We live in an age where the phrase New year new me has been turned into something satirical. For many of us, our resolutions go in through one year and out through the other, every single year. If you are looking to change this narrative for yourself, then I would highly advise you to stop everything you are doing, download YearCompass and start filling it. Get with the program, literally.
YearCompass is a free booklet that helps you reflect on the year and plan the next one. With a set of carefully selected questions and exercises, YearCompass helps you uncover your own patterns and design the ideal year for yourself.
As someone who has used the booklet for the last five years, it’s always a wonderful feeling reading through your goals and seeing that you actually accomplished most of the things that you set out to. There is a lot of power in reflecting on the past and writing down your goals for the future. If for nothing else, it keeps you in check and helps you to concentrate on what matters most in life. YearCompass is a true manifestation of the importance of visualization and dreaming big to create your ideal self.
Here are 5 tips on how to use YearCompass to change your life:
1. Be honest with yourself
There is no point in wanting to change your life if you are not willing to be honest with yourself. If you are to use YearCompass, then you need to brutally reflect on your current year. What went right and what went wrong? How can you improve as a person to help you accomplish your goals in various aspects of your life? For the booklet to make a difference in your life, you are going to have to judge yourself. If it helps, think of yourself as another person whom you cherish, how would you help that person to be better?
2. Take your time
YearCompass does not take one or two hours to fill, it can take hours on end. Set aside at least three hours to reflect on your past year and another three hours to visualize the coming year. Do not answer the questions in a rush, take your sweet time. Reflect as much as you can. This will help you to be brutally honest with yourself. If you feel overwhelmed, take a break and come back to it once you are more relaxed. I would also advise that you take some time between filling in one year and the next. This will give you time to meditate and reflect on what you want for yourself in the coming year.
3. Dream big
There’s a cliche saying that goes, “Aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land on the stars.” In short, your dreams should scare you. In Rhonda Byrne’s book The Secret, she says that the hows are the domains of the universe. You don’t have to have a concrete plan in order to dream. So, when filling in this booklet, as much as you need to be realistic, you must also allow yourself to dream big.
4. Assess your progress at various points of the year
Life happens, and sometimes it becomes hard to follow through with what we set out to do. For this reason, you have to analyse the year at various points and see how close you come to achieving your goals. Through this, you may be able to change your strategy in order to reach the end goal. You can choose to do this at the end of every quarter, or even, if you please, at the end of every month. But whatever you do, don’t just fill in YearCompass and throw it into the shelves. Let it be a constant reminder of where you aim to be at the end of the year.
5. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Sometimes, because of circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to accomplish our goals. Don’t beat yourself too hard about it, especially if you are doing the best that you can be. When you realise that you are off track in achieving your goals, the important thing is to pick up the pieces and try again. Don’t spend too much time wondering what went wrong, just wake up the next day and strive to do better and to become a better version of yourself.