In my December Working with Wisdom newsletter, I encouraged readers to delay writing their New Year’s resolutions until they had written their 2009 success list. Why? Because you’re much more likely to be focused and confident that you can achieve new goals when you first acknowledge and celebrate your past accomplishments. Few of us take the time to do that.
Start by making room by writing numbers one through 20 down the left margin of your paper so you’ll list at least 20 successes. Consider what you’re most proud of this year, including family and friends, health, work, finances and fun. Then, go deeper to the lessons learned and gifts that come from disappointments and setbacks. Once your list is complete, share it with those you trust and encourage them to do the same. Celebrate all you’ve accomplished. Now you’re ready to write your resolutions!
The successes on my list include improving my Working with Wisdom website, launching my short-term, one-on-one Wisdom Mentoring for Entrepreneurs program, creating an 11-part webinar series called “Working with Wisdom for Project Managers” for PDUs2Go, losing my excess weight and spending nearly two months at the beach. What are some of your successes this year?