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The turn of the year is a useful time to have us appraise what we are doing, where we have come from and what we did. and how we are going to continue in the future.

The transitioning from one year to the next is an opportunity for reflection and planning. We all have different ways to end a year and start a new one. I like to ask myself the following questions at the end of the year:
1. What worked and should be continued in the coming year?
2. What didn’t work and should be removed or modified or let go of?
3. What needs to be added to the coming year?

And the way I like to start my new year is to see how I can make my coming year more positive and happier. Solve some challenges and generally ensure that thing progress.tinklookingleftcirclehighres

Do you think this would work for you too?

So, the best way to do begin is to get out some beautiful paper and a nice pen – one that makes you feel good to use! Top tip: If you want good ideas – your very best ones to come through then up-level how you create them – you may be surprised what a difference such a small detail can make.

Then simply start writing, using the categories above!

Jot down ideas and notes to start with. No essays needed at this point!

Before one can move forwards with one’s life and desires it is very beneficial to take stock of the past, hence the first two questions.


Keep writing until you can’t think of anything else. Once done, then have a look and see what you can learn, glean and get clarity about. Write these ah-ha’s down too.

Once you have got clear, and probably let go of some of the things from the past year – there is SPACE AVAILABLE to then start to create the next!

What can you see that is missing in what you did in the past or last year? Speculate on what is MISSING, not on what is wrong – which is easier to see. Take your time.


Decide what you want to achieve and how the best way forward may be.

Ask yourself if what you are doing, or going to do, is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

Now comes the exciting part – creating the actions and life that you want… the ones that really excite and juice you! Those that inspire, or even ones that you know will inspire others, then it is a win-win.

There are different ways to do this – and some work better for different people.

By focussing on specific areas of life under broad headings “life” can be easier to see.Try these headings to start with, but by all means add ones if they are more pertinent to you or your family.

  • Health and well-being
  • Finances red acer
  • Emotional and mental well-being
  • Fun and adventure
  • Relationships
  • Family and friends
  • Home and surroundings
  • Contribution
  • Preparing for the future
  • Getting organised

You can also think of a specific word or very short description for each area describing what you want going forward in that area of life. For example, fulfilled, assured, peaceful, loved and more.

This exercise takes a while to do – allow at least half an hour.

Once you have done this, by all means share below in the comments what you have seen or noticed in your life at present and in the past and perhaps some of the actions you want to take in the next year.

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