As we celebrate this time of year, I always like to look back on the past twelve months of my life to witness the growth that I’ve made. As a business owner, I am so busy looking at where I’m going and how I can better serve my clients that I don’t take time to appreciate where I’ve been.
Whether you’re a business owner or a professional, it is so important to look back on your life and take stock of where you’ve been, what’s working or not working in your life, so you can decide if you want to make any changes in 2018.
I am grateful this year for losing weight, hiring an associate and moving to San Diego. I’m looking at what’s working in my life and what’s not. By taking inventory, you’re able to make the changes you want to make for next year.
Now, some things to think about as we bring 2017 to a close,
- What was your greatest accomplishment this year?
- What was the best decision you made in 2017?
- What was the best lesson learned?
- What would be your 3 most significant events this year?
- What is the name of the person who made the greatest impact or most influential in 2017?
- What was your biggest failure?
- What fears have you conquered this year?
- What or who do you need to forgive? (it may be yourself)
- What was your most important relationship in 2017?
- Who made the biggest influence on you this year?
- What were you happiest about?
- What did you do this past year to improve yourself?
- How did you stand up more for yourself in 2017?
- Now, next year at this time, in looking back on 2018, what would you like to say about yourself?
- What kind of year do you think you will have in 2018?
- If you knew you could NOT fail, what would you attempt in 2018?
- How can you be kinder to yourself next year?
- How will you move through your fears in the upcoming year?
- What would be one word or phrase that would be your theme in 2018?
2017 was my year of change. The upcoming year, 2018, will be my year of growth and ease: personally and professionally. I did a personal growth program called Lifebook where you look at 12 categories of your life and get in touch with creating the life you want. I credit Lifebook for these questions, but took some editorial liberties.
YOUR MISSION, should you choose to accept it, will be to answer these questions. Very few take a look in this detail to determine where they are and for growth, improvement, celebration and accomplishment.
If you do this exercise, you will be one of few who actually do the necessary work to have the life you want. After all, you’ve worked so hard and you deserve it. I would love to hear your takeaways in the comments below.