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How Did the Year Go? The Need for End-of-Year Review

As the year draws to a close, there’s a powerful tradition that often goes overlooked: the need to review the year. In the fast-paced world we live in, taking the time for introspection and self-assessment is a crucial step towards personal growth and fulfilment. One reason why you are not growing is that you don’t set objectives to reach your New Year resolutions, and most importantly, you don’t review your resolutions at the end of each year. Now, let’s explore the significance of yearly review, drawing wisdom from three online self-help books.

Embracing Change with “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle:

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Consequently, it’s easy to get caught up in the past or future, neglecting the present moment. “The Power of Now” emphasizes the significance of living in the present. Reflecting on the year gone by allows us to identify positive and negative patterns that may have shaped our experiences. Practical solution: Set aside dedicated time for reflection every day, journal key moments every week, and identify areas for growth every month. This will help you track your personal progress. In fact, the detriments of not doing it result in remaining stuck in old habits, and missing opportunities for positive change.

Building Resilience through “Mindset” by Carol S. Dweck:

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In the quest for self-improvement, mindset assumes a pivotal role. Dweck’s book delves into the dichotomy of a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset. Through reviewing the year, we gain insight into our responses to challenges and setbacks. In order to practically address this, take the time to evaluate your reactions to adversity, recognizing areas where a fixed mindset may have impeded your progress. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”. A fixed mindset may have caused you to miss an opportunity that would have catapulted your growth. Well, nobody will admit that they had a fixed mindset; not until they review their year. All in all, what options did you have and what is your opportunity cost on the major decisions you made?

Cultivating Gratitude with “The 5-Minute Journal” by Intelligent Change:

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Gratitude is a powerful force that can transform our outlook on life. Thus, “The 5-Minute Journal” encourages daily reflection on positive experiences. Reviewing the year helps us recognize and appreciate the blessings amidst the challenges. Practical solution: Create a gratitude list for the year, acknowledging both big and small moments of joy. After realizing all your mistakes, there are definitely some good deeds that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Who helped you, who did you help, who do you regret not helping and who have you taken for granted? Write a simple thank you message to all the people on your list and wish them a Happy New Year.

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, let us commit to the practice of reviewing the year gone by. Drawing wisdom from “The Power of Now,” “Mindset,” and “The 5-Minute Journal,” we can embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and gratitude. The detriments of neglecting this reflective process are the missed opportunities for personal development and the potential for repeating unproductive patterns. In reality, the benefits are immense—increased self-awareness, resilience, and a profound sense of gratitude that can pave the way for a more fulfilling and purpose-driven life. Embrace the transformative power of yearly reflection and step into the new year with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility. Happy New Year

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