Start the year with reflection of what happened

Don't have goals; instead count your wins and misses of the previous year.

It is a ritual for most of us to go with New Year resolutions.

  • Lose weight
  • Learn Spanish
  • Stop smoking
  • Get out of debt
  • Spend time with family

All of them are worthwhile ambitions and goals. But by the end of January, we have fallen so far behind these goals, it is not even funny to repeat them year after year.

After repeating this comedy for years, I stopped making new year resolutions.

Instead, I conduct personal annual reviews of the past year. That one action has brought me enormous self-accountability. I have done that for well over a decade.

You don’t have to overthink it. Take the roles you play:

  • father
  • mother
  • son
  • CTO
  • board member

Or alternatively, pick up the areas you are interested in:

  • finance
  • health
  • learning
  • and so on

I conduct my retros on WINS - wealth, insights, networking, and self-control.

For each of these areas, write down your wins (what went well) and misses (what didn’t go well) in the last year.

It might look like this

| Areas | Wins | Misses |

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