4 steps for a robust year-end review

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Highly effective people seek self-actualization in many things they do daily. They are looking for the ultimate purpose of fulfillment as they go through life. These people make plans, adjust them accordingly, and know-how to prioritize their tasks. Higher achievers are effective because they set goals and review them regularly. If you are reading this and recognize yourself, you know how important it is to do a year-end review in our personal lives and in our professional ones.
Sometimes we get busy chasing the next accomplishment that we don’t even realize how much we have done throughout the year. As we are coming to the end of this year, I would like to share four simple steps for an empowering year-end review that you will enjoy doing as it is time-efficient. To get the best out of this exercise, you will need your calendar or your agenda, a journal, a pen and a cozy space. If you’re like me, you might want your favourite drink and your upbeat playlist music in the background. Lastly, in your agenda, write today’s date, the title of this exercise, and make room for each of these four steps. I suggest one page for each step if you’re using an 8 x 11″ notebook and more space if your journal is smaller.

Step1: Make a personal year inventory

The first step is to make a short recap of the year. It is most likely that you have a physical and or digital agenda to write down your monthly & daily goals, tasks, appointments, and to-do lists. Even if you don’t use those tools, you can still do this exercise by using your memory. From January to December, quickly go through each month to find the most significant positive highlights. To do so, think about your best memories, the best accomplishment, things you’ve created, something you’ve experimented with, new knowledge you’ve gained, new connections and relationships you’ve made, etc. write them down in your journal. The focus of this section is on your successful outcomes. Most likely, as a goal-oriented person, you probably have some plans that didn’t fall through or were a complete flop; those ones will be looked upon in the next step. Acknowledge how far you’ve come and how much you have accomplished in a short time. Before you go to the next step, congrats yourself out loud, do a happy dance. Also, do plan to celebrate your success with someone significant in your field or journey! This person should have high positive energy, your biggest supporter or your partner who went through it all with you.

Step 2: Leverage your mistake

A saying goes like this; To make a mistake, it is human; to correct it, it is divine. No one is perfect, and no matter how hard we try, we will make mistakes, forget something or someone, lack motivation, and may want to give up. As you may know, we grow by learning from our mistakes, and this is precisely what you are going to do in this section. You will leverage your mistakes. By leverage, I mean using the power of self-reflection to redirect your thinking and your behaviour for future success. How? Looking through the year, ask yourself these questions: what mistakes have I made that taught me something? What lessons did I learn that I can leverage? By seeking the silver lining in what might look like a failure, you are changing your past, making count today, and shaping a better future. When you revisit this part of your life, you won’t have the same feeling towards it since you changed the energy vibration of the moment by leveraging it. And this, my friend, is how you change the past!

Step 3: Letting go of resistance

Highly effective people do sometimes have a lot on their plate. You may want to excel in many areas, putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. Maybe you have wanted to launch a new course, product, a business for as long as you can remember. Perhaps you have been tolerating someone in your life based on beliefs and values that do not resonate with you anymore. Maybe you have been holding on to a bad habit you don’t dare to replace with something healthier. It may hold you back and prevent you from going through life with ease, called resistance. At present, ask yourself questions similar to the following ones. What am I willing to let go of? What needs to be released and left behind? What ties or relationships need to be cut and given less attention than they should? Who do I need to forgive? What comforting negative habits need to be subsided? As a matter of fact, whatever we hurdle mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually end up weighing us down, making us lose clarity and taking away our life energy. This works in the same manner as an app in the background of our cellphone that uses too much battery power. It does makes it runs slow. Although this may be hard to do, letting go of things make us better, efficient being.

Steps 4: Planning to manifest mindfully

The review of a year brings a new perspective for the one coming. What you would like to invite into your life for the next 12 months? Think about what continuity or improvement you would like to see in different areas of your current life, financial, family, friends, romantic relationship, professional, spiritual, physical, and mental health, etc. It doesn’t have to be massive changes as sometimes the most minor things can have a more enormous impact in the long run. What do you want to manifest? What do you want to focus on? If you had a theme for the coming year, what theme would it be? Your theme can be just one word or two that can be applied to all areas of your life. This part is usually pleasant to do, as it gets you creative. You got to dream, imagine, reshape, and go wild if you want about your near future.

To summarize, a year-end review is crucial for anyone who wants to be effective and seek improvement. To make it empower you, it is essential to focus on the positive aspect of the exercise. First of all, you should start with a run-through of the year to highlight all your success. Secondly, reflect on your failures to learn from them. In third place, be willing to let go of things, feelings, and relationship that doesn’t serve you anymore. Lastly, end your year-end review with a hopeful exercise of what you would love to manifest in your life for the coming year.

About the author

Mary-Noah is a Clarity Coach for empaths and aspiring public speakers in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a well-educated empath, certified in hypnotherapy, mental health first aid, meditation for stress & anxiety, Ever Active kids, mindfulness, yoga, nutrition and weight management. These certifications, combined with her fitness and spiritual background, help her provide holistic and engaging sessions to her clients on the spiritual awakening journey. You can connect with her on her website at www.marynoah.com and on Instagram as Mary-Noah.Ndateramye

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