I thought you might be amenable to this rather enjoyable and satisfying ‘end-of-year ritual’ to complete the old year and bring in the new—from both a personal and professional perspective.
The simple instructions to bring in the new by closing out the old:
Sit down with a glass of sherry and a mince pie (if you live in England) or a cup of hot chocolate if you live in the US. Make a note of your thoughts around the following four points. You may wish to do this in partnership with a significant other or even with the kids.
- What have you accomplished in the past year, personally and professionally? List both the big and the small stuff—it’s common to get over 20 items. Include things such as taking a trip or making a new friend as well as your business achievements.
- What do you wish to accomplish personally and professionally in this new year? Targets, goals and dreams—think big! A wish list—not a must do list.
- What difficulties did you overcome to realize those accomplishments? List out the blocks, challenges, tough periods, uncomfortable decisions or turning points.
- What personal qualities within yourself did you evoke to get past those difficulties? Courage, strength, persistence, humility, humor and so forth.
Very best wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!
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