The quiet time between Christmas and New Year has been a special time for me to bring closure to the previous year and intentionally prepare for the next. I often find that my days are so full throughout the year that I lose myself in the grind and neglect to recognize how much I have accomplished and grown in a given year and what major events and memories have helped shape who I am.
This tradition started five years ago when I went through some painful events that, frankly, I found difficult to process, bring closure to, and pick myself up from. It was during this time that I borrowed a workbook my father had purchased from the Michael Hyatt Company on bringing year-end closure. While initially I was skeptical that this would help, I found that I loved the process that Michael had outlined, the clarity and perspective his questions provided, the way I was able to see the good and lessons learned in the midst of pain, and ultimately the way I was able to tangibly see and track my own personal growth.
Over the years, I have refined my annual review process and have experimented with additional methodologies/questions that I have added to the core list that Michael outlined. I’m always tweaking to adapt to my needs in a particular year, but here’s a look at how I’m currently closing out 2019:(more…)