The clock struck midnight and you vowed, “New Year, New Me”. The same vow you made the year before and the year before that. Making changes isn’t easy. In fact it’s the hardest thing you can do because you need to do a few things to prepare you for the change.
Here’s the thing, it’s a new year but it’s the same old you. That’s not a bad thing. That just means you need to tackle things slightly different!
A self audit is simply assessing yourself critically and sometimes with some brutality that you might not be used to. You NEED to be harsh with yourself and be ready to look at the barefaced truth of things in front of you. Are you someone who always promises to get things done and never pulls through? Are you someone who can’t be trusted with simple tasks?
By the time you are finished, you may or may not hate yourself. You might even want to give up and say, “Well I’m horrible/useless/worthless” etc but that’s where your kindness steps in. You ask yourself, “what are the things I do well?”.
This is the hardest part because you will have an inclination to make yourself feel better by creating defensive qualities. What are defensive qualities? Good qualities about you that counteract the not so good qualities you have outlined. Try and select the qualities that really showcase your strengths.
If you feel that this is harder for you because you can’t be objective, ask a trusted friend to help you with your self audit by sitting in with you. When they give you feedback?
Ask yourself what it is you REALLY want to do!
- Start a business?
- Renovate your home?
- Save money?
Once you have it figured out, go back to the self audit. Based on your weaknesses, what challenges are you going to face completing or even starting this task? How will your strengths come into play to counteract your weaknesses? Or which of your strengths counteract your weaknesses when it comes to getting things done?
IMPLEMENT (STEP BY STEP)!
What does implementation look like to you? List all the things you need to do to get the task completed. If it’s starting the business, have you got a business plan? Do you have a name? Have you registered your business? Each step that you tick off leads you to your overall goal…completing the task!
Do you need help to implement? Maybe you need a friend to do a business plan? Or you know someone that can teach you accounting so you can budget better.
There’s a saying that you should never bite off more than you can chew. At Konza we like to say, assess what you are about to chew and make a plan of attack. When you know where you have to chew and how much you have to chew, the rest is easy!
What are your resolutions for 2017?