Theres only a couple of days before Christmas, a week and a half before the end of the year. During this time I like to do kind of a year-end review. I like to look back at the prior year.

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What did I do right? What did I accomplish? Where did I fall a little bit short of my goals? What are the things that could have done a little bit better? Where could I have shown up a little bit more intentionally? Where could I made more of an impact? Do a personal and professional inventory take stock right of the last 12 months. And then turn the focus.

Find those teachings in the moments, the accomplishments, and maybe the setbacks and really chart the course for the next year. So that’s exactly what I’ve been doing over the last couple of weeks. I don’t just take two full weeks. Obviously I do this in several different intermittent, kind of time blocks, but I like to do it away from the workplace, away from my day-to-day life. So I generally get away for a day or two. I’ve talked about this before. I just wrap this up both personally and professionally,

I’m doing the year review and creating a really strong, robust, audacious, and ambitious plan for next year in all of my businesses and in my personal life.

The overwhelming emotion of what I feel right now is energy, intention, and excitement for what’s ahead. And I hope that all of you do too, because 2020 has been a very challenging year. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on so many different countries, people, businesses, circumstances, and it’s claimed so many lives. But the thing is, it’s also taught us a lot. It’s taught us a lot about our character as a people, a cultural, country. It’s taught us about our resilience as a nation and our people as well.

And it’s taught us a lot about perseverance, the value in staying the course in not giving up on ourself and in finding ways to accomplish our goals, to move forward, to still move the needle against all odds. Against adverse conditions and things that we largely can’t control. So for me, excitement, intention, ambition, are the emotions I’m super excited about next year.

I’ve had a really, really good year of pivoting. We’ve had a lot of big things happen in in my various companies from new hotel acquisitions to a couple more deals to really growing our multimedia company, to scaling up some of our digital courses, to publishing a book. For me personally, graduating grad school, traveling a lot safely throughout this and before this hit and changed the world and a lot of other areas of my life that I feel a true sense of growth, of maturation, of advancement. And I’m grateful for that. So gratitude and humility and thankfulness is the other theme that I’d felt through this process of a year in review 2020. And getting excited about this next year 2021. So if you haven’t already, I suggest you take some time to do this.

Take a personal and professional inventory

If you look on my website in the blog, I create and share a lot of resources here that will help take you through this actual exercise. So you can get a lot of value from it. It’s understanding what the last year looked like, the wins, the failures, right? The successes, the triumphs, the setbacks, and the obstacles, the lessons we’ve learned, and we’ve pulled, things that we need to do better. The relationships, the people, the things, you know, our health, our nutrition, um, our energy level, our productivity, our effectiveness taking stock of all that. And even taking it through kind of a rating system where we were, how we felt, where we want to improve, where we want to grow.

So that’s what I’m focused on right now. I’m super grateful for this year in so many ways, it’s been so challenging in many ways, but so encouraging and rewarding and others. So I hope that you are safe out there. I hope that you’re going to have a healthy and Joyce and restive and really rewarding holiday time here, holiday season with the people you care about the most, your family, your friends and yourself.

Spend some time alone, spend some time doing this, looking at this last year in review and planning to have your best year yet in 2021. Hopefully you get some value from this. If you did, as always, leave me comment or like, share this with somebody who could also benefit from it. And again, to your success, your happiness and your freedom, Merry Christmas, happy holidays, whatever you celebrate. I hope you do it safely. I hope you enjoy it. And I hope you take some time for yourself because you deserve it. Thanks so much. Talk to you soon.

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