What’s on Your 2017 Success List?

Did you miss me?  I hope so.  I missed you!  I was busy creating my new, fully mobile website. You can see it here.

That’s one of the items I will put on my 2017 Success List, along with the Better Balance programs and panel discussions I’ve done for organizations like Kellogg and the American Red Cross, and the many visits to New York to spend time with my Mom.



If you’ve been with me for a while, you know what time it is. It’s time to make your Success List!

This is an annual ritual of writing down all your successes for this year before creating your goals or resolutions for the new year. We rarely pause to celebrate and savor all we have accomplished, professionally and personally, before moving on to the next thing on our eternal “to do” list.

This simple, conscious practice will not only make you feel good and help with your work-life balance, but it will also give you the confidence and focus you need to achieve your 2018 goals. Consider doing it as an end-of-the-year, team-building exercise at work. 

Here’s what to do.

  • Start by writing numbers one through 20 down the left margin of your paper so you’ll list at least 20 successes. More is better! Or you can download and print My Success List!
  • Consider what you’re most proud of and grateful for this year, including your family, health, work, finances and fun.
  • Then, go deeper to the lessons learned and gifts that come from disappointments and setbacks. Yes, those lessons are successes, too!
  • Once your Success List is complete, share it with others and invite them to do the same. Our family has been doing this for more than a decade.

What’s one of your 2017 successes? Share it here!


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