The definition of year includes 12 months. While the suggestion is that January is month one and December is month twelve, consider:
- Does your personal cycle have 12 months? More? Less?
- Does your personal cycle begin with January and end with December?
It occurs to me to share with you this thought:
The calendar, clocks, time … these are humanly created constructs to help us organize ourselves. They can be very helpful. They can also be confining or limiting; they can take over when we let the numbers tell us what *should be happening*. So while I offer you this year-end review, even that idea might not be helpful to you at this time of your life. Please, listen within and follow your inner guidance.
As I write today, it is December 8, 2020. My personal year runs from March through February so I’ll not be completing my EOY review this month. [NOTE: in 2020, my available window for days of sacred space came in early February! So I began my year a month early.] I am continuing with my February 5, 2020 annual commitment (in addition to the March 2019 commitment to the coming decade). My annual commitment can be summed up with:
2020-21: the year I am guided by I AM and MAP
This likely meaningless phrase to you, looks like this to me:
and the (P) of MAP adds (P)lay which I have discovered is enveloped by Authenticity if I am deeply honest. And “I AM” values resonate at two levels:
- In Consciousness, Spirit, Essence, Truth
- On the human, manifest plane
This reminds me to be fully present in this now moment to all of me, body, mind, heart, soul. It also points to my truth that I am not alone. Rather, I am always traveling with Spirit (Life Essence, the Universe, Consciousness, …) as my partner.
The commitment I heard in March of 2019 and made to the next decade of my life is this:
Crossing the threshold into trusting Spirit as I move through the decade.
As the next step on my 2020-21 and 2019-2029 journeys, I am committing again to STAY on the journey of my life. It isn’t the same as yours. But as I respect my journey, my being, as I tend to my needs, I am ever more able to be with you on your journey, understand the challenges you face and trust that you are ever so capable of creating the life YOU want to lead.
If now, December, is your time to do an annual review, then mark your calendar for a minimum of two hours, maximum of 4-8 or maybe an entire weekend to do your personal year-end, year-begin process.
Why do a year-end review?
As your personal calendar year draws to a close, I’d like to invite you into a very intentional pause – a pause to reflect, release, soak up the learning, and set intention. Think about this statement:
Step One: What is present now?
First, we’ll begin by noticing what is present now. Take a few moments to get quiet, become still. If you meditate, consider using meditation before each step of this process.
Step Two: How did you get here?
Take a look at the year just ending and ask:
Who did you spend time with?
What habits did you practice?
What did you avoid?
In what ways did you honor your personal core values?
In what ways did old belief systems, inner gremlins, take charge and divert you from your intentions?
What breakthroughs happened?
What accomplishments are you celebrating?
In what ways did you let your unique essence shine in the world?
Refer back to your daily planner, if it would help, to jog your memory!
Step Three: What will be different?
Third, what do you want to be different one year from now? Pretend it is 12 months down the road. Answer that first question again:
Step Four: Get clarity on the year ahead
If there was a single overriding theme for the year ahead of you, what would it be? Create a statement:
2021: The year I ______ for the sake of _____.
2021: The year I say YES to new opportunities for the sake of my fully empowered self!
2021: The year I listen to my heart and soul truth for the sake of my growth.
With that theme in mind, consider breaking the year ahead into quarters or months, and create a simple focus, a stake for your personal life leadership, for each. Here are some examples:
2021-Q1: The quarter I love myself into full expression!
2021-Q2: The quarter I courageously market my business!
2021-March: The month I tell the world about Inspiration Cards!
2021-June: The month I create a daily meditation practice in nature
2021-December: The month I connect to my inner self and share from gratitude in my relationships.
Mark your new year calendar with these simple, clear intentions and remind yourself daily as the year moves on.
Step Five: Enhance your support system for the year ahead
Consider whether life coaching would be the ultimate in support for your expansive life in the new year.