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Welcome all of you to 2018. How has your new year been so far? Mine was just lovely. It was a perfect blend of quality time with friends and family plus time for relaxation.

What about you? Were you able to spend quality time with your loved ones over the holidays? How about some time with you? Did you take the opportunity to spend some quality time with yourself? Now … I don’t mean just a quick five minutes of ‘Thank goodness that year is over. It’s a new year, time for a brand new me. This year I swear I’ll do that thing I’ve always been wanting…”.  I’m talking about taking a moment to have a deep connection with yourself to reflect on your accomplishments, challenges and biggest lessons of 2017; then looking forward to 2018 and considering what you want for the year ahead and how you’re going to make it happen?!

If you haven’t had the opportunity to do this for yourself then I eagerly invite you to join me on this journey. This self-reflection is how I personally check-in and connect with myself at the beginning of a new year, and I use this information to guide my decisions for the year ahead, in both my personal and professional life.

So, how would you like to participate? Will you do this self-reflection through written or video journaling? Or perhaps meditation, star gazing or going for a self-reflection walk is more your style. For the creative type, maybe you’ll enjoy creating a vision board with your goals for the year ahead. Or, if you’re like me, you need to do a few activities to inspire those creative juices!

This year I was able to spend quality time with myself in front of the fire with my thoughts and my journal (Check out my story here).  I also had the opportunity for a few heartfelt discussions with close friends, plus time in nature (nature therapy is the best!) and a couple days of snowboarding.

Before you place a quick a one-word judgement on the past year, or use a recent terrible experience to classify how you feel about the whole year, I ask that you contemplate these questions below to discover your accomplishments and lessons of 2017 then look forward to 2018 and create your own personal theme and action plan for the next year.

Now, I know life is busy, and it can be hard to find time for yourself, however, I’d like for you to think of this activity as a project plan. Similar to how a business reviews their financials, inventory, marketing efforts, company milestones, etc., and uses that information to inform stockholders and create their business and marketing plans for the next year. These reviews are necessary if a company wants to stay in business and thrive. Now you’re the CEO of your life, the stockholder that wants to see their investment grow, and the consumer who wants to feel confident with their purchase. You’re in the unique position of being both the CEO and the customer. You are the ideal customer that your company wants to sell their product or service too. What does your company need to do in order to continue attracting your business? In other words, what do you need to do for yourself in order to live a life that you love?

Decide right now if you want to continue living in the hamster wheel, or if you’d like to come on an adventure with me. Don’t let another year go by just wishing for change. It’s not enough to just say that you’re going to do something. You must find a deep connection to your why then ask yourself how and what you need to change so this year is different, then get out there and make it happen!

If you truly want this year to be better than the last, and you’re ready to create something special with me, grab my hand and I’ll help you invest in yourself by reflecting on these 8 Questions for 2018. Remember, you’re creating your 2018 personal project plan so try not to rush through these questions, carefully consider each one so you can service your ideal customer, aka yourself, to the best of your abilities and feel more confident in your life decisions.

Reflect on your experiences during 2017 and your goals for 2018 while answering these questions:

8 Questions for 2018

Looking Back, Looking Forwards.
  1. What went really well for you this past year? Why?
  1. List your top 3-5 accomplishments. This could include any personal or professional milestones and achievements. How will you celebrate these accomplishments?
  1. What was most challenging this past year? What did you struggle with? Why? And what was your biggest lesson regarding these experiences? Why?
  1. What interesting discoveries did you recognize about yourself? What strengths did you realize? What unique abilities did you uncover?
  1. What drains your time and energy? What is blocking you from doing something more important? How can you do less of that?
  1. What new directions would you like to pursue this year? What is important for you to achieve? What are you most excited to create or experience? Why?
  1. What is your personal development focus for 2018? Your personal ‘theme’ or ‘affirmation’ you’d like to declare for yourself?  For instance, this year my theme is kindness. I will focus on being kind to myself and others by doing or saying something nice to one person every day.
  1. How can you use this new information to influence your decision making process moving forward? What are your ‘next steps’ and ‘action plan’? How will you commit to your action plan and ensure you take action in 2018? And, how will you recognize and celebrate your weekly successes and milestones?

P.S. I’ve included a free self-reflection worksheet that you can print, complete and refer back to regularly so you stay focused on your goals!

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