back to Change

Hello, CGHers! It’s officially 2015 (and halfway through January already?!), and we’re excited for a new year of growth and discovery. However, we all know that it’s easier to plan for the future when you have a good handle on your past, so we thought we’d share a powerful tool for all kinds of reflection: the Year in Review exercise. And yes, theoretically these are completed before the turn of the year, but let’s face it: January 1 is an arbitrary day. You can choose to look back, learn, and make major moves anytime you like. 

On the other hand, New Year’s Resolutions tend to peter out pretty quickly – a recent study shows that only 8% of people stick to them. And whatever changes you’re thinking about making in order to create an ever-more-awesome life will be much easier to achieve if you a) have a deep understanding of why you chose them and b) augment them with a sense of satisfaction for what you’ve already accomplished, paired with a frank recognition of what you need to work on. So if you’ve already missed a few resolutions, not to worry. There’s a better way to create positive change.

Luckily, there are some tools out there to help you. Here are a few of our faves: 

  • The Art of Non-Conformity creator/writer/adventurer Chris Guillebeau’s Annual Review template. Check out his articles about what he discovers about himself and how he thinks about the future – he’s an insightful guy.
  • Bullish creator Jen Dzuria’s “Designing Your 2015” e-kit (note: costs $3.99). Jen’s article on designing your 2015 will introduce you to her perspective on goals and owning your future, and it’s very badass.
  • A Life Less Bullshit creator & accountability coach Nicole Antoinette’s free goal-setting e-kit (scroll down a bit to find it). It’ll help you really map out what went down last year and prioritize (because we all have 800 goals!) the things that will bring the best out of 2015. 

We hope that you gain insight and make a concrete plan to create your best life this year! We’re excited to share this journey with you. 

What do you do to reflect and plan for the New Year? Share your strategies in the comments!

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