What Are You PROUD of This Year?

It’s that time of year when I challenge my individual clients to take a look at their year, and see how they did compared to what they set out to achieve. What I use for this is what I call the PROUD Report.  It’s essentially the annual version of the journal I use throughout the year.

What inspired me?

I had to decide whether to make an investment in my business (and myself), when Heather Small’s song “Proud” song played on the radio. The words really helped me to make my mind up and commit to myself and my future.

It was the words at the beginning that particularly caught my attention, and prompted me into action:

“I look into the window of my mind

Reflections of the fears I know I’ve left behind

I step out of the ordinary

I can feel my soul ascending

I am on my way

Can’t stop me now

And you can do the same

What have you done today to make you feel proud?

It’s never too late to try

What have you done today to make you feel proud?

You could be so many people

If you make that break for freedom

What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Journaling progress

The question – “What have you done today to make you feel proud?” – has been part of how I live my life.  I created a daily journal practice from the the word “PROUD”, that I do at the end of each day. To start with it was just something I did myself, but over time I started to get the people I work with to use it too.

Here’s what the letter stand for:

Performed – what went according to plan today, what did you do well?

Review/Remedy – are there things that could have gone better, and what could you have done differently?

Obstacles Overcome – if you don’t have any challenges to overcome each day, perhaps you’re not testing yourself enough?

Understandings – what are the new understandings you gained, did you learn something new?

Do Next – what action will you take tomorrow and beyond?

Yearly review

A few years back I adapted the PROUD report to make it useful as a review of the year just past. In the annual review version, the “O” changes from “Obstacles” to “Objectives”, checking progress against the targets for the year.  I subsequently introduced another big change, and the “D” column for “Do in 2018” was split into another slightly different “PROUD” acronym, which makes the report even more powerful.

This forward-looking one stands for:

Prepare – what things do you need to get ready for next year, and also for even further ahead?

Realise – what concrete steps are you going to take that will bring your plans and your dreams into existence?

Overcome – there may be tangible obstacles like missing resources or skills, but we also consider internal mindset blocks that need shifting.

Understanding – this is still about learning, but now it’s what will you need to learn to Realise & Overcome, rather than what you did learn.

DARE! – I believe we all need one big objective that scares you a bit, that if you got it would make next year the best ever.

Go on, be Daring!

In case you hadn’t yet realised, I love my acronyms and mnemonics –  DARE stands for what your scary stretch target needs to have:

Daunting – it has to scare you a little, so your juices really get flowing.

Audacious – when you share it with people around you, it has them saying “Wow!” and being ready to support you.

Ridiculous – if you already know how to make it happen, then it’s not really a dare – it has to be a little bit silly to even think you can do it.

Expression of your utmost being – a true DARE is an opportunity (or challenge) to show up in the world as your very best self.

Share your DARE!

Keeping you DARE to yourself is cheating.  Share it with people, especially with those close to you, and you’ll make it far more likely that you’ll actually achieve it. You could even join the Joyful Genius Global Community on Facebook and share your DARE there. You find someone in there is inspired to help you with it!

You can get a copy of the PROUD annual review from the resources page on my website at www.Joyful-Genius.com – no sign-up required, as with all the resources on that page.

Photo by Steinar Engeland on Unsplash

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About The Author

Andrew Horder

Founder of Joyful Genius Coaching, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The A to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon

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