As the year came to a close I noticed an interesting phenomenon. Everyone on social media was posting memes, videos, posts etc., about how awful, depressing and difficult 2016 has been. I am someone reluctant to take this at face value. What I mean is, was 2016 really a worse year than any other year my friends have ever experienced as a group? Or is this a yearly recurrence, where everyone needs to look to a brighter future?
My immediate, untested hypothesis would be the latter. Every year has it’s ups and downs but at the end of it we all need to tell ourselves that the next one will be better. True, 2016 was filled with awful political decisions that I don’t particularly want to venture into, but on a personal level I think I had some successes.
I’ll start by creating a list of positives and negatives.
- I became engaged to a person whom I love and believe that we’ll have a very bright future together.
- I got through an entire year of full-time work. Yay!
- I grew my conflict resolution and business professional skills.
- I got back into climbing regularly.
- I brought my parents out to B.C. to meet my fiancee’s family.
- I started interning at a Vancouver wedding DJ services company.
- Opened up an RRSP account.
- Didn’t feel fulfilled or engaged at my full-time position.
- Failed to actively start looking for a new full-time position.
- Procrastinated lots because I felt like I needed to blow off steam from a boring day at work.
- Didn’t save much money.
What do I need to do to start working on the negatives I listed? First, I need to set clear goals for 2017 and what I would like to achieve for this year. Second, I have to tie those goals to clear tasks and set-up a calendar with due dates for those tasks. In this way, I’ll clearly know what I want to get done and when I need to get it done by.
For example, my full-year goal is to get a new job where I’ll feel more engaged. In order to get this new job, I need to work on attaining more skills so my first couple of tasks will be to complete a couple of professional development courses. After that I’ll move onto my next task, which will be to look for open positions through postings and my personal network. And so on…
I won’t say that I hope 2017 is a year of success because I will make 2017 be a year of success for me. If I’ve learned anything from this past year is that if you don’t ask, you won’t receive. So I will demand, of myself and of others, in a strategic and thoughtful way, to produce results.