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Every year, around this time, you might start to feel a little panicky. Everyone’s got an opinion on New Year’s resolutions and goals. Are they helpful? Will you stick to it? Should you even bother?
Personally, I love a good New Year goal. There’s nothing like a fresh, clean slate to give you that extra boost of energy to accomplish your biggest dreams.
While a lot of people want to speed ahead to focus on a fresh New Year goal, don’t underestimate the power of learning from the past. There’s a lot of unleveraged wisdom to be mined from the past twelve months, if you know how to find it.
Hiding in plain sight are often uncelebrated and important accomplishments. Hard-won lessons you’d be wise not to repeat. And, some chronic emotional baggage that’s ready to be let go.
Before you decide on your goals for the New Year, do this simple year in review.
As Margaret Wheatley said, “Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.”
I couldn’t agree more. So before you decide on your New Year goals, take the time to reflect on what you’ve learned these past 12 months.
While many year in review rituals seem quite laborious and complex, this one cuts right to the chase. In just 3 questions you’ll not only get immediate clarity on what to focus on in the new year, but see how what you’ve accomplished this year is nothing short of incredible.
All you need is your calendar and about 10 minutes. These prompts always help me clear my mental and emotional decks and set myself up for a strong start in the new year.
Want to set a New Year’s goal that sticks? Answer these 3 simple questions.
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Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below, let me know, in 2018…
- What’s one thing you did that you’re proud of?
- What’s one mistake you made and the lesson you learned?
- What’s one limiting story you’re ready to let go of before the New Year?
Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your comment may help someone else open up to a brand new perspective.
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Thank you so very much for sharing your ideas, dreams, and goals with us.
The comment section is a truly awesome and sacred place, due in very large part to your kindness, compassion and courage.
In fact, I encourage you to take 5 minutes and read through some of the stories below. Seeing the accomplishments, reflections and New Year goals of your fellow humans is a profound learning opportunity that will help unleash your imagination — and make your own “year in review” way more fun.
Whatever your mistakes this year, whatever your struggles, please know that it’s never too late to make a change. You are stronger and more capable than you know.
P.S. Do it with a friend! This year in review process is important to do for yourself, but it’s a great ritual to share with friends and family. The insights you’ll uncover will make for deep, more meaningful conversations with those you love.
So if you found value in this exercise, please share it! It would mean the world to us (and them).