Your Yearly Review

 Most of us are used to rushing forward in January with our goals and resolutions for the New Year.  Before you do that, it is important to take time to review the year that is coming to a close.  Here are some questions to help you complete your review and some things consider while you do.

  • What have you achieved this past year (both large and small)?
  • What choices, behaviors and mindset worked well for you this year?
  • What are are you most proud of?
  • What were your most joyous moments?
  • What challenges did you overcome this year?

When we stop to think about how much we have achieved and experienced, it can propel us farther than only focusing on what is left on our to-do list.  How can that help?  When knowing what “works” for you, you can apply it to your future goals.  Here are some questions to ponder:

  • Why were you able to achieve these things?
  • Why did some things go well?  What were the conditions that made happen?  What did you do?  What did you not do?
  • Why were you especially proud?
  • Why were these moments so joyous?  Was it who you were with, what you were doing, who/how you were being?
  • What enabled you to move through your challenges?

More on challenges…  We experiences or moments we would rather forget.  Before you move on, there are lessons to be had.

  • What didn’t go so well?
  • What did you learn from what didn’t go so well?
  • What will you change about that for the future?

See if you can make this type of review a regular yearly event.  Even better, see if you can make a twice a year event.  Seeing in print a years worth of accomplishments is very rewarding and uplifting.  Two more things to consider before moving on to your new goals:

  • How have you celebrated your wins?
  • What experiences do you need to “let go” of before you move on?

A yearly review like this can serve as a springboard for your new year’s goals, helping you choose them and create a strategy to achieve them.


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