End Of Year Evaluation
As the year comes to a close, it’s important to take the time to reflect on our lives and evaluate whether we are living in alignment with our values and goals. That is why today, I will guide you through an end-of-year evaluation to ensure that we are on the path to living a life we love.
It is important to remember your significance of intentional living and the need to pause to assess if our actions are leading us towards our desired future.
I will introduce the concept of the “one degree principle,” which emphasizes the power of small actions and habits in shaping our lives. It means that our brain is wired to form habits, and more than 90% of our day is spent on automatic pilot. While this can be beneficial, it can also lead us astray if we don’t regularly evaluate our actions and make necessary adjustments.
This episode also talks about the importance of grit and optimism in achieving our goals. You will be able to define grit as the ability to demonstrate passion and perseverance towards a goal, even in the face of obstacles and distractions. There is a need to believe in our future before we see evidence of it and to focus on the gain rather than the gap.
The One Degree Principle
What is this concept? This is the power of small actions and habits in shaping our lives. Our brain is wired to form habits, and more than 90% of our day is spent on automatic pilot. We have to egularly evaluate our actions and make adjustments to ensure we are on the right path.
“Our small daily decisions matter. They matter deeply. We’re either growing or shrinking.”
Success and Goal Achievement
The number one indicator of success is grit. Continuing to take action despite external circumstances. Continuing to take action even when the results are not yet forthcoming.
Definition of Grit
I love this definition of grit. It says, grit is when you demonstrate passion and perseverance toward a goal despite being confronted by significant obstacles and distractions. Those who possess grit are able to self-regulate and postpone their need for positive reinforcement while working diligently on a task.
I’m going to run through nine reflection questions for you. See it below. If you’re a student in the LYLS, send me your answers.
End Of Year Evaluation Questions:
- What are three things that went well this past year?
- How did you change or grow as a human this past year?
- What do you wish had been different?
- How is your romantic life? Your relationship with your spouse, your partner or your own sexual intimacy?
- How is your relationship with your children? With your parents? How about with your close friends? How do you feel after spending time with them?
- Think of your relationship with money: how do you treat your money? How do you speak of your money? What would you like to be different about your financial circumstances? What feelings do you have when you think of your finances?
- Think of your relationship with time: Do your schedule your day? How often do you do what you say you’re going to do? How often do you let your brain talk you out of taking the action your future self will thank you for?
- How is your relationship with your health and wellness? How do you want to feel physically? How do you treat your body?
- What about your emotional health? How often do you check in to see how you’re feeling? How did you feel most days this year? How do you want to feel most days?
When will you take time to answer them in the next 48 hours?
We are either growing or shrinking. If you look back at this past year and can’t think of ways that you’re different or have grown, please join the love your life school. Our human brain likes complacency. The only problem is that complacency leads to regret at the end of our lives. It leads to us feeling like we lived a life someone else wanted for us or it leads to us feeling acutely disappointed in us and our inability to follow through with our dreams. Thats’ normal. I’m here to tell you that’s normal.
That’s what our brain does to protect you. That’s why you need a coach or an expert to help you do the things you want to do.
Conclusion and Future Outlook
As the year comes to a close, it is essential to take the time to reflect on our lives and evaluate whether we are living in alignment with our values and goals. The topics explored in this episode provide a roadmap for living a life we love. By embracing intentional living, regularly evaluating our actions, and cultivating grit and optimism, we can create significant positive change in our lives.
The future outlook is promising for those who are committed to living a life they love. By incorporating these principles into our daily lives, we can continue to grow, evolve, and achieve our goals. The journey may not always be easy, but with the right mindset and a commitment to self-reflection, we can navigate challenges and create a life that brings us joy and fulfillment.
And before I go, don’t forget about your word of the year! I’ve done several episodes on the importance of choosing a word of the year, it’s literally the backbone of intentional living, what do you want this year to be like? You can get your own word of the year worksheet at smbwell.com/word and when you’ve chosen your word, please go to my Instagram and share your word of the year.
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