It's the time of year we all tend to reflect on our accomplishments and results over the past 12 months, and compare them to the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year.
Everyone does this, but lifters do it not only for our personal and professional lives, but our gym pursuits as well.
So how did you do?
Did you have written goals to begin with? Was that document alive during the past year?
Are you happier in your personal life than you were a year ago?
Did you move in the right direction in your chosen profession? Did you do well in that class?
Did you do all the right things?
Did you work hard to reach the additional goals we set for ourselves? Did you add that inch to your arms? Did you compete in that contest? Did you squat that magic number that will make all the work over the past year worth it?
Spend some time reflecting on these things. Be honest with yourself about your success, and about the reasons for your success. Find the opportunities for next year.
Then... forget it.
Start putting together that plan for next year. Set your goals, and WRITE THEM DOWN. We all have computers, set up a file or a folder for your goals - all of them - and document what they are, and what you have to do to reach them. I've got one, in my personal folder on my work laptop. I document what I want to do in my personal life next year. I want to improve my relationships with my two oldest, best friends. We've drifted apart over the last couple of years, and I'm going to fix that. My wife and I need to do some financial planning for our future, so one of my goals is to set up a personal investing account (e-trade) and put some money in there and start trading.
Refer to your plan on a regular basis, and stick to it. Remember it is a living document, and change it as you need. You might find a new love in March that will change your priorites. You might get a dog that pees on the carpet, and you need to make the time to train the damn thing. But stick with documenting your plans and your progress.
Since we are all lifters, we've got part of this process in common... and the shared passion we have for physical culture makes this a perfect forum to present our goals and plans for review, critique, criticizm, and support.
So what are you going to do next year?
What's your plan?
You don't have to do it today - I'd rather you didn't. Just take the time over the next few weeks to do some reflecting, goal setting and planning... and use your peer group to help you achieve everything you wish.
General, specific - the method is up to you... but do it.