Go Back to the Beginning
Review your goals. What did you set out to achieve in each dimension of your life? Is there still work to do? Schedule time (remember, what gets scheduled, gets done) to complete your goals. It could be as simple as making a phone call. Completing a to do. Or recommitting to one of your daily best practices. Not only will this ensure that 2008 was your best year ever, it sets you up to start 2009 with a clean slate.

Review Your Performance
Open your journal and write the story of your year. What happened? What did you do? What surprised you? Remember to list all of the things you accomplished (especially those that weren’t on your goal list). You’ll be surprised at how much you did. (Tip: look at your calendar/schedule for the year to see how you invested your time.)

Write down the five to ten lessons that you learned this year. Ensure that you don’t lose these lessons by incorporating them into your goals for next year.

Recognize People
Few things are as powerful as a sincere, hand-written thank-you note. Share your gratitude with those who helped you this year. Tell them how they helped you and what it meant to you.

-by Robin Sharma

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