Self Appraisal – A Year Gone By..

Self reflection

I started the year 2014 by announcing publicly my goals for 2014. You can find them here.

I now wanted to reflect on the year gone by and do a self-appraisal on my progress from where I started and intended to reach.

I had decided that the single word for the year would be “Transformation” – in 5 different realms.

Physical Transformation:

I am glad that I have been able to  lose 7Kgs and a few inches around my waist. What worked in my favor was getting a fitbit device.

The device provided the constant feedback on how I was doing vis-a-vis my goal (10k steps a day) and that spurred me towards achieving my goal.

I am yet to become fit enough to run a half marathon or even a 5KM run, but I think I am on my way.

Intellectual Transformation:

I think I did good on this front as well. I wanted to discover new authors, new people, new thinking process and new ways to think.

I discovered some great people, some of whom were part of my podcast and some of whom are on my wish list to host on my podcast.

You can find a complete list of this set of interesting people here.

I found these cool people through reading some interesting books, listening to some cool podcasts and by following some very interesting blogs.

I can definitely say that my outlook to life has expanded because of these people and I have definitely grown intellectually.

Emotional Transformation:

This is probably one area where I did not make as much progress as I would have liked to. I did spend a little bit more time with my family than the last year but not nearly as much as I originally wanted to when I started this year.

One feedback that i got from my wife and son is that even when I was at home with them, I was usually glued to my iPhone, usually accessing Facebook, twitter, email or some other social sites.

So, I have done away with all these apps from my iPhone and iPad. Now, I don’t have anything that I can do on my iPhone except for email, call and text, which I’ve already found ways to keep at a minimum. Hopefully 2015 would be a better year for me on this front.

Financial Transformation:

I made a couple of big investments this year and created a financial plan, including risk mitigation.

I’ve not yet been able to create any passive source of income yet. However, there are a lot of ideas that i am currently exploring that would enable me to achieve the goal of financial freedom some time soon.

Looking forward to implementing them soon.

Spiritual Transformation:

This is probably the one realm of my life where I had the most growth in.

I have read some very insightful spiritual texts like the Tao Te Ching, listen to a podcast about a discourse on Bhagvad Gita by Neil Bhat and started reading the complete works of Swami Vivekananda.

I can say with a lot of certainty that every person on earth is on this journey to discover their spiritual side and I am glad that i am finding it so soon in my life. It is not only liberating for me but also gives a lot of strength to me as an individual to do what is the right thing to do.

Overall Rating for my performance against my goals:

Having said all of this, I think I would give myself an ‘A‘ on the performance for the year 2014.

How was 2014 for you? Have you already reflected on this? If you have not yet done so, I strongly recommend doing this exercise.


2 Replies to “Self Appraisal – A Year Gone By..”

  1. Hi Mukesh, I would give you an A too! The thing I’m wondering is where you get all the time from? It seems you read tons of books, watch tons of podcasts, write blogposts and do your own podcast and still find time for your day job at SAP and your family! What does a day in the life of Mukesh Gupta look like? I’m keen to learn, as I would like to be as productive as you in 2015!

    1. Hi Maarten
      Thanks for your feedback mate. I listen to a lot of the books and podcasts on my way to and from office (on the drive). It does help that it takes anywhere between 60 to 90 mins one way. Also, my podcast is my development activity as i learn from the masters themselves, post office hours. My blog post ideas are conceived while flying and fleshed out burning the midnight oil most of the times.. Intend to write my 2nd book while on air this year. Hopefully, i am able to complete it before ending the year.

      How have you been? Wishing you a very happy, prosperous & a peaceful new year!!

      Btw, you should try audible as well – for a free audio book of your choice!

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