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SOAR2017 Motivational Workshop
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My end of year ritual

year end review

Every year, in the run up to Christmas I purposefully make time to reflect on the year just gone. In the company of a few close friends, usually by an open fire, we look back over the last 12 months through a lens of gratitude and learning. Christmas can be stressful; this ritual is my antidote.

Grab a pen and paper and maybe a cup of something warm and give yourself the gift of 20 minutes relaxation and reflection.

  • What 5 things are you most grateful for as you look back over 2016? (And you don’t need to limit it to 5!)
  • When (and why) were you most proud of yourself in 2016?
  • What was your best decision?
  • What are you most happy about completing in 2016?
  • With the benefit of hindsight what would you have done differently in 2016?
  • What was your most joyous manifestation in 2016?
  • What was an unexpected positive surprise for you in 2016?
  • What was your biggest insight/ learning/ ‘aha moment’ of 2016?
  • When did you have your biggest laugh?
  • Which person had the most influence or biggest impact on you in 2016?
  • What was your favourite trip (big or small?)
  • What was your most memorable meal?
  • When did you feel most yourself? (Aligned/ ‘in the zone,’ ‘in the right place at the right time.)
  • What did you begin in 2016 that might endure?
  • What simply brought you the most joy in 2016?
  • What advice would you give yourself going into 2017?

Taking time out to ponder these questions, especially in conversation with good friends or family, is a real gift. Of course, for many years I also ensure that I buy myself an actual tangible gift for Christmas too. We can all benefit from a healthy dose of self-appreciation, and buying yourself a present, even something small, is a symbolic way of acknowledging everything you do well every day.

Wishing you wonderful and wonder-filled Christmas.

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Join me at SOAR2017 for an evening of motivation & goal-setting and make 2017 your best year yet. The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2, Thursday January 19th 6.30pm-9pm. Tickets €60 including refreshments. Early bird tickets available until Dec. 24th just €50.