Greetings to All,
As we wrap up 2016 and begin to think about 2017, 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 2017 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
Here are some suggestions to get you started in mulling over the
past year—perhaps the last decade. Feel free to add your own.
- 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 fun?
- 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, 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.
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 2017
will be your best year yet.
Have a GREAT day!
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