This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Perform Better Conference in Orlando.
This is always a fantastic time of learning and seeing many industry friends I've met over the years.
I wanted to share with you one of the questions a presenter asked at the end of his session. This presenter, John Berardi, also happened to be the owner of Precision Nutrition (the nutrition program I use as my coaching platform).
At the end of his session, he called it his, "final thought exercise." He said many times he runs into the same people year after year. They come and speak to him during the conference or after he's done talking.
So he challenged each of us. He said, "If I see you and speak to you a year from today, and I ask you what have you been able to accomplish this past year, would you be proud to tell me that answer?"
This struck a chord with me because in two days is my birthday. Over the last five years, I've taken time to reflect on what I've accomplished in the past year. I ask myself a similar question. Am I happy with what I achieved in the past year? Did I grow as a husband and father? Did I grow spiritually? Did I improve my physical health? Did I become a better friend, mentor, and pupil? Did I develop the skills and knowledge of my craft? Did my business improve? Did I improve financially?
The answers to these questions could make me proud or even disappointed in myself. But I as long as I've clarified those values and keep asking these questions, I may not improve on every category, but I do find myself making significant improvements in some, and small ones in others.
The final thought question is a great way to measure just how well you are improving in all areas of your life. Pick a date; It could be your birthday. I could even be as cliche as December 31st. Have someone close to you ask you, "What did you accomplish in the past year?"
And just for now. I'll ask you the same thing. "What have you been able to accomplish in the past year? Are you proud of it? Or do you still have some commitments to be made and some work to do?"