It’s Time For A 360!

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It’s hard to believe that spring is almost here! I’m not sure why, but there’s something special about the spring. People tend to get stressed as the weather changes and can get worried about their plans for the rest of the year.

In the midst of a season change, it’s easy to forget that time is flying and lose sight of all the plans you’ve made for this year. The problem with thinking like this is that we can easily fall into old unproductive behavior patterns and short-term ways of thinking. If you’re just living each day without truly living the life you want to live, then you can quickly lose sight of your goals.

We all need feedback (from ourselves and others) and the reality of it is that if you don’t proactively create feedback loops, you’re unlikely to get the type of information you need to take control of your life and work towards the life you want. Sometimes this is referred to as 360-degree feedback because you place yourself in the center & seek information about yourself and advice from those around you. That includes people who are above you (your elders) and below you (people who are younger with a fresher perspective) in your inner circle. In other words, the spring is a good time to ask yourself:

  • Am I on track?
  • What’s holding me back?
  • How can I make a positive change before more time gets away from me?

Once you have identified what’s holding you back in life, think of the most direct way to address these issues. You don’t have to solve everything at once, but pick the greatest problem area, and create a solution. For example, if one of your goals is to read more but you haven’t picked up a book yet this year, it might be because you haven’t set aside a specific time each day just for reading. Well, that’s easy to fix! Just block out at least 30 minutes every day for reading and get to readin’. Maybe you’ve discovered that you’re way behind on your goals to lose weight this year. Figure out if the problem is that you’ve set an unrealistic goal for a diet (like trying to lose 30 pounds in 1 month). If your goals are the problems, then revise them. I hope that in the weeks coming, it brings you the strength to keep moving towards your goals during this busy time of the year, and the creativity to create brilliant solutions that work for you!

To answer these questions, start by taking a look at your goals. That’s right, go ahead and pull out that scrap of paper, Post It note, napkin, memo pad, or whatever it was that you wrote them on. The purpose of documenting your goals is so that you can track your progress. Once you have your goals in front of you, honestly assess your accomplishments. If you are ahead of schedule or right on track: that’s great! If you are behind schedule, that’s fine. If you haven’t made any progress whatsoever, that’s okay too. This is simply an opportunity to honestly assess your own progress without any judgment or shame.

Once you have identified what’s holding you back in life, think of the most direct way to address these issues. You don’t have to solve everything at once, but pick the greatest problem area, and create a solution. For example, if one of your goals is to read more but you haven’t picked up a book yet this year, it might be because you haven’t set aside a specific time each day just for reading. Well, that’s easy to fix! Just block out at least 30 minutes every day for reading and get to readin’. Maybe you’ve discovered that you’re way behind on your goals to lose weight this year. Figure out if the problem is that you’ve set an unrealistic goal for a diet (like trying to lose 30 pounds in 1 month). If your goals are the problems, then revise them.

I hope that in the weeks coming, it brings you the strength to keep moving towards your goals during this busy time of the year, and the creativity to create brilliant solutions that work for you!

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