Looking Back at 2011, Launching 2012

I'm sure you have accomplished quite a few things this year.  Sometimes we tend to focus on what was left undone and forget to take an accurate look at what we have achieved.

Have you taken time to look back at this year and assess what worked, what didn't, and what you meant to do but didn't get around to? There are some powerful messages mixed in with your results. Check out the exercise below and let me know what you think. Taking the time to do this now will equip you with plans for next year.

Here are some question to ask yourself that will allow you to close out 2011 and launch 2012 with peace and intentions.

Looking Back at 2011

  • What was your greatest joy in 2011?
  • What one word best sums up and describes your 2011 experience?
  • What was your biggest triumph in 2011?
  • What was the smartest decision you made in 2011?
  • What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2011?
  • What was your biggest surprise in 2011?
  • What was the biggest risk you took in 2011?
  • What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2011?
  • What are you most proud of completing in 2011?
  • Who were the five people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2011?
  • What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2011?

Launching 2012

  • What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2012?
  • What will your theme be for 2012? Try to make it as concise as possible, see if you can think of one word to sum it up.
  • What gremlin will you overcome in 2012? Think about all of the ones that have sprung up to paralyze you in the past.
  • What advice will you give yourself in 2012? Imagine what you would advise a friend.
  • What will you be most happy about completing in 2012?
  • How will you increase your support team in 2012?
  • What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2012?
  • What organizations will you join in 2012? Toastmasters, National Speakers Association, local networking groups, etc. Remember to check www.Meetup.com for more ideas.
  • Which areas will you expand your knowledge in 2012? Marketing, relationships, writing, speaking, etc.
  • What do you think your biggest risk will be in 2012?
  • What about your work habits are you most committed to improving in 2012?
  • Is there an organization or group you are committed to serving in 2012? Domestic violence, the homeless, Toys for Tots, there are more than I could ever list here.

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