setting goals is a crucialway to stay motivated and focused. But before we can start setting goals for the future, it’s essential to take a moment to reflect on the past year and see what we’ve accomplished and where we could have done better. Retrospection is crucial to setting practical goals because it helps us identify our strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.
Retrospection on 2022
In my own life, 2022 was good to me. I hit most of my goals and have a clear vision for my future. In my personal life, I strengthened several relationships I had neglected while maintaining balance in my marriage and among other friends. Though I didn’t hit my weight loss goals, I made some progress and am optimistic about the year ahead.
Professionally, I have a better understanding of my career path. I made significant progress on my book on burnout recovery, have a small and mighty list of clients, laid a foundation for building my personal brand, and am on a path to a prosperous 2023.
Think about how your past year went, too. Write down your accomplishments, along with goals you didn’t quite achieve. Whether your goals included getting a raise or promotion at work, starting a new business, or losing 20 pounds, retrospection is super-important. Here are a few key reasons:
- It helps us understand what works and what doesn’t. Looking back at our past experiences, we can see what strategies were successful and which weren’t. This can help us tailor our goals to match our strengths and abilities better while we avoid repeating mistakes that held us back in the past.
- We can review when we have struggled or fallen short in the past and identify areas for improvement. By acknowledging these weaknesses and setting goals to address them, we can progress and become more well-rounded individuals.
- It helps us stay motivated and on track. When we set goals that are meaningful and align with our values and interests, staying motivated and focused on achieving them is more straightforward…