I’m sure I’m in great company with all the other December writers asking you to consider doing an ‘annual’ review! What did you set out to accomplish when 2017 was ushered in?  How often did you review your ‘goals’ list as one month followed another?  Did you fall short, meet or exceed your expectations?  Or, just maybe, you didn’t bother because either you simply ‘live life’ as it presents itself or setting goals just isn’t your thing.  In any case, you’ve made it this far, had experiences both favorable and not so pleasurable and you are now facing yet another New Year.

Wherever you are in your personal/professional life, at some point you’re likely to ‘look back’ to consider what did or didn’t work.  Did you carry out your exercise commitment?  Did you finally lose and keep off unwanted weight?  Did you take the class you told yourself you would?  Maybe you really did stay connected with those that are important to you.   Did you learn new skills, strengthen your spiritual beliefs, volunteer or reach out to others in need?

It’s not for anyway to judge or hold you accountable for anything you did or didn’t do. That’s up to you.  As for me, I find that my focus strengthens, my resolve stays consistent and my outcome worthy of my efforts when I do outline future plans based on past results.  Maybe you will consider ‘looking back’ and deciding for yourself what you might do differently in the future based on the year about to spring forth as 2018.  

You and I know, life is a gift.  Regardless of what we do, what happens with or without our consent, life is still a gift. Being grateful and not taking time for granted are reasons enough to make the best of the days you do have.  As you usher in the new year, take some time to consider your good fortune and implement a plan that fits your style, your desires and the outcome you want when the following ‘next’ year rolls around.

I welcome you to comment on one or two choices you will pursue and for which you will hold yourself accountable! It’s an exercise worthy of your time and you are worthy of having the best life possible!
 

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  • Tamay
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    I always take the time to look back! Every time I do I get present to what I have actually accomplished! It usually surprises me and inspires me to keep moving forward.

    • Bonnie Ross-Parker
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      Thanks for your feedback! It’s always a revelation to ‘look back’, to review and to plan for the future. So happy to have your endorsement of it’s value to do just that!

  • Carol Neal
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    I think this will be a great exercise and my first choice is to set aside some time this weekend to really review the past year and my overall goals for 2018 and design a plan I can implement.

  • bonnie ross-parker
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    One of the beautiful cornerstones of Xperience Connections, and with you as its CEO, is the opportunity for sister participants to share insights with each other. I hope we’ll have some inter-active conversations early in 2018 to express goals and help one another through accountability. Thanks for your comment, Carol.

  • Jennifer
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    Contrary to social convention, and your theme, I’m committing to NOT looking back, or too far forward, in order to learn to be in the present.

    • bonnie ross-parker
      Reply

      I think what IS relevant is what works for each individual. There is nothing to replace what IS! Being mindful is key. Thanks for commenting, Jennifer!

  • Teresa Hager
    Reply

    Great words to ponder. Happy New Year Bonnie!

  • bonnie ross-parker
    Reply

    Just me giving my followers something to think about! Thanks for your comment and that you are paving the way for a great 2018!

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