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
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
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
- What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, insights, etc.)
- What did I accomplish? A list of my wins and achievements.
- What would I have done differently? Why?
- What did I complete or release? What still feels incomplete
- What were the most significant events of the year past?
List the top three.
- What did I do right? What do I feel especially good
about? What was my greatest contribution?
- What were the fun things I did? What were the not so
- What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?
- How am I different this year than last?
- For what am I particularly grateful?
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,
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.
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