I love a new calendar. It documents connections – people to see. It presents opportunities – things to do and learn. It portrays full days and down days. But before I go crazy on my 2014 catalogue of life I spent some time today reviewing 2013.
Have you ever heard of the feedback or performance review exercise of Start, Stop and Stay the Course? It is a very effective way to give someone (including yourself) your opinion on how they are doing, and it’s as simple as it sounds. Stop doing X, Start doing Y and Keep doing Z. It’s a great question to ask: what do you want me to stop doing, start doing and keep doing? Ask your boss, your spouse, your partner. You’ll get some really interesting input if folks play along.
But before I step into 2014 with Starts and Stops, I want to think a bit about 2013 – from my own perspective. What has changed for me in the past year? I had fun filling in the blanks below. And in this process, I found the things I want to “start doing” . Here’s some of my 2013 “doings”.
I learned….about the craft of writing.
I organized… gatherings – girlfriends, college friends, new friends, best friends, and lots and lots of family.
I experienced… my spiritual side stirring from a firm hard shaking of my belief tree.
I connected…the dots – I was alert to connections between seemingly separate things. Things that tied together and offered meaning to me – connections with ideas, with writings, with old friends. Things that made me go HMMMMMMM.
I gave… oooohhh this one is difficult to admit. I want to say I gave, and I did – but I gave what was easy to give. So here’s a “start” in2014 for me – I want to give something more meaningful than cash, to an organization that I really believe in. I’ll need to take some time to figure that out but I hope when I read this a year from now – I am fully engaged in a regular giving project.
I experienced the power of ….social media, of relationships, of Facebook. I am fully aware that social media is only the medium of connecting – but without it I would not have reacquainted myself with lots of “old” friends, I would not have gained new connections and my business- which has grown almost entirely from Facebook connections – would not be where it is today.
So as you are reading this – take a minute – perhaps print the following list, or write it down (if you are a paper and pen person like me) – carry it with you as you start your crazy first real week of 2014 and spend a few minutes each day thinking about last year – and by next weekend – when we all feel like we are well in to the new year – you can start thinking about what you want to Start Doing, Stop Doing and Keep Doing in 2014.
I’d love to hear from you!
As I look back on 2013
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