The end of the year is often a good time to slow down, relax, reflect and reassess what’s important to us.
The best way to do so is to conduct an end-of-year review, which will help clarify what our focus should be the next year. I’ve previously shared why reviewing our year can set us up for better success next year and how to review your year.
I’ve since learnt that an end-of-year review can be made even more powerful by investing a little more time to complete a comprehensive year review, which serves as a springboard for our next year.
Here are five reasons why it is beneficial to review our year.
- We will get closure on our year, even if some things are still incomplete.
- It will help us to recommit to what’s most important.
- We will give ourselves a greater chance at having a better 12 months ahead.
- We will be able to extract lessons we have learned through the year by reflecting on our experiences.
- It will help us become the best version of ourselves as we strive to continually improve.
I’d like to wish you a fantastic, fun-filled Christmas and a fabulous holiday season! Hope you receive some pleasant surprises during the festive season.
Thank you for being a valuable member and reader of my blog. As we close out this year, here are five of my favourite posts I’ve written this year.
I look forward to continually providing high-valued content each week. My best wishes to you.
Question: What is something you are looking forward to this holiday season?
One thing that is common amongst all of us is that we’ll experience difficult times in our lives. The degree of difficulty will vary, however each experience will challenge us in some way.
Difficult times can come as:
- Losing a job.
- A business failure.
- A health issue.
- The death of a loved one.
- Financial challenges.
- A relationship breakdown.
No matter how difficult things get, we can use those experiences to learn something and grow stronger.
We tend to have a love-hate relationship with discipline.
For left-brained people, who thrive on spontaneity and the freedom to create “as-you-go,” it can be extremely challenging to be disciplined. For right-brained people, who tend to cope better with structure and order, being disciplined may not be as challenging.
The late Jim Rohn said, “There are two types of pain you will go through in life, the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tonnes.”
The best definition of discipline I’ve come across is, it is giving yourself a command and sticking to it. As someone who likes to have a certain level of structure and order, I believe becoming more disciplined can benefit us in many ways.
Before I started building a platform online, I had dabbled with the idea of blogging in the mid to late 2000s. At that time, blogging was still relatively new and I thought it would be good to have a website with content related to what I do.
But there was one problem!
A few nights ago, I had the opportunity to listen to Oprah Winfrey share part of her journey and some of the lessons she has learnt in life at an event in Sydney called, An Evening with Oprah.
Being able to see Oprah live, in person, had been on my bucket list so it was very exciting to finally have had that opportunity. And I wasn’t disappointed!
Oprah shared many stories from her past during her one-hour and 45-minute talk, which she described as her way to help us turn up the volume on who we are, figure out our passions, our purpose, our mission and our visions, and to step into the life that is waiting for us.
Being around people who are constantly negative can be physically exhausting. The effort required to manage our energy levels when we are around them is often also mentally draining.
If we don’t protect ourselves from the energy of people who constantly whine, complain and are pessimistic, it will:
- Affect how we interact with others.
- Alter our attitude — in an unproductive way.
- Cause us to become pessimistic as well.
- Make it harder for us to focus and concentrate on what we want to get done.
It is no surprise that we become like the people we surround ourselves with.
There is an old saying, “People will forget what you say but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
If you want to be known as someone who makes people feel good, be willing to go the extra mile.
To go the extra mile simply means to do more than is required to accomplish a task or reach a goal. Going the extra mile can mean a number of things such as:
- Sending an appreciation note or Thank You card to someone who did a good job.
- Surprising a customer with an unexpected gift.
- Giving someone a compliment for their smile or the way they dress.
- Providing someone a resource for free that will help them accomplish a goal easier and faster.
- Introducing people so they can either network or form new relationships.
Writing can be both a joy and a challenge for us. If we reflect back on the history of the world, words have left lasting memories for us.
Each day, words in the form of inspirational or motivational quotes are shared on various platforms including social media. I once read that the movie industry would come to an end if people stopped writing.
Think of all the books that have been made into feature films from the likes of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Da Vinci Code, to name a few.
Writing does not always have to be in the form of books or movie scripts. Other ways we can use our writing skills include:
- Writing “Thank You” cards or emails.
- Making lists.
- Writing a letter.
- Writing an article or blog post.
We’ve all been in situations in which we’ve been frustrated and our patience has been tested.
We may have reacted in a way that aggravated the situation and caused us to regret our behaviour.
Can you think of such a situation?
If don’t handle ourselves well in difficult situations, it can:
- Fracture relationships that could take time to heal.
- Make the situation worse especially if those involved also react badly.
- Generate unnecessary stress.
- Take our focus away from what we’re trying to accomplish.
- Cause others to feel uncomfortable being around us.