As we begin the New Year, it is a valuable practice to set aside some personal time to look back on 2009 and assess where we have been, and to look ahead at 2010 and lay out where we are going. I have created the following exercises to help you walk through this reflective process, and hope you make the commitment to yourself to complete it. Enjoy!
Completion of 2009
1. What are your disappointments, failures, and breakdowns?
Let's acknowledge what these items are. All failures are feedback. This is an opportunity to learn from them and let them go, or carry them forward and make a new promise or commitment.
2. What are your successes, wins, and accomplishments?
This is a chance to celebrate and own who you have become this year. Where did you step into your power and greatness? Please don't skimp on these. The little stuff counts. No modesty allowed. Let's validate all your accomplishments. You might want to look through your organizer and any of your files to help remind you.
3. What have you learned about yourself and your life? What insights have you gained?
True insights have the transformational capability of shifting us into a new, more alive place. As we are blessed with insights, it is important to nurture and deepen these new understandings.
4. What are you grateful for?
This list might include some of the above, as well as things you truly appreciate about the people, the things, and the circumstances in your life. And don’t forget to include the things you appreciate about yourself. There is a basic principle: whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.
5. How will you celebrate and honor your 2009 accomplishments?
This is an opportunity to do something that honors all you have done and been through this past year. What’s something special that you would like to do for yourself? What would be a powerful way to celebrate? What would be fun? Celebrating is a way to bring completion, and there are countless ways to do it. The key is to choose something, plan it, and do it.
2010 New Year Creation
This is your vision or dream for 2010. Picture yourself one year from today, one year into the future, having had an incredible year. Think about what kinds of things might have happened during the past year, and what it was like for you. Now write a short story about who you were and what you accomplished in 2010, as if you were writing it at the end of 2010.
Some things you might include:
· What was the year like for you?
· What did you feel energy and excitement around?
· What did you accomplish?
· Who was in your life and who was not?
· Where are you financially?
· Where are you spiritually?
· What has changed in your physical environment?
· What were the big fun things you did?
· What is the condition of your career?
· How is your love life?
· What’s one outrageous or wacky element to your vision?
- What did you let go of?
- What did you take less seriously?
- What old rules or limiting beliefs did you eliminate?
Include anything else you might think of that stands out for the year. When finished, print a copy, seal it in an envelope, and file it somewhere in your home or office for you to read in one year. Mark down on your calendar one year from today where you have filed this envelope, so you can find it and read it on that day. And have fun with this.
As always, I’m here to support you in your journey, and would enjoy knowing how you’re doing and get any feedback you may have (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To a transformational 2010,
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