Evaluation Time – Make it a Habit

It’s February. How are you doing with your resolutions? Are you on track for what you intend to accomplish in 2016? I wanted to give you this exercise in January, but felt that you would benefit from it better in February – after all the getting over the holidays takes a while!

Habits for Reviewing Your Year:

  1. Start by sitting down with your calendar for 2015, along with any to-do lists or journals from the past 12 months.
  2. On a legal pad or your computer, make note of each event, appointment, and activity.
  3. Then evaluate every item on your list. What did you enjoy? What were some of your proudest moments? What did you spend too much time on? What didn’t get enough of your time? In what areas were you especially effective? Where did you fail? What can you learn from your mistakes?

The key to this exercise is to use what you discover about your past year to inform and guide you in the coming year. This type of reflective thinking can help you discover what worked and what didn’t, and what needs to change for you to become more effective.

Here are five habits from John Maxwell to help you get started with your 2016 goals and maximize momentum.

Rule of Five for Developing Momentum-Building Goals:

  1.  AssessI’ve often said that experience alone isn’t a good teacher. But evaluated experience is.You have to assess where you’ve been to know where you’re going. Evaluate the past so you can determine the future.
  2.  ReadLeaders are readers. They’re hungry for insights, and when they come across knowledge, they have a system for storing it for eventual use. Reading keeps your mind sharp and your perspective fresh. Always be reading something new, interesting, and challenging to help you grow.
  3.  ObserveVision determines the direction of the team. Observing other leaders’ habits, behaviors, and values can help you discover practical ways to grow in the areas you desire.
  4.  ListenEffective leaders encourage others to tell them what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear. You cannot connect with other people when you are the one doing all the talking! You’ll gain so much by listening to others before you make them listen to you.
  5.  DoThe secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.

You’ll never be successful if you stop after you’ve had an idea or made a plan. You have to implement it! And remember, one hour a day for five years can make you an expert in anything, so take action now.


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