So you want to CRUSH 2012? I mean really knock the cover off it?
Great! Me too. You’re in the right place.
Most of us spend this time of year crouched at the starting line in anticipation. Our feet are set. Our heads are bowed in focused preparation. We’re ready for the race.
But before you set your feet in the starting blocks and wait anxiously for the gun to blast there’s something I want you to do that’s going to make all the difference in your performance:
A review of last year.
You see, there’s a chance you’re lined up in the wrong lane, or that you’ve entered the wrong event altogether. You may be wearing the wrong spikes, or set your starting block up wrong.
What if you forget that one technique that always helps you WIN?
I know you run this event every year, but I want you to run it better than you ever have before – and that starts with looking back at last year.
Why Look Back?
I was a competitive swimmer growing up and my coaches drilled into me a really great habit – log books. I kept a log of every practice and every meet. What went well? What didn’t? How did I feel? What could I do better?
At the time the questions don’t seem all that important, but they become powerful when you reviewed later.
- What mistakes am I making over and over?
- When do I perform my best?
- What should I do more of to get better results?
You can’t carry answers to questions like these around in your head. You have to write them down. And you need a process to help draw it out of you.
The Annual Review process that I follow is a simple worksheet. It helps me paint a picture of the highs and lows of the previous year in a way that I can use constructively going into the next year.
Neglecting this easy step means I’m racing blind.
I’ve worked hard this year to learn some important lessons, build some new techniques, and celebrate some big wins. I owe it to myself to fully realize the efforts of last year.
I took the process that I use every year and created a worksheet to share with you. You can complete this in about half an hour (I did mine over lunch today). When you’re finished store it someplace safe so you can review it later.
Complete it this weekend as we head into a new year. Earn the dividends from last years hard work.
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— Deacon Bradley (@deaconbradley) December 30, 2011