Last year during Christmas, while I was lying on the couch practically paralyzed from a ham-coma yet still waiting for the cookies, I began writing in my laptop a year in review of 2010. I felt that I had made some huge developments in my life both personally and professionally, and I wanted to remember what they were as a personal record for me to look back on.
This idea lead me to create my first video vision board, and looking back at it a year later, I’m surprised to see that most of what I envisioned, has come to fruition. You can see what I had in mind for 2011 by watching my video below:
Now that 2011 is coming to an end, and in the spirit of carrying on this personal tradition of mine, I’m going to ask myself the same questions I asked this time last year. I found that this exercise not only allowed me to reflect on my successes and failures, but also gave me the space to appreciate and learn from all that had happened. By looking back over the year and figuring out what worked and what didn’t, I was able to decide what I wanted for myself for the upcoming year.
So before you rush about and try to make your 2012 New Year’s “Resolutions”, take the time and ask yourself these 7 questions first:
1. What worked for you this year?
Write down anything, any person, or situation that made you happy, successful, and productive. The goal is to do more of these things. Here are some things from my list:
- Being completely honest with people right off the bat
- Being myself whenever, wherever with whomever
- Loving myself unconditionally
- Adding value to other people’s lives
- Having a small but very close group of friends
- Living in Brookline
- Budgeting my money
- Doing pilates
- Expressing my sexuality
- Treating people with love and respect
- Eliminating grains
- Allowing myself more personal time alone
- Writing in my journal more frequently
2. What didn’t work for you this year?
Write down anything, any person or situation that made you frustrated, annoyed, or unproductive. The goal is to do less of these things. Here are some of mine from 2011:
- Working a lot of training sessions
- Working during times I don’t want to work
- Taking on new clients when I was full
- Staying up too late, too often in a row
- Not expressing how I feel when I’m frustrated
- Feeling anxious
3. What were some memorable moments of this year?
Take note of the people that were with you during these times. Spend more time with these people.
- Florida trip and hanging with Phyl
- Mom and Matt visiting over the summer
- Going to the West Side Story with my family
- My pilates reformer training
- My 29th birthday workout with my clients and dinner with my friends
- All the homemade dinners with my friends
4. What did you learn about yourself this year?
Be completely honest with yourself here. The point of this question is to find positive and negative patterns in your life.
- I can have an incredible impact on people’s lives
- I like living in a small community where people know me
- I feel safe and secure when I have a tight group of friends
- I work better when I have a plan to follow
- If I really want it, I’ll do whatever it takes to get it
- Things work out better when I let them flow, rather than forcing them
5. Who played significant roles in your life this year?
For one reason or another, these people had the greatest impact on you. Keep in mind, they don’t have to just be positive. Maybe you had an unpleasant experience with someone, but it led you to learning a valuable lesson. Write these down. I can honestly say that all the people on my list had very positive impacts.
6. Are you satisfied with what you accomplished this year?
Be honest with yourself. If you are, congrats! If not, then say so. Write down why you answered the way you did either way.
Yes. I have accomplished many of the things I set out to do, which shows that I can do anything I can set my mind to.
7. What do you want your life to look like in 2012?
Here’s where you paint your perfect picture. Put all limitations aside and imagine that you could literally have anything you wanted like I talk about in this article. This is where you can have a lot of fun.
I will impact as many lives as possible. I will teach people how they can feel healthy and happy and that they don’t have to struggle through life. I will show people how incredible they are and how beautiful life can be. I will continue to spread my love, and share my wisdom and friendship with as many people as I can. I will share my love with the world.
I will spend most of my time on my own creative projects. My nutrition business, my writing and creating a nutrition product.
I will have more freedom in my life to do what I want, when I want, with whomever I want.
Now that I’ve put together my list, I have plenty to work with to start planning what I want to accomplish for 2012, and plenty of inspiration to begin my next video vision board.
Aside from these questions, what other questions can you think to ask yourself before heading into the new year? Let me know down in the comment section below.
Best of luck to all that you have planned for yourself in 2012, and as always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you along the way, I’m here to help.