A Year In Review: A Look Back

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 | by Brenda Stanton

“The only time you should ever look back, is to see how far you’ve come.” ~Unknown

Early December is a time when we’re most certainly focused on others. What to buy. Who’s coming for the holidays. Mailing holiday cards. Etc.

Yet, December is also a wonderful and critical time to carve out you time and get clear on 1) what really matters to you in the long-term and 2) what your priorities are in the short-term.

Both of these areas inform the other.

But sometimes, if you aren’t proactively taking inventory of where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going –life can feel like it’s passing you by.

That’s why December is a great time to get ready for the New Year, even amidst all your screaming priorities – being intentional is paramount.

And, believe it or not, looking back is just as intentional as looking forward.

When we can look back over all that happened in not only the last year, but the last 5, 10, 20, even 30 years – it’s pretty amazing to witness all that you’ve experienced, accomplished and overcome.

So, to help you get ready for a New Year, while taking a look at years past, check-out the Worthy Work below where I provide some exercises for you to prioritize this week that will help you get ready for the entire next year and beyond.



It’s pretty incredible to look back over – not only the past year – but the past 5, 10, 15 years and take inventory on where you’ve been, who’ve you’ve met, what you’ve experienced and accomplished, and what you definitely do not want to
repeat. To help you get ready for an entirely new year and clean slate, have a look at the exercise, A Year In Review, that is here to help you look back to help you look forward:

Step 1: Start a new Word document, or take out your journal, and at the top of the page document: 2014 Year in Review. Then, simply write-out each month as a header and leave enough space to take notes under each month.

Step 2: Then, take out your calendar and simply go through and look at all the events, engagements, meetings, plans etc. that you had in the past year alone. Who were you spending time with, what were you doing, why do you think you were doing it. If you have a Facebook account or other social media accounts you use (Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) visit these as well and take a look back to see what you were posting, where you were, etc.

Step 3: Next step is to simply look back over all your activities – some may feel nostalgic and some may not. As you look back over all your events and experiences, jot down how the year felt. What did you truly enjoy? Who did you truly enjoy? What do you
definitely not want to repeat or want less of? What do you definitely want more of? What are you proud that you accomplished, overcame or tackled? What is a repeating pattern

That’s it for this week –simply take a look back. In next week’s article, we’ll talk about being intentional with where you are right now in order to move into the New Year with ease and intentional delight!


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