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An Eye-Opening Year End Exercise

By Karyn Greenstreet

I shared this exercise with my mastermind groups this week, and I wanted to share it with you, too. Try it for yourself, then use it with your clients, colleagues and mastermind group members.

The end of the year is sneaking up quickly, and this is often the time we begin planning for the next year.

But wait!

Planning for the coming year can seem daunting, and the To Do list just bloats in size. Before you make big strategic plans for 2018, consider this simple, eye-opening exercise to put things in perspective:

  1. Write down everything you’ve accomplished in 2017 for your business.
  2. I do mean EVERYTHING! All the big projects, all the milestones, all the To Do items that yielded a positive result.

Simple exercise, huh?

Allow yourself a few days to do this exercise, keeping a blank notepad or computer document open so you can add to it as you remember items. Also, check your appointment calendar and old emails to remind yourself of projects, tasks and meetings that had a positive impact on your business and professional life.

I did this exercise for the first time last year and I could not believe the results. It completely informed my strategic plans for the following year.

  • First, I had a belief in my head that I hadn’t accomplished much in the previous year, so when I was planning for the next year, my vision was limited. By doing this exercise, I realized that I had accomplished a ton of important things, which changed my beliefs about myself and my vision for the business.
  • Second, by seeing what I did work on, I could see where my actions were directed by a clearer vision of what was important. (As my grandmother used to say, actions speak louder than words!) It helped me to shift my goals for the coming year.
  • Finally, because I saw that my annual goals weren’t always followed by consistent actions, I discovered where I was avoiding doing a difficult project, and where I jumped in with complete enthusiasm. This showed me some of the inner workings of my own brain (and my team’s brains).

When I looked at my next year’s goals, I could now see more clearly what should shift (either the goal or my internal workings), and what really was most important to me in my business.

Try it! I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you.

And share this exercise with your clients, mastermind group members, students, and colleagues so they can see eye-opening results, too.


4 thoughts on “An Eye-Opening Year End Exercise”

  1. Alberta Wasden says:

    An excellent idea! This will be a positive reinforcement to those in my groups that need a boost at end year. Some have businesses that see a drop each year in their clients. I can help reassure them plus possibly come up with a way to improve their year-end.

    1. Karyn Greenstreet says:

      It sounds like this could be an excellent exercise for you to do with your groups in November or early December, so they can finish the year strong.

  2. Great idea. Excellent for follow up from the workshop I led in November 2017 to help business owners plan strategically for the upcoming year.

    I have done an informal concept of this for myself in the past. I see how it keeps my focus sharp on the blessings I have received.

    Thank you.

    1. Karyn Greenstreet says:

      And the blessings you have created, Karen! 😉

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