My weekend and movement into this week has been explosive. I wrote this in an hotel room close to VGC where I was meeting a few of the best minds among the emerging new generation of leaders in Nigeria. We were there to fashion out how Nigeria will, can and must be the best place to live in on earth… and how. Joggling that with the fact that it was the last day of the year and I had to perform a review, it wasn’t easy. It is however important to look at the previous year and examine how close or far you are in tandem with your life goals.
Looking at mine I made it a point to thank God for both the mighty and little daily victories I’ve recorded. I have made some seriously bold moves and they yielded results. I improved in internet presence, business and negotiation tactics, reconnected with lost friends, kick-started three major projects in Nigeria. Here are some of the questions I seek to answer fully before the next 12 hours of the New Year catches up with me. But then it doesn’t matter, just do them before planning for the New Year.
Personal development analysis
This is _______________’s review of ____________ written on the _________________
Deadline: One Year from Today’s Date_________________
1. Look for, or think of all your goals for 2008, and rate yourself over 100%, what did you score?
2. What was your greatest achievement and loss/regret for the year?
3. What other goals did you achieve and which are left untouched?
4. In what ways could you have done better in areas less achieved by you?
5. If you were to think of a word or phrase to call 2008, what would it be?
6. Consider your response to the goals, challenges and opportunities and define yourself by a single word or phrase, what would it be?
7. Now be honest here, what are the things you would have done better, or rather you would have wanted them not to happen?
8. Highlight in numbers, the achievements you would be proud of in 2008, how many do you have?
9. Name the people who made a difference in your life. Why and how did they make a difference? (Make it a point to call, mail or text them to thank them for their impact).
10. How did your relationships grow, change or end? What did you learn? [your wife, children, spouse, friend] 11. Whose lives have you contributed to this year, especially one in which you never expected anything in return?
12. What projects or activities: social, academic, relational, are still in progress? Which ones did you not achieve in the previous year.
It important to write them down somewhere, don’t just answer them in your head. The new year will be turbulent, but for strategic people, it holds a lot of promises and you cannot afford to be a spectator in December 2009, when other people are counting gains.
See you at the other side of the year, but then…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!