As we wrap up 2011 and begin to think about 2012, I wanted to share a Top Ten list that a good friend of mine, Michael Angier, has created. Some good thoughts here that can help you get your plan for 2012 down on paper.
Thanks for all your support and all your referrals during the year. May this holiday season be very special for you and your family.
Top 10 List of End-of-the-Year Questions
WRITTEN BY MICHAEL ANGIER
It's a new year. But what have we learned
from the last one? Michael Angier has some questions we can
ask to help make this year even better than last.
In order to embrace the new, we must release the old. A trapeze
artist cannot swing from one bar to another without letting
go. An important part of preparing for the New Year is to
review the past year—to release it—and to learn from it.
To go where we wish to go and be whom we wish to be, we need
to know where we are and who we are. An honest self-analysis
is always helpful to gain clarity. As we end the year, it
seems particularly fitting to devote some time to reflecting
on the year past and where we find ourselves as the New Year
The following questions should stimulate your thinking for
this process. I hope you take time out of your busy schedule
this holiday season to ponder where you are and where you've
been. Enter into discussions with people you care about. Write
out your thoughts and feelings. Do some journaling. Consider
writing a letter—an end-of-the-year epistle—to yourself. It
could be profound to write it and valuable to read it in the
Reflect upon what you did, how you felt, what you liked, what
you didn’t and what you learned. Try to look at yourself and
your experience with as much objectivity as you can—much like
a biographer would do.
Here are some suggestions to get you started in mulling over
the past year—perhaps the last decade. Feel free to add your
Consider listing all the things in your life you would
like to let go—anything you no longer want. Give thanks for
what they've brought you in terms of learning and usefulness,
and then burn the list. It's a symbolic gesture to help you
release the old and be open to the new. The next step is to
list what you DO want—experiences, knowledge, material things,
relationships, healings, whatever.
1. What did I learn? (skills, knowledge,
2. What did I accomplish? A list of my wins and achievements.
3. What would I have done differently? Why?
4. What did I complete or release? What still feels incomplete
5. What were the most significant events of the year past?
List the top three.
6. What did I do right? What do I feel especially good
about? What was my greatest contribution?
7. What were the fun things I did? What were the not so
8. What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?
9. How am I different this year than last?
10. For what am I particularly grateful?
In doing this, you'll be using the principle of vacuum—releasing
what you don't want and embracing what you do.
I'm confident that anything you can do to make this event
more dramatic will be valuable.
Make it a great New Year by ending the last one well.
This has been a great year. Your referrals and your support have been greatly appreciated. Thank you. My wish for you is that you will really enjoy the holiday season and 2012 will be your best year yet.
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For the last twenty
years Jerry has been president of his own firm. He has spent his
career helping small business organizations grow and succeed. He
has a passion for success that he shares with his clients. His current
focus is providing executive and personal coaching to persons who
are interested in improving their effectiveness and their ability
to be successful. He is a facilitator for peer advisory groups with
The Alternative Board and is a Certified One Page Plan Consultant.
Jerry has facilitated planning retreats and planning sessions for
Jerry’s experience includes serving as Vice-president of Marketing
for IGA staff office, Vice-president of membership for the National
Grocers Association, Sr. Vice-president of procurement for Shurfine
International and the Managing Director of The Zenon Hansen Foundation.
Jerry is an Eagle Scout. He lives in Chicago with his wife Terri.
Jerry spends his volunteer time as a coach and consultant for The
Executive Service Corps of Chicago, an organization committed to
help the non-profits in the community improve.
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