How to Motivate Yourself with a Yearly Life Review


Many people have difficulty appreciating themselves or being proud of what they have accomplished. Each birthday (today) I conduct a yearly review. It is important because it helps me take stock of where I was at the start of last year, get a good sense of what I achieved and set a new path for the year to come.

I was amazed at what Lifemoves and I achieved in the last 2-3 years when I filled out the business profile for the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Business Excellence Award Nominees. This profile didn’t even include my personal life’s accomplishments.
Achieving a goal is fleeting, however the journey is ongoing. Enjoying the journey and celebrating the victories is where happiness is found. While writing university papers, I learned to accept a level of completeness that received a decent grade when I hit deadlines before feeling “done” with the paper. When there was more time, I would continue to tweak and edit until I thought it would achieve the maximum mark.
One project, a periodized training program for a boxer, actually received 100%! Perfection is a moving target, rarely achieved and not profitable (Business Coaches -Fiona Walsh, FMWalsh; Steven P. Hill, Focused Management Solutions). To prevent a downward spiral back to depression, I focus on the progress I make, the lessons I learn while continuing to smile, laugh and enjoy the journey I am on.
Significant Accomplishments of 2009-2010
  1. Personal credit card debt significantly reduced – completed
  2. Business in a more sustainable financial situation – completed
  3. Being the fittest I have been in 5 years – completed
  4. Having enough cash flow that I am not living month to month – completed
  5. Personal best on Grouse Grind 39:56 2009 – completed today new PR 39:13, this puts me in the 90th percentile of Grouse Grinders!
  6. Business growth of 30% – not complete – we did grow by 15%
  7. Run the Seek the Peak Grouse Mountain – completed
  8. International professional recognition – completed
  9. Healthier nutrition habits – 1/4 of the way. I am more conscientious of my choices and aware of the choices I need to make. I have had weeks where my nutrition habits were excellent. progress
  10. Give back more to the community – hosted a Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser, participated in Movember, contribute regularly to the Grouse Grind Facebook group. completed
  11. Write a book – I have several ideas which I am testing with the blog posts. This year I am looking forward to actually doing the research and putting something in writing. I have great ideas for multimedia books. progress
  12. Write at least twice per month for my blogs. – completed
  13. Volunteer at the 2010 Olympics – shared with my Father completed
  14. Participate in more outdoor activities on the North Shore – progress, I have the Garmin and I have completed the Grind twice per week since June 12th.
Goals for Sept 10, 2010 to be completed by Sept 10, 2011
  1. Complete Seek the Peak in under 2 hrs – benchmark is 2:24:00
  2. Complete Grouse Grind in sub-36 min – benchmark is 39:13
  3. Compete in two additional trail running races.
  4. Publish an e-resource that includes videos.
  5. Retire my personal credit card debt.
  6. Grow Lifemoves more organically, but again by 15%.
  7. Eat 70-90% of meals at home.
  8. Cross Country Ski again at least twice this winter.
  9. Snowshoe biweekly during the winter.
  10. Participate in or create more fund raising activities.
  11. Get at least 30 minutes more sleep per night.
  12. Strengthen and deepen personal relationships.
  13. More in depth implementation of Getting Things Done method (GTD)
I believe that my birthday is the start of my life’s next fiscal year. What have you accomplished in the last year? What will you accomplish next year? Please share. It will help you realize and acknowledge how amazing you are, help you visualize your next goals and make you more accountable.
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One thought on “How to Motivate Yourself with a Yearly Life Review

  1. wow! Great accomplishment and goals. Thanks for inspiring me.I used to be very active until I was 20 years old. Then I moved to Canada and for almost 7 years I didn't do any exercise and was a couch potato, I isolated myself a lot. My main focus was working full-time and long hours. i started having depression. 4 years ago I joined a gym and started feeling better about myself. Last year I started making small goals for myself. Started running again in 2009, did sun run this year, did GG and now will do BMO race. Small little step and now my self esteem is getting better. GG challenged me to excersice more but also challenge myself to meet new people and interact. I am a shy person and communication is a very hard thing for me to do. Having something in common like the grind helps. Your input on gg facebook and encouragement helped me a lot. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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