In accounting, there is something called “year end closing” to assess profit and loss and retained earnings at the end of the year. Guess what, in life too.
I have never been a big fan of numbers. I took accounting at Uni and it was all a bit of a blur. But when it comes to life, it makes so much more sense. The only way to go forward and grow is to take with you the lessons you’ve learn in the passed to avoid repeating mistakes and re-apply good practices.
Now that the year is coming to an end, it’s a good time to start looking back and assess. It’s not like you have to sit down with a calculator and a spreadsheet. It’s more about being honest with yourself about what you felt was a success this year, what failed and what could have been done or handled differently. Some people write it down on paper, some people draw it, others just make mental notes. The form doesn’t matter as much as the substance in this exercise.
If you close your eyes and think back for two minutes, what pops up?
It doesn’t have to be linear either, going from January 1st to today. It might just be about taking up one particular event or situation at a time, it might just be a general feeling. If you close your eyes and think back for two minutes, what pops up: images, smells, colours, gut feelings … acknowledge that. You don’t need to draw conclusions right there and then. Maybe put it aside for a while. Sleep on it and go back to it in the morning. Maybe you’ll begin to see a pattern. Maybe not. Maybe you’ll smile and be content, maybe you’ll feel frustrated. Don’t engage in those feelings. Just observe. No IRS here. Just you.
The only thing you really have to do is to take those observations with you into the new year and adjust accordingly. Just as if you were dealing with a business, make up for losses and perpetuate good practices. And keep in mind, it takes a little while before a business starts making money, be patient.
By: Mo Oléron