Take 15 Minutes to Look Back

I woke up at 2:30 this morning, thinking about the next year, next steps. I do this often when I have something on my mind, like a big idea or project or meeting. Or in this case, the year is ending and I’m getting amped up for the coming year.

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I’m the kind of person who HAS to always be moving forward. In fact, if I’m not moving forward, I feel like I’m falling backward.

But one lesson I seem to always forget is to look back and see what I have actually accomplished.

I’m a goal-oriented, future-facing person. I live for the challenge, for the next summit to conquer.

So I hate to look back. I don’t want to dwell in the past, rather I want to push on toward the next thing.

But I know that’s not healthy, or even right. I acknowledge a huge part of this whole thing called life is also looking back, measuring, reflecting, savoring the joy of another year on earth.

So 12 hours later, I found myself writing about the steps I took and the accomplishments I made in the last year.

I spent 15-20 minutes going through my calendar for the past year (the best way of seeing what I had done). I started by trying to think off the top of my head, but realized the biggies were most likely all on my calendar and they were.

All in all, I listed out about 30-plus incredible experiences, moments, events I was most proud of. (And I know I didn’t capture all of them.)

But after I was done and started to review it … the funniest observation occurred to me:

None of it had to do with money.

On further scrutiny, it all had to do with people. Specifically time with people I like, enjoy, cherish and love. Those were my most beloved moments and accomplishments.

The second category I saw in the events I recorded would be impact. Doing something that had an impact on another person’s life meant a ton to me.

And the final category would be learning.

What a refreshing reminder — people, impact and learning — those are indeed the things I treasure most.

And now I realized I’ve been robbing myself of feeling the joy of my accomplishments for years by not doing this simple 15-minute exercise.

It helped me to …

  • Remember — the awesome things I achieved and experienced through the year.
  • Savor and Celebrate — the memories and experiences again, the good things I’ve used my time, talent and treasure to do.
  • Be Grateful — yet again for the opportunity to experience and achieve them.
  • Remind Myself — Some things in life need to be put on Repeat.

Here’s to 2015. A great year.

And as for 2016, I’m even more optimistic and eager and excited to start on that journey …. but I hope to remember this little exercise so I can relive the awesomeness of another 365 days on earth.

So I’ll just go ahead right now and put a reminder of it on my calendar for 2016 so I can do all this again.

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