The end of the year is coming, and it is a perfect time to look back on the previous year. Many of us have had annual reviews at work, or have gone through a review and goal setting process with your staff. Maybe you received some bad news in your review, or you’ve recognized that things aren’t going as well as you’d hoped in your business or your home life.
You know something needs to change, but what?
Sometimes there are people and situations that you simply need to get away from. An abusive spouse or boss needs to be left, and reported, for example. But for the most part there are significant changes you can make to help situations.
The hardest part is changing your mind.
In order to change the way that you approach things next year, you need to change your mind about what needs to be done. You’ve made mistakes, sure, but for the most part you think that you have been doing what needs to be done. I bet you could list some good reasons for everything you did last year, even the mistakes.
If you things to change however, you will have to change that.
You cannot continue to think you have it all figured out. You will need to put yourself in situations that you are not used to, so that you can break your normal frame of reference. You will need to spend some time with people you don’t normally associate with, so that you can learn what makes them tick and gain a bit of their perspective. You are going to need to read books that you don’t normally read that will stretch your thinking.
Not everyone really wants things to change, and I get that. Sometimes we are pretty comfortable with the way things are and just like to gripe about a few things.
We can all grow and develop into better people though, and I would say we have a responsibility to do so. You have been given numerous talents and abilities, and have been put in a particular time and place in order to use those. You have the potential to make a real change for the better.
But first, you will need to be able to change your mind because those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.