Do you find that as the year comes to an end, you inevitably start to think of everything you want to accomplish in the next year? And then following that, you also start thinking about everything you wanted to accomplish this year but didn’t?
Maybe time got in the way.
Maybe you changed your mind.
Maybe you got scared.
Maybe you did everything you could to make your goals happen…but they still didn’t come true.
What I do know is that on January 1st, there will always be a list of goals from the year before that you didn’t accomplish.
But there’s another list too. A list that will help you to end your year feeling inspired, empowered, and ready to keep going. Not ready to start over.
Creating that list starts with ONE QUESTION: How did I succeed this year?
I want you to sit for 30 minutes and write down all the answers that come to mind. Look at your calendar for the whole year. You’ll be surprised at how many things you accomplished that you completely forgot about! Write down the little things, the big things, and everything in between.
Then I want you to write down all the ways you “thought” you failed, and turn those into successes.
- “I failed to get a raise” becomes “I succeeded in asking my boss for a raise even though I was nervous.”
- “I failed to save my marriage” becomes “I succeeded in making an extremely difficult decision that will support me in becoming the person I truly want to be.”
- “I failed to start my own business” becomes “I succeeded in coming up with a million business ideas so that I’m that much closer to being ready to start.”
See how it works? Keep making that success list longer and longer. Pat yourself on the back for everything you’ve done this year. Keep that list handy for days when you feel like a failure and need a reminder that even your failures are actually successes in disguise.
Then get ready to make an even bigger success list a year from now.
p.s. Here’s a meditation for you: Guided Meditation for Reclaiming Your Power