How Did You Do In 2014?

How Did You Do In 2014?

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Did you have a good year? Unlike most companies that usually have a structured way to assess their performance during the past 12 months, individuals tend not to follow such a process for their yearly evaluation. If that also describes you, give me a chance to convince you of the importance of performing such a process, as well as a few tips on how to do it.

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Why is it important to know how you did in 2014? If you value the impact you can make on your life and the lives of those around you, you owe it to yourself to determine if you are moving in the right direction. Year-end holidays are an excellent opportunity to analyze your performance and to then set improvement goals for the following year. In this newsletter, I will suggest tips to perform your analysis. Setting improvement goals will be covered in the next newsletter.

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I suggest you ask yourself the following three sets of questions:

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    Do you feel 100 percent accountable for the decisions you made (and did not make) during 2014? Don’t feel bad if your top-of-mind answer is not 100 percent, as long as you commit to understanding why. Are your work responsibilities defining what your overall life priorities should be? Is someone else defining what is important in your life? And if you take inventory of the values and principles that drove your decisions during 2014, are you pleased with the choices you made?

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    Have you defined in writing what success looks like in your life? What were your top priorities in both your professional and personal roles? Did you define these priorities at the beginning of the year? Or is it all driven by the professional goals that your company defined for you?

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    What type of life did you end up living during 2014? Was it what matters to you the most? Or did you spend most of your time solving urgent matters versus important ones? Did you create any good life habits or turn around any bad ones? Did you track your life progress regularly, or is this the first time you are doing so in 2014?

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The outcome of these simple but powerful questions should be to place you in the right frame of mind to plan for a much better 2015. In the next newsletter, I will share suggestions for planning a great 2015. Stay tuned!

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I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015. If you desire to give my book, The Business Apostolate: Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life, as a present to relatives, friends, co-workers, or customers, you can take advantage of the 2014-15 holiday season 25 percent discount, available to newsletter readers. Just click here and enter code 8SCBLYTF.

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I want to close this newsletter with a quote from Winston Churchill: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.

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Percy M. Cannon

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Author, Business Consultant and Professional Coach

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www.cannonbalance.com

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