We made it. What an enormous blessing it is to awaken to a new day, a new chance, and season. Is anyone really able to sit still?
There’s a buzz in the air. An energy that’s begging us to be present, celebrate, and come together. To appreciate what we have and to cherish every moment. The work doesn’t stop, life doesn’t simply pause. Responsibilities are ongoing and are in full effect.
The mania of the holidays might have subsided some, which probably is giving you more time to reflect and look inward. Outcomes that you want, where you want to be, what you want to do, how you want to feel, and so on. In fact, it might be all you can think about right now.
Are you living or simply existing? Are you making the most of your time? Are you happy?
The beauty of it is, that the feeling of overwhelm doesn’t last. You’ve been there before and recovered. The overwhelm comes and goes and before you know it, you’re in doing mode. The kicker here is to give some thought to the doing before you do it.
One of the things I find myself conducting almost on auto-pilot at the end of each year (and regularly throughout the year) is a year-end review.
A focused and thorough assessment of the year, just at the cusp of entering a new one. It helps bring actions into perspective and urges us to take ownership of all the little and big moments we’ve experienced throughout the year. Even things we may have forgotten.
To add some holly to this task, try displaying your results in a PowerPoint presentation. Add your unique dose of cool, color, and whimsy. Oftentimes, a simple pen and a pad work just as great.
Although it’s called a year-end review, it’s highly encouraged that you carry out this self-assessment more times throughout the year or at least follow up to gauge your progress. Are you still on track with the intentions you set? Where are you now and how does it make you feel?
Write down all the big and little moments that you are proud of.
The moments that really made you smile and filled you with a sense of accomplishment, peace, or happiness. In our hurried lives, we tend to forget and overlook the moments that brought so much joy. Glimmers that might have been fleeting but were incredibly meaningful to you.
Writing these moments down is a wonderful jumping-off point for your review. It puts you in a good mood and gets your mind in gear.
Questions & Answers
Secondly, is Q&A. By asking questions we dig deeper. The questions selected for these sorts of reviews can be as extensive or as simple as you wish. But we’ll dive into 5 key areas.
It’s only fair that if you started off by asking what went well that you are proud of, that you must also take a look at what didn’t go so well.
What did I do or experiences did I have that I’m not proud of?
What lessons can I learn from those experiences?
What do I truly want moving forward?
In what ways must I apply myself in order to achieve what I want?
What old habits, ideas, or ideals am I willing to let go of because they no longer serve my purpose?
By answering these questions you’ll get a better understanding of where you’ve been, areas in need of improvement, and what lengths you are willing to go in order to become a better version of yourself.
Create the life you want
If you can dream it, you can do it. It’s in your hands. At the end of the day, the power to create the life you want is in your hands. This is the fun part! Use your scrapbook, vision board, journal, or whatever art form to project your grandest desires. Make it real, feel it, enjoy it, and start!
This review isn’t to be tucked away in a closet somewhere until the end of the following year. It’s a personalized roadmap to a path that is truly and authentically unique to you. In order for it to become real, action is needed.
If you’re still having trouble with getting to the bottom of what it is you truly want, try completing this statement:
Wouldn’t it be amazing and totally insane if my day, week, and year included…
I would be overjoyed and so ridiculously happy if…
Yes! I want you to be not just regular happy but ridiculously happy. Envision your ideal day, week, and year. What would you spend most of the hours in the day doing? Who would you spend it with? How would you earn a living? In what way would you give and receive support? Does it make you smile and fill you with joy when you think of it?
There’s a finite amount of time we’re given on this earth and we all deserve the shot at making a life for ourselves that we can be proud of. You’ve already come so far and made much more progress than you give yourself credit for.
What are the takeaways from your year-end review?
What are you ready to tackle in the new year?
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