As the old saying goes, the only distance between a rut and a grave is distance and depth.
So what is your strategy for “rut avoidance”?
I’ve not met anyone who admitted they wanted to live their life in a rut (although some, it appears, have accomplished that feat).
The end of a year is a great time to rethink what you’ve been doing and create a renewed enthusiasm for your life and your work. Now is the time to find out if you’ve slipped into a rut and get out of it, or make sure that you won’t end up in a rut in the future.
I’ve just gone through my year end retrospection. I used a variety of stimulating questions to review the past year, extract some lessons and get clear on what I want to accomplish in the year ahead.
To help you in your retrospection and rut avoidance, contemplate the following question:
- What is the most important lesson you learned this past year?
- What are doing out of habit the doesn’t serve you well?
- What one change in your lifestyle would most improve your health?
- Who should you be spending more time with?
- What could be improved by using new technology?
- When did you not listen to your intuition and regret it?
- What do you miss doing that you once enjoyed?
- What would you most like to learn?
- What do you most need to learn?
- What is the most important thing you should stop doing?
- What is the most important thing you should start doing?
- What are the three things you’d most like to accomplish in the year ahead?
Don’t end up in an unwanted rut. Make time to reflect, learn and reinvent yourself.