I just did my year-end appraisal for 2015 last month. Exactly, a year ago, at the start of 2015, my boss wanted us to write our business and personal goals for the year on a piece of paper and sealing it in an envelope (before passing it to him for safe keeping). He did not want to know the content of what was written. The envelope was handed back to us a year later during our appraisal. I could not remember much the content in the letter. At that point of time, it was more of a self-reflection, Anyway, my boss still does not know the content of what was written. I always thought he had secretly opened the letter.
Reading what was written a year ago was a strange feeling. So much had happened in 2015. Some of it was what was expected, other things came as a surprise. Reading my business/career goals I have set myself in 2015 and looking back at how far I came trying to accomplish those goals had a tremendous effect. I exceeded some goals. I felt short in other areas. The letter seems to have a self-fulfilling prophecy effect that directly or indirectly causes my goals to become true.
A self -written letter
This year, I have decided to adopt what my boss did. I wrote my goals and sealed the envelope. I can't wait to open the sealed enveloped on New Year's Eve. I really hope I will have exceeded the goals I have set for myself. The goals include the amount of saving, target for investing (Invested Capital), and some really personal goals I would want to achieve this year.
Feeling excited for 2016!