Why should a birthday be important?

We all have heard the public announcement that informs you when the time changes (daylight saving time), change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  Some do and some don’t.  We have also heard that around the end of the year, we are to make sure that we create New Year’s resolutions.  There are many reference points in our lives that nudge us to move it forward.  The new year is by far the most famous.

A New Year resolution is seen as a commitment that an individual makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. This is normally viewed as being advantageous because you are making that commitment.  It is viewed as a goal someone sets out to accomplish in the coming year.

A key element to a New Year’s Resolution is that it sets apart from other resolutions in that it is made in anticipation of the New Year, and new beginnings.

With that being said, I think I may have a better way.  I always use my birthday which I am celebrating on tomorrow.

My choice for that day is that the clock is ticking.  Each year I pull out my folder to take a look at my project list, goal sheet and most important notes that I have taken when that fleeting thought comes through.  This day always works for me because it is a reflection of the previous 12 months  it gives me the opportunity to take a look at the landscape.  How am I doing?

Where are your goals?

I review each category and the specific goals.  These are some questions that I put to myself?

  1. Did I complete the goal?
  2. If the answer is no, why not?
  3. If not, what do I need to do differently to complete?
  4. Where am I on the scale of completion?
  5. Do I need more time?
  6. What are the bright spots (surprises)?
  7. What were the unwelcome surprises?
  8. Overall am I moving in the right direction and if not what can I do differently?
  9. If I completed it, do I extend this to the next step?
  10. What do I need to do to get back on track, stay on track or take my life to the next level.

This intense self-imposed Q & A over the years enables you to develop your self-awareness.  As your self-awareness grows, you will better understand why you feel what you feel and why you behave as you behave. That understanding then gives you the opportunity and freedom to change those things you’d like to change about yourself and create the life and career you want. Without fully knowing who you are, self-acceptance and change become impossible.

 Having clarity about who you are and what you want empowers you to make those wants a reality.  The other side is that you will continue to be caught up with the thread mill effect of life.  Just making and going through the motion with no forward activity.  If you think about it, not understanding where it is that you want to go or better still, having that destination is like going through life with a blind fold on.

Are you pro-active about your career?

How do you make wise decisions and choices if you don’t understand why you want what you want? It’s a difficult and chaotic way to live never knowing what the next step is.  It is just as worse to not anticipate or be proactive.

So many of us are reactive, we are hit with issues and challenges and we then have to act quickly.  Whereas, if we were aware of our steps and where it may lead, it would allow us to anticipate.

This year for me was a breakout year.  I started in one direction, other avenues of opportunity came into view, and I made the adjustments because I could see it coming.  So, I would give myself a good grade for 2011.

I will over this weekend, put my thoughts together for 2012 and I will report to you next year.

Happy Birthday to me!

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