Time to Reflect

2012 New Year Resolution: Make a report card of my performance this year!

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January 2012 desktop wallpaper from Smashing Magazine

The year 2011 have past. We are now in the beginning of the new year. Things have definitely changed. Are you satisfied with what you have achieved? How can you move forward based on what you have achieved?

To make progress, you must review what you have done this year. It’s time that you take stock of your life – to give yourself a report card like the one you received at the end of each academic year in school. I recommend that you take this time to reflect, talk to and listen to your inner self. Here’s a guide to get started:


Find an alternative place, away from the usual breakfast table or workstation.  A new environment will help to stimulate some new insights.

Make Notes:

Arm yourself with a notebook and pen down some notes. Take your diaries along to help you remember certain details. With the aid of you diaries, recall the milestones in the past year,


Evaluate yourself in the key areas:

  1. Work performance
  2. Finance
  3. Health
  4. Family
  5. Self-development
  6. Social development
  7. Spirituality

The above seven areas are like spokes of a bicycle wheel connecting to the centre hub, which is you. If your performance in these areas has been fairly constant, then the wheel is even. If you suffered in one or more areas, then the wheel is bumpy, as your journey was more difficult.

As you move forward, you have to strive for an even performance in these seven areas and achieve a work-life balance.

Perhaps, ask yourself these 3 questions:

What are the things I have done right?
What accomplishments drew praise from your boss and your clients? What are the things you have achieved that made you feel like a winner?

What are the things I have done wrong?
List them down and learn from them. Why did you make the mistakes? How did you make them? Was your attitude the cause of your failure? Make a resolution not to repeat them this year.

How can I improve this year?
What are the things you need to change for the better? How can you achieve more of your vision and mission for the new year?

Consider improving your communication skills, seizing new opportunities, planning more effectively, boosting your emotional intelligence, managing stress and controlling your anger.

A holistic improvement plan will also include apportioning a percentage of your income to self-development and philanthropic purposes, eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Feeling better mentally and physically will enable you to respond more courageously to any changes the new year brings.


Take a break, reflect and review and try this exercise. It can help you improve and move in the direction all year long! Remember to also share your review with your friends and family and note down their feedbacks too.

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