Looking Back, Looking Ahead
by Steph Beth Nickel
We’ve all heard it. We may even be overjoyed with what we’ve accomplished this year.
On her podcast, “The Next Right Thing,” Emily P. Freeman acknowledged the goal may not be to finish strong but simply to finish.
Let’s wrap up 2022 on a positive note—even if we didn’t achieve everything we wanted to in 2022.
First, let’s look back so we can look ahead with clearer vision.
Let’s ask ourselves the following questions about the past year:
Did I achieve my goals for 2022? At least some of them?
Did I take strides forward—even small ones? With regard to my physical health? My emotional wellbeing? My relationships? My writing goals?
Did I overcome procrastination—at least some of the time?
Did I change course when I recognized I was no longer moving in the right direction?
What goals do I want to carry over into 2023? And what goals do I want to set aside?
As we look to the year ahead, let’s be kind to ourselves.
Let’s consider the following questions as we look ahead to the new year:
What goals am I carrying over from 2022?
What would I say is my #1 goal for the year? For the first quarter of the year? For January?
Are there things I need to set aside, even if they’re incomplete?
How can I prevent those persistent dreams from always sinking to the bottom of my list of priorities?
How can I factor in white space in my schedule?
The term Simple, Not Easy has come across my screen from several sources. This is my phrase for the coming year.
This is how I plan to implement my Phrase of the Year:
Choose quarterly goals. From there, break them down into monthly and weekly goals.
Schedule in adequate white space: downtime and time to rejig when things don’t go as planned.
Commit to the incomplete and ongoing tasks I’m carrying over from 2022.
Be willing to set aside tasks when they are no longer moving me in the direction I believe I am to go.
Prayerfully consider new opportunities that come across my path. Just because I can doesn’t mean I should.
How does looking back help you determine your goals for the days ahead?
What’s your #1 goal for the first quarter of 2023?
Do you have a Word or Phrase of the Year?
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