Personal Practice: Year End Review

What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal
On what you bring to the New Year.”

~Vern McLellan

A “Year End Review” is typically thought of as a business tool. However, I’ve adopted this as a personal practice after being assigned with this task several years ago by life coach, Nancy Carlstrom. It’s become a really enlightening annual practice as I make note of practical achievements, healing shifts, personal growth and health milestones.

In the process, it has also helped me identify areas of my life that I’ve avoided or neglected and guided me in re-focusing and re-prioritizing. For example, the fun bucket grew cobwebs this year and so I’ve recognized it as an area that needs attention.

thinking backBut mostly, what I’ve taken away from this practice is a sense of awe around the areas in my life where I’ve grown and the accomplishments I’ve achieved. It’s so easy to remain focused on what’s missing, what’s not working, and what I didn’t get done on a daily basis. It was a good day if I got a lot done; it was a bad day if I didn’t.

I’ve found a new appreciation for myself by looking in the rearview mirror over an extended period of time. Taking time to widen my view of life, to take in the “big picture” has certainly altered my perspective and shifted my mindset toward more gratitude and happiness.

So, I encourage you to set aside some quiet time, and give some thought to the year you’ve had and your vision for the coming year and write them down. It’s the first step in setting an intention that can propel you toward manifestation of your intentions.

Here are a few ideas to get you started on this process:

  • What are you most proud of this year?
  • What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced this year?
  • Are you where you planned to be at this point last year?
  • Where did you exceed your expectations for yourself?
  • Are there areas where you feel you fell short?
  • When and where were you happiest this year?
  • Did you change habits or behaviors that have been holding you back this year?
  • What new habits can you cultivate next year?
  • What do you want to leave behind in 2015
  • What do you want to take forward into 2016?
  • Do you see patterns regarding people, things, activities, and/or opportunities you want more or less of in your life?
  • What do you need to start and/or stop doing to achieve these things?

Remember, this is just for you. No one else needs to know about it or read it unless you want them to. It is safe to tell the truth here. Even the good stuff. And as the year progresses, take this out periodically and review it. Are you on track with your intentions for 2016 or will you be writing the same things next year end that you write this year end? That’ll be 100% your choice.

In the words of Thomas Edison, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Teplace the word perfection with practice and bit by bit you’ll notice your trajectory moving with upward momentum.

Wishing you gratitude for a year well lived as 2015 draws to a close.

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