Another year is very quickly coming to an end.
Most of us, all be it unconsciously, tend to mentally review the year – we scan our lives thinking about what we gained, achieved, won or lost.
Was it a good/bad year?
Did I achieve all out I set out to do?
Where could I have done better?
Which goals did I not achieve, again?
At the same time, we make promises to ourselves about the coming year.
This will be the year when……..
or, this year I will definitely………….
I think it is a somewhat normal mind-game for people to play. Especially for those of us that don’t have our 3 monthly goals all worked out every year, we tend to save these musings for the very nostalgic part of the year- the Festive Season.
There is just something about this time of year that makes one want to reevaluate life – both backward and forward.
Instead of just allowing random thoughts of purpose and worthiness to fill our heads at this time, there is a semi-structured process that can be used instead- and it is both fun and more beneficial.
The Review/Preview Process
Sam Horn an acclaimed Author, Speaker, and Coach created the Review-Preview process which helps you reflect on the passing year and helps clarify what it is you want in the coming year.
As one user has described it as “sort of a verbal vision board.”
10 Review Questions:
What is a favorite place I discovered, explored or spent time in?
Who is someone who really impacted me? How so?
How did I change? What new/different beliefs and behaviors did I adopt?
What’s a meaningful achievement or skill acquired I’m proud of?
What happened that was unexpected or surprising? How did it affect me?
What will I remember about my health from this year – and why?
What was my biggest challenge – lesson learned the hard way?
What did I NOT make time for – and I wish I had?
What is the best book I read or movie/TV program I saw? Why?
What experience and/or person am I most grateful for? Why?
10 Preview Questions:
Who is someone I want to spend more quality time with? How will I do that?
How will I contribute, give back, make a difference for others?
What is one specific way I will stay active and take good care of my health?
What is a new experience or place I want to explore? When will I do this?
What is a meaningful goal or skill I’d like to achieve/acquire by the end of the year?
Who is a new person I’d like to meet? How will I reach out to that person?
What or who do I miss that I’m going to bring back into my life? How?
What is a morning ritual or spiritual practice I’ll do to start each day off right?
What is one thing I’ll do every week to bring joy into my life?
How will I be a better person – parent – partner – leader in the coming year?
Try a Review/Preview Party
Short on novel party themes or ideas? Why not throw a Review-Preview party for your closest friends. Or use it as a way to connect to that someone special in your life.
As you can imagine, there may not be enough time for people to answer all these questions but guests are welcome to choose which questions are most meaningful to them. Or, you can pare the list down to the questions you feel are most relevant.
I promise, it will be time well spent, time well remembered, time well invested.
What better way to bring structure to your thoughts around life and what gives you joy.
Review-Previews are a way to celebrate being alive – for our heart and head to be conscious of life’s treasures.
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As Thornton Wilder said, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
Wishing you all a wondrous Christmas and Inspired New Year!