What is the one thing you must do by the end of the year? Pay your taxes? Clean the garage? While those things are important, what I’m talking about is a year end review. So, you might be wondering what a year end review is and why it is so critical to do. A year end review is exactly that. You take out a pen and paper or sit at your computer and take stock of the past year month by month. You look to see what went well, what didn’t and why. It’s also a time to regroup and see what’s working and what needs to change, in all areas of your life.
This end of year review is so important to do before you set your New Year’s Resolutions and goals for the upcoming year. Otherwise your life will continue to be the same old, same old. If you really want to make the necessary positive changes in your life plus maintain the great things that are working, you have to take a look back before you move forward.
In the video below, I show you how to go through your year end review. The review itself probably won’t take any longer than the time it takes to watch your fave show on Netflix. However, the benefits will pay off throughout the entire New Year and beyond! After you’ve finished watching, you can read more about the two part process that I outline in the video. In addition, check out a great resource from Jack Canfield that will help you take the year end review to an ever deeper level. Also, be sure to come back and read my January post, New Year’s Habits VS Resolutions for an exciting fresh approach to setting yourself up for success – in all areas of your life!
Year End Review: Part One
Get out your old New Year’s Resolutions.
Get out your goals list or look at the goals you have posted on your vision board.
What resolutions did you stick to?
Which goals did you achieve?
What resolutions didn’t get done?
Which goals did not get accomplished? Which ones got 50% or 75% completed?
Why were you able to achieve the goals and resolutions that you did achieve?
What held you back from the ones that didn’t get done?
Not achieving your goals, or worse, not knowing what went wrong, creates a lot of extra stress.
Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll have much more clarity on not only what you want to achieve for 2018, but how you’re going to go about doing it.
Year End Review: Part Two
Here are the six main areas to look at when you’re setting your goals for the New Year;
- Health and Fitness
- Relationships: a) Personal, including family, spouse/partner, kids, friends, neighbours b) Professional which could include your boss, supervisor, co-workers, employees, subcontractors, your team, clients/customers
- c) Self which involves your self-esteem, self-confidence, self-talk
- Finances involving revenue, paying off debts, investing, saving
- Personal & Spiritual Development: reading books, watching videos, taking live and online courses
- Professional Development: as above but with the purpose of learning new skills or info to take your job, career or business to the next level.
- Giving back through volunteer work, charitable donations, planning the legacy you want to leave your family, friends, community and beyond.
Here is a link to a pdf Jack Canfield created in 2014 to help you do an even more in depth year end review: http://jackcanfield.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2014-Year-End-Review.pdf