Happy New Year! Meadows Crossing would like to wish our residents and friends at Grand Valley all the best in this coming year. The turning of the year is a good time for reflection and for making resolutions, of course. Have you made any resolutions this year?
Reflecting on Successes and Failures
News and entertainment outlets always do their ”Best Of” stories
at the end of the year, giving their readers a chance to look back at the good that happened in music, books, movies and television, in politics, and in life. It can be fun to read through these lists and remember or make notes of what you missed and would like to catch up on. It’s valuable to do this in your real life too.
Looking back, it’s useful to consider both the successes and failures of the previous year. The wins we have encourage and motivate us to continue our trek towards greater success and happiness. The failures offer us lessons in choices we made that didn’t work out or opportunities we missed and could have taken advantage of. What are some areas of life to review?
People are most likely to review their professional goals at the end of the year - for good reason. Success in school or career propels people forward and enables them to have the resources they need to pay their bills, support their families, and live life. Do you have a 5-year plan of where you would like to be half a decade from now? What kind of job do you have your sights on? Will you start your own business? What does that plan require of you this year? In evaluating your professional goals, using the SMART goal system can help you make the steps you need to take more concrete and achievable. SMART stands for
- Time bound