As the dumpster fire that is 2021 comes to a close we all need to reflect on what went right this year as well as what went wrong, even if it hurts to take blame for our shortfalls that balance the accolades from triumph.
As a gift I am literally taking a page from my own book to help you close the book on the year and be ready to write a better one for 2022. My Kindle #1 New Release in Professional Development (Every Day Excellence) is a multivitamin for life, meant to be taken every day to help you grow personally and professionally. The end of the year reflection, to assist you in assessing your past year and plan for the next one.
“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way.”
Margaret J. Wheatley
Well, you completed another revolution around the sun. I guarantee that some things went right
this past year better than you could have hoped, some things went wayyy worse than you could
have conceived, and stuff came out of the blue that you never thought of. That my friend is called
life. Before you get into the celebratory mode, it is always good to look back and assess what came
before so that the lessons are not lost. I always take about an hour on my own to look at what went
on with my businesses, my writing, my physical health, and my relationships. I look through my
camera roll, I see what I’ve saved in various social media. I look at who I’ve lost, and who is new to
me and becoming important. I basically do an inventory of my life, because no matter what crap
happens, it is pretty darn good to be me.
Hopefully you can say the same thing after spending a year or so reading this book and developing
yourself into a more excellent version of you. And just like one year rolls into the next as we turn
the calendar from December to January, you can go back to the beginning and go through this
book again to build an even better you based off of your previous growth.
Things that went well:
Things that went poorly:
Ideas for Next Year:
All my life’s a circle;
But I can’t tell you why;
Season’s rolling round again;
The years keep rollin’ by.
“It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, ‘till we
find our place, on the path unwinding.”
And so we turn the page on the calendar as we complete another trip around the sun, returning to
where we were a year ago but different and hopefully better.
Every Day Excellence was designed to not be a cute cat calendar that you flip to the next month
and don’t think about the previous image, but a reusable tool that you go through again and again
with a slightly different perspective at each use. I hope your first pass through it helped you grow,
helped you fill in voids and heal, and maybe broadened your perspective in some relevant ways.
Repeating the exercises again over another cycle will undoubtedly be redundant in some ways but
refreshing like watching a favorite movie or hearing that song you loved a decade ago. Yet it will
also be new in many ways as the person you are today is not the person you were a year ago, and
that evolution has hopefully been aided in some small way by this work.
If you can look back at the previous version of yourself and have found this helpful to your growth,
I ask that you share your experiences to help others. Post on social media if that is your thing.
Or discuss a quote with a coworker. Give a copy of the book to a friend or family member. The
beautiful thing about ideas is that when shared, they multiply instead of being exhausted like other
You can be the catalytic event in helping someone beyond your circle, a ripple that affects others in
a positive way you can never know. I hope that this work is like the wings of a butterfly that creates
a nurturing storm somewhere for you, one that leads to beautiful flowers and fruits in your life.
Thank you for taking a piece of me with you on your journey. May the road rise to meet you, and
the wind be at your back until we meet again.