This has to be one of my favorite posts of the year!
I developed this exercise to allow you to take stock of the year behind you and acknowledge all the amazing things you accomplished. It will also help you to kick start the new year with excitement and vision.
So sit back, relax and get ready to Celebrate + Create!
Make yourself comfortable. Play some music you love, grab some yummy food, light your favorite candle. With notepad, pen, and this year’s calendar, begin your Year 2012 Reflection.
Review 2012 and consider what you are most proud of in each of the following areas of your life: Career, Health, Personal Relationships, Professional Relationships, Confidence, Finances, Craft & Creativity, Marketing Tools & Business, Personal Growth, Spirituality, and of course, Fun.
Identify 3 primary intentions or beliefs that guided you in this year. Perhaps you might notice certain values popped up consistently throughout your year.
Now look back through the year and consider what didn’t work as well as you had hoped. With compassion, consider the unrealized expectations, unexpected circumstances or interruptions, challenges, upsets or losses, gifts given and gifts received.
Consider what, if anything, you feel incomplete about. What actions can you take to tie up any loose ends?
Finally, create a year-end ritual. How can you celebrate the challenges you moved through and success you enjoyed? How can you make a renewed commitment to yourself for the coming year?
What are you looking forward to in 2013? What 1 to 3 specific goals would you like to accomplish by the end of next year?
What changes do you anticipate or hope for in the next year? How would you like to create these changes in your life? Who might be able to help you succeed at these changes?
What life and career goals or intentions do you have for 2013? What are you building on or recommitting to from 2012? What’s new? What resources do you bring from 2012? What resources will you cultivate?
Which people do you wish to build stronger relationships with? Who would you like to attract into your life? How will your relationships (personal and professional) blossom in 2013? Make a list of at least 10 people you wish to build stronger relationships with. You may already know who they are. You may not.
What principle or action are you going to give up for 2012, so that you can experience a fuller life? For example: I give up being late. I will be early or on time. I have more than enough time to take care of myself and all that is important and meaningful to me.
How do you want to experience 2013 – what color, taste, texture, smell, sound does it have? If 2013 had a theme song, what would it be? What images come to mind when you picture the coming year?
With those images in mind, create a vision board to represent all that 2013 holds for you. Design a Vision Board to create a physical representation of your career vision. Vision Boards allow you to use your artistic skills and creativity and play with the physical picture of your future. They’re a lot of fun to make and an effective way to supplement your actions with internal focus.