How to Assess Your 2016 and Set Realistic Goals for 2017


The year is drawing to a close and it’s again that time of the year to conduct your personal end year assessment. It is an effective way to measure your progress and visualize the strides you have made across the year towards attaining your set targets. This will enable you to have a clear view of what you have achieved in 2016 making it easy to set realistic goals for 2017.

Going through life without any self-assessment whatsoever can only breed monotony. The main idea is not to create a rigid schedule but rather to devise a road-map for the year ahead. As such, it’s imperative to have an overall outline of the things that matter most to you as well as the things that you hope to achieve in the next year.

There are many good reasons why you should conduct a year-end review.

  • It enables you to analyse what you did in the course of the year.
  • It helps you draw lessons from the year and leverage what you learned.
  • It assists you regain focus and start the next year on a high note.

Conducting an end year analysis and review

Looking back is an important step for moving forward and if you want to be happier and avoid regrets in the future, then you have to take inventory of the past. Reflect on the goals you set at the beginning of the year. This will enable you to have a clear image on;

Analysis and Review of Your Work

I. The things that went well in 2016

Did you accomplish anything that you are really proud of? If yes, list them down and analyse each.

II. Those things that didn’t go well

What mistakes did you make and what can you learn from them. Do you have any habit that you find unproductive, habits that you want to let go? Take the time to write each down and dissect them one by one.

There are a lot of things that can be considered to be achievements. It could be that you started a business or completed your Master’s Degree. Basically, anything that you were looking forward to at the beginning of the year and you have been able to see it through.

On the other hand, when looking at the things that didn’t go well, you ought to be a little bit more objective. It’s our nature as humans to be lenient to ourselves. But unless you recognize all your failings, you will never be able to move forward. All the same, be astute as sometimes circumstances can change and objectives become irrelevant.

Next year goal setting

It’s only after you have comprehensively assessed and reviewed your year that you can move ahead and start making your New Year resolutions. By default, the beginning of a new year comes with lots of goodies and among them is a positive attitude and whole new perspective. This can be about anything in your life, from your business, family, health, education, and finances to your spiritual well-being.

Making New Year resolutions in itself is not challenging.  The difficult part is sticking with the resolutions. Statics show that over 90 percent of the people who make New Year resolutions end up breaking them. If you are among the 1o%, big ups to you and keep pushing. Aim to go beyond just making some New Year resolutions and work towards achieving long lasting changes in your life.

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Nowadays, most people no longer bother to make New Year resolutions. This is usually as a result of the frustration born out of repeatedly making resolutions and breaking them year after year. To go around that, here are some effective tips.

1. Keep your goals simple

Do not try to change everything all but concentrate on two or three goals otherwise it won’t work. Look at the list of the things you want to achieve and prioritize the most important goals.

2. Make sure your goals are realistic

As much you want to set goals that excite and motivate, make sure that they are within your reach. Remember small, manageable steps toward your goals are much more sustainable than making huge, drastic changes right away.

3. Cultivate a positive attitude

Your attitude plays a big role in who you are as a person. Adopt a positive attitude going into the next year and start to visualize yourself in a whole new light. If you instil doubts in yourself about achieving your New Year resolutions, trust me, you will give in. But if you believe that you can achieve all the goals that you have set, then consider yourself a step closer to achieving those goals.

4. Be patient

Recognize you may not achieve your ultimate goal right away. As phrase goes, good things come to those who wait.

How to get geared up mentally

Now every time you feel like the motivation to achieve your goals is dwindling, take some time and reflect on why you decided to set the goals in the first place. Ask yourself, “What will achieving this goal do for me? How will it change my life?” This will help you gain a deeper insight and that way you won’t lose focus as the days go by. You will be reminded of how the resolution made you feel – your original vision – and the exact reason why you started.

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As the year gets older, sticking to your resolutions can become a little tougher. You will be tempted to give up more than once but if you keep pushing to achieve your dreams, in the end, your efforts will be vindicated. You will have transformed your life and brought happiness to your life. Don’t settle for anything less than what you set out to achieve.

Just as Booker T. Washington once said, success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. It all comes down to determination and discipline. If it were easy everybody would achieve greatness.


It is important have a strategy that will give you the way forward as far as achieving your goals is concerned. Never estimate the power of an effective plan. It serves as a roadmap to guide you towards your set goals both in your personal life and in your business. A great plan should be clear and easy to follow and one that you can continually tweak and improve as you go along.

Once you embrace the challenge and start saying yes to your potential, then you can make your year a success.