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25 December 2008

What Did I Learn in 2008 & How Will I Use it in 2009?

This past year has been a remarkable one for me. I've met so many amazing, interesting and supportive people that it is hard to count them all. Many new friendships were forged and new ideas generated. And I'm really grateful to everyone for their support and encouragement.

During 2008 I had the opportunity to attend some training called The Performance Edge. This course reminded me of the power of effective goal setting and planning. In the latter part of 2008 I found that this really helped me to achieve more than I'd imagined possible.

For 2009 the plan is to:

(a) continue to build relationships and to enjoy the great people that I know;
(b) apply goal setting and planning to achieve more interesting things;
(c) expand my horizons in ways I've have not even thought of yet.

I have long believed that wishes, while a fine thing, are not worth much unless they are backed up with positive action. My Christmas wish this year is to live a simpler and more positive existence. Thus it is time to ask: What steps are required to achieve this goal?

(1) An audit of my possessions
Do I really need all the stuff I've got? Is there any stuff I really need that I haven't got? What is my action plan?

(2) A healthy lifestyle audit
Are there any lifestyle habits I need to stop or new ones to start? What is my action plan?

(3) A mental habits audit
Are there ways of thinking that I need to change so as to be more positive? What mental habits are holding me back? What mental habits are helping me? What is my action plan?

I'm still working out the plans for these 3 areas, but the plans will evolve and it will be interesting to review them in December 2009.

Best wishes to all for the festive season.

By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire

1 comment:

Neerav said...

Kate like you I've been reflecting on the year thats passed and how many smart, funny and intelligent people I've met including yourself (largely due to Twitter) ... but more on that in my own end of '08 blog post

on the subject of reducing the amount of stuff you own, try and find a copy of Wendy Harmer's TV series "Stuff" from earlier this year, it may give you some ideas