How to Extract the Lessons From Your Past to Propel You Forward

We’ve all seen the depressing statistics on how long people are able stick to their New Year’s Resolutions.

Absolutely abysmal!

It’s enough to turn anyone away from the practice setting goals, ever.

There’s such an emotional jadedness to New Year’s Resolutions, it seems, that we tend to avoid it like the plague. Know what I mean?

But if we’re willing to look beneath the surface and look at why people fail to achieve their goals, we will have gone further than 90% of the population. And one thing successful people have in common is they are willing to do what most people are not.

Since you are still here, I’m assuming you are not “most people”!

The thing about New Year’s goal-setting is, it can very well become a drug to help you forget the pain of all the goals that have gone unachieved. This explains why some people do it over and over again, without ever looking back to evaluate their past performance.

I know, because I used to do this for years! (Confession time:)

I would enthusiastically open a blank page in my journal every time New Year’s would come around and write an elaborate list all the lofty goals I intended to achieve that year – without a moment’s reflection on the past 12 months I had just experienced.

It was not until fairly recently that I realized that in doing this, I was cheating myself of the opportunity to learn from the many lessons, insights and wisdom that I had to gain by reviewing my past objectively.

This was the inspiration behind the Honor Your Past exercise you’ll find in my value-packed guide, Envision 2019: The Essential Guide To Planning Your Best Year Ever. Download it now to get your hands on my proven system for planning your best year ever!

The great aha for me was that you don’t learn from experience, as most people believe; you only learn from evaluated experiences.

For me, this distinction is huge. By being willing to review your past in a judgment-free way, you have opened yourself to a wealth of knowledge and wisdom, an education you cannot get anywhere else. Because let’s face it, The Book of Your Own Life is irreplaceable and unique, containing the specific lessons meant for you and you alone.

When I have a great aha, I love to turn it into a system, because it makes life so much easier when you have effective systems in place. So here are the set of questions I ask myself to extract the golden nuggets from the year that has been.

One thing I have learned from experience is that asking yourself the right questions at the right time saves you a ton of time, wasted efforts and heartache.

It’s a pretty good bargain all around: By investing just 30 minutes to answer these critical questions, you avoid the pitfalls you fell into in the past, strategize how to overcome them, and you get an informed, realistic vision of how to make progress toward your most cherished goals.

In another words, you apply self-understanding to your Vision crafting and planning process. This is gold!

In reviewing your past, it’s important to be super-kind to yourself. Acknowledge yourself for the exceptional person that you are. Saturate yourself with a feeling of self-worth, and self-love for being willing to look at what most people avoid. 

And here’s another important tip: Always start your review process by celebrating your wins!

It’s just human nature – our brain loves the feeling of winning, the feeling of achievement. So be very generous with celebrating what you did right, because you absolutely deserve it!

So here are some of the important questions you can ask yourself to mine your past for insights & lessons from my Envision 2019 Guide to Planning Your Best Year Ever.

For the full process, click here to download the entire Guide!

What went well?

  • What are you most proud of accomplishing this past year?
  • What projects & endeavors that brought you the biggest results?
  • What projects & endeavors were most meaningful for you, or brought you the most joy?
  • What were the 3 key relationships you nurtured this past year?
  • Where did financial abundance flow from this past year?

Where is there room for improvement?

  • What didn’t turn out as planned and why?
  • If you had a “do-over card,” what would you have done differently?
  • Looking back, what do you wish you had done more of this past year?
  • What do you wish you had done less of last year?

Allow yourself to notice what comes up for you – both thoughts and feelings. Give yourself the gift of acknowledging whatever comes up, with great self-honesty and love.

I know this isn’t the easiest thing to do, so consider getting through these questions a great win, and reward yourself in an uplifting way.

Congratulations! You have just done what most people avoid doing, putting you in the elite top 10%.

I’m curious – what insights surfaced for you in answering the above questions?

Post a comment sharing your insights, and each post will qualify as one entry into a final drawing for a one-on-one session with me where we’ll work together to:

  • Clarify your vision
  • Identify your hidden challenges that are holding you back and
  • Get clear on your Best Next Step toward your Dream!

If you have NOT yet grabbed the Envision 2019: The Essential Guide to Planning Your Best Year Evermake sure you download it now!

So, are you still on the fence about planning your Best Year Ever, or are you in?

If you’re IN, let’s continue this journey together so that we can arrive at the end of the year feeling clear and confident, empowered to step into the New Year ready to build massive momentum toward your Goals and Dreams.

In my next post, we’ll

The Envision 2019 Guide is my heartfelt gift to you. Simply click here to access it and stay tuned for more actionable content to set you up to make 2019 the Best Year Ever!






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