Do NOT let the New Year come and go without doing this!
I just did a massive review of this past year. It was beautiful. It was messy. It was painful. It was completely necessary. I usually do a kind of review every September during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, but have never done it before January 1st. Usually my ritual in September revolves around my spiritual growth and what I want to improve on in the coming year. The ritual that I engaged in today was different and I want to share it with you. I encourage you to review your own year in a way that speaks to you.
I started with my personal life
I reviewed what went well this year, what I want to change in the upcoming year, and took the time to really delve into why certain things occurred. I spent time speaking with people I care about and really taking note of what is important to me.
And then I reviewed my business
I looked at each month of the year and reviewed my successes and my failures. And then I started listing all of the amazing things I plan to do this upcoming year.
Do yourself a huge favor and take 10 minutes of your day to review the year:
Take the time to review
- Start with your successes and write them down. Be proud of them. You’ve earned it all!
- You may want to do this in sections. For example: personal, business, relationships, etc.
- Note the things that didn’t go your way this year and take some time to meditate on those things. What lessons were you supposed to learn? Did you learn them? What lessons can you take to the next year?
Plan for this amazing year
- Now brainstorm what you want from 2016 in your life and write it down. It can be anything from taking better care of yourself to launching a new business!
- Be specific! You need to be specific in order to create a plan of action.
- Take each goal and write out each step to achieve that goal. If due dates encourage you, use them! If they stress you out, don’t! Using action steps can make a huge project feel more doable.
Hold yourself accountable
Plan monthly check-ins to see how you are doing. I plan mine the last Sunday of the month! Each month you can add new goals, new steps, and adjust things accordingly.
Wishing you and your family a beautiful, happy, and healthy New Year! May this one be the best one yet!