Alternative to New Year's Resolution's; Past Year Review
It is getting to be that time we reflect on our accomplishments of the year and look to set new goals new habits for the upcoming year. As Tony Robbins has said, “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” It's all about creating momentum in building new habits. We must grow (in our character) or we die. (spiritually). What makes people happy is progress i.e. growth. We must grow in order to feel we contribute and make a difference. So let’s build momentum for ourselves in order to continue to grow.
In the process of assessing this past year and setting up this coming new year for success, I am going to use Tim Ferriss’ Past Year Review (PYR) This is the story behind Tim’s Past Year Review and how to do it.
“I’m often asked about how I approach New Year’s resolutions. The truth is that I no longer approach them at all, even though I did for decades. Why the change? I have found “past year reviews” (PYR) more informed, valuable, and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions. I did my first PYR after a mentor’s young daughter died of cancer on December 31st, roughly eight years ago, and I’ve done it every year since. It takes 30-60 minutes and looks like this:
Grab a notepad and create two columns: POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.
Go through your calendar from the last year, looking at every week.
For each week, jot down on the pad any people or activities or commitments that triggered peak positive or negative emotions for that month. Put them in their respective columns.
Once you’ve gone through the past year, look at your notepad list and ask, “What 20% of each column produced the most reliable or powerful peaks?”
Based on the answers, take your “positive” leaders and schedule more of them in the new year. Get them on the calendar now! Book things with friends and prepay for activities/events/commitments that you know work. It’s not real until it’s in the calendar. That’s step one. Step two is to take your “negative” leaders, put “NOT-TO-DO LIST” at the top, and put them somewhere you can see them each morning for the first few weeks of 2019. These are the people and things you *know* make you miserable, so don’t put them on your calendar out of obligation, guilt, FOMO, or other nonsense.
That’s it! If you try it, let me know how it goes.
And just remember: it’s not enough to remove the negative. That simply creates a void. Get the positive things on the calendar ASAP, lest they get crowded out by the bullshit and noise that will otherwise fill your days. Good luck and godspeed!”
I’d love to hear your experiences doing the Past Year Review.
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