Do you have a system for how you keep track of your victories?
As we wrap up the year, this is one of the best times to reflect upon all the accomplishments from the entire year. While there are many different systems and ways in which you can keep track of the major events and victories in your life, today I’m going to share with you one in particular. Whether you choose to incorporate this particular system into your life or not, I would highly recommend that you journal or keep track of the major victories in your life in some way or form that works best for YOU.
They say that a life worth living is a life worth recording. With that being the case, doesn’t it make sense to keep track and remember your life so that you can look back upon it and reflect on all your achievements? Better yet, wouldn’t it be great to be able to look back on your life/achievements and share it with your children or other members of your family?
So with that said, let’s jump into 1 particular way that is easy, fun, and time effective when it comes to tracking your victories:
1. Find a Place to Track Your Victories
On a sheet of paper, number from 1 through 52 going down the page. Since there are 52 weeks in the year, this particular system accounts for every single week.
2. Reflect and Identify Your Major Victory
Every Monday, take a moment to reflect on the previous week. What were the major highlights? What were your major victories? What were you most proud of? For some of you, this process may be difficult while for others, you may have an endless list of things that pop into your head. Regardless of which category you fall into, it is important to REFLECT and determine what your major victory was for the previous week. Remember, you can only choose 1, so choose the one that stands out most in your mind.
3. Record Your Victory
Once you’ve identified your major victory for the week, you will go ahead and write it down next to the respective week. So for example, since we are wrapping up the year, the 1st week in 2014 will be for the period from 12/30/2013 – 1/5/2014. So on Monday, 1/6/2014, you will take time to reflect on the previous week (12/30/2013 – 1/5/2014). Once you’ve identified your major victory, you will write it next to #1 on your list.
The following Monday (1/13/2014), you will take time to reflect on the previous period from 1/6/2014 – 1/12/2014. Once you’ve identified your major victory, you will write it down next to #2 on your list.
At this point, it’s just a matter of rinse and repeat in terms of taking a few minutes every Monday to reflect and jot down your major win.
4. Take Time to Reflect and Review Your Victories
If you’ve maintained this process for the entire 52 weeks, then at the conclusion of the year, you’ll have all 52 slots filled out completely. At this point, what do you do? Well, the answer is simple. At this point, you go through your entire list of 52 victories and reflect on how far you’ve come. All too often our minds trick or deceive us into believing that we aren’t making any progress in our businesses or in our lives. This process absolutely blows through that nonsense as you’ll have a list of 52 major victories that say otherwise.
5. Start Your Playoffs
Playoffs? What is this? A competition?
Yeah, pretty much! If you’ve ever watched sports, then you know full well that the conclusion of the season is where the majority of the excitement is. Whether it’s the NBA Playoffs, NFL Playoffs, College Football Bowl Games, NCAA College Basketball March Madness, or anything else, there is always a competition at the end to select a winner.
In this particular case, you’ll be holding your very own version of the playoffs for your 52 victories. Here’s the format:
Round 1 (Opening Round) – From your list of 52 victories, select the top 5. Reflect, review, and choose the top 5 because ONLY 5 can advance to the next round. Believe me, this is harder than it looks!
Round 2 (Semi-Finals) – Congratulations! You have now narrowed it down to the top 5. Now for this round, narrow it down to the top 2!
Round 3 (Championship Game) – This is what you’ve been waiting for all year. This is the Championship Game that will determine what your TOP victory is for the ENTIRE year. While selecting a winner may be one of the toughest things to do, it is also one of the most rewarding. Take a moment and select your #1 victory for 2014!
And there we have it! This is the system that I’ve been following for the past few years now. It’s made a dramatic difference in my life because it’s provided me with the opportunity to keep track of all the amazing things that occur and continue to occur in my life. This is my gift to each one of you, and whether you choose to follow this particular system or some other form of journaling / tracking, I encourage you to ALWAYS keep track of the major events in your life.
Remember, a life worth living is a life worth recording. Make your life great!