12.30.15As 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:

  1. What is the most important lesson you learned this past year?
  2. What are doing out of habit the doesn’t serve you well?
  3. What one change in your lifestyle would most improve your health?
  4. Who should you be spending more time with?
  5. What could be improved by using new technology?
  6. When did you not listen to your intuition and regret it?
  7. What do you miss doing that you once enjoyed?
  8. What would you most like to learn?
  9. What do you most need to learn?
  10. What is the most important thing you should stop doing?
  11. What is the most important thing you should start doing?
  12. 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.

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About Mark Sanborn

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change.

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