I know this year has been like no other. So many disappointments and delays. But there’s always something for which to be grateful.
That’s why I encourage you to participate in this annual ritual of writing down your key 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 powerful practice is a simple way to express self love. It will not only make you feel good at a year with so much negativity, it will also give you the confidence and focus you need to achieve your 2021 goals. Consider doing it as an end-of-the-year, team-building exercise at work, as well as with your family and friends. When others are aware of what you see as past successes, they will be more likely to support your future successes.
My 2020 Success List includes welcoming to the family our precious first grandchild. This side-by-side photo shows me and my daughter, Allyson, in 1994 and Allyson with her daughter, Haley, this year. She is such a bright light in our lives! Professionally, I’ve designed my virtual programs to be more engaging and interactive, and have been busy writing testimonials for my marketing clients.
Here’s what to do.
- Download and print My Success List! Make copies for others. There’s room for 20 successes and then you can turn it over and keep on writing!
- 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 gifts that come from setbacks and mistakes. 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 2020 successes? Share it here!