Thursday, January 2, 2014

Creating Success from the Inside Out - 2013 Year in Review

One of the things I have learned about goal setting over the last couple of years is that it's important to take the time before setting new goals to review the previous year's goals.  To take it even further, this time of year is really a great time to look back at the year as a whole and reflect upon the wonderful things that happened to you this year, the challenges you faced, the lessons you learned, and overall the feelings you have about the year.

How do you go about doing this?  There are so many ways.  You could get together with your whole family and make it a yearly tradition.  Make a nice family meal and afterwards have everyone share their yearly highlights, some things that were really hard for them and how they handled it, a few things they accomplished that they are most proud of, and some lessons they learned that they will take with them into the new year.
Or, you could keep it private and journal about your year.  Look at your previous year's resolutions.  Which ones did you achieve?  Which ones are no longer valid - you changed course, went in a different direction, or came up with newer, more meaningful resolutions?  Which goals, if any, were too ambitious or unrealistic?  Which ones did you hit out of the park?  What did you do that helped you to fulfill a resolution?  Conversely, what could you do to help you fulfill resolutions that you missed this past year?

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The tool that I used last year and am using this year to help guide me in my year in review, and then to set my goals and intentions for next year, is Leonie Dawson's 2014 Create Your Amazing Year Workbook and Calendar (Life + Business Editions).  These workbooks and calendars are beautiful (you could frame each page!), colorful, inspirational, and each page/exercise helps you to dive deep in a peaceful, respectful way.  The section for reviewing your 2013 year is not only fulfilling, it's fun too.

I print mine out and put them in a three-ring binder so that it's accessible - something that I can review each month to help me reach my goals.

If you are interested in learning more about these workbooks or in purchasing your own, click here.  The links shown here are my affiliate links.  I'm not just an affiliate, though.  I am a firm believer in the value of these workbooks and the content that Leonie offers.  I am a member of her Amazing Biz ; Life Academy and through this group, have met a wonderful community of like-minded business women.

I'm interested in hearing how your 2013 went.  What were your wins?  Overall, how do you feel about the past year?  What lessons did you learn?

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