Hello Subscribers ,
As we wrap up 2012 and begin to think about 2013, 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 2013 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.

Reflections—A 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 dawns.

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 years ahead.

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 own.

    1. What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, insights, etc.)

    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 to me?

    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 fun?

    8. What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?

    9. How am I different this year than last?

    10. For what am I particularly grateful?
Another Suggestion:

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.

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.

Final Thoughts:
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Jerry Pinney

For the last twenty-two years Jerry Pinney has been president of his own consulting firm. Currently he focuses his efforts on providing executive and personal coaching to persons who are interested in improving their quality of life and consulting to small and mid-sized companies and nonprofits. He is a facilitator for peer advisory groups with The Alternative Board and is a Certified One Page Planning Consultant. Jerry has over three decades of experience in the food industry, and possesses a unique perspective of customer service, marketing and strategic planning. In addition to overall general management qualifications, Jerry has proven expertise in operational planning and business development. His food industry career started at Jewel Food Stores followed by a long career with IGA, with their retailers, wholesalers and ten years as Vice President of Marketing. In addition Jerry has served as Vice President of Membership for the National Grocers Association, Sr. Vice President of Procurement for Shurfine International and Executive Manager of The Zenon Hansen Foundation.

Jerry has also served on a number of nonprofit boards including: President of the Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago. He is currently a Project Manager for the Executive Service Corps of Chicago. Jerry’s ESC assignments have included coaching for several Executive Directors, and consulting on various Board Development projects and on a number of strategic planning projects.

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