I recently had the divine pleasure of a long weekend in Roma to run a special retreat for 8 people. Visiting the Trevi Fountain is always a highlight for anyone happening upon Rome- throwing a coin into the aqua water (above) to make a wish. And whilst doing just that, I also realized that there isn’t really such a thing as a wish or wishful thinking. There are really only intentions and dreams that we decide to make into goals. Certain choices we make and things that fascinate us that we decide to put on the radar to bring to fruition – if that is what is meant to be. Often I find that life even has much better things in store for us than what our wildest dreams and wishes could ever imagine.
No matter what the year has thrown at me – I LOVE and REVERE this time of year as we get down to the last two weeks before we say goodbye to 2017. For many many years I have been facilitating something I call CLOSE OUT STRONG. I do it as a facilitated process over a few weeks PLUS offer it as a 5-day process done from ANYWHERE in the world. I never forget my first year as a life coach in 2003 and I decided to create this process for myself. I just knew I needed to look back before looking forward. It became part of my annual ritual. A way to make sense of the year gone by in order to help me STEP UP in the next year to come.
It is the loose ends with which (wo)men hang themselves. Zelda Fitzgerald
Why do we even care about CLOSING OUT STRONG?
Well your mind and heart finds it easiest to remember the start and the end of anything. So how you kicked off the year and how you say goodnight and put it to bed, are what matter most. I know you have been thrown some challenges, both acute and chronic this year. My circle of clients, friends, family, colleagues feel the same way- it’s all there written on the walls – the Ups and Downs. Downs and Ups. The question simply is- what have been YOURS been this year?
It’s not ALL good or ALL bad is it? Depending on where you are right now it can be too easy to fixate on one of the polarities.
I am passionate about teaching and living the art of letting go, and we need to let 2017 go! We need to harness all the amazing insights and lessons from it, say thank you where required, and pat ourselves on the back for the awesome stuff too.
It can be super easy to do, you just need to create a pocket of time. But you might also want some direction and pointers of what I do in my own life and with clients.
Where you start is not as important as where you finish! Zig Ziglar
If you feel that some conscious questions could help you close out the year, here are a 6 short extracts taken from the 5-day process CLOSE OUT STRONG.
1. Describe 2017 as if it was the title of a book to capture the ESSENCE or THEME of the year. Be creative and wacky if need be.
2. What are you most PROUD of this year?
3. Find one HIGHLIGHT in each of the following 8 aspects of your life, to ensure you do a full sweep of your life.
Home & Family
Fun & Leisure
Relationships & communication
4. What was your #1 CHALLENGE this year?
5. What QUALITIES / STRENGTHS did you call on to overcome this challenge?
6 . LOOSE ENDS? Is there anything that would be awesome to complete in order to finish off the year STRONG? Could be a last minute appointment to book, finishing that business plan, sending thank you letters, helping someone in your circle, saying yes to that piece of work…
Anything that will give you the final close out you deserve?
For even more insight for yourself, you can do the full 5 day process where we
1) STEP IN – Reflect on your year gone by with purpose
2) STEP UP – Complete the dreaded incompletes lurking, draining your energy
3) HARNESS your year’s wisdom with hindsight to amke the most of it
4) Acknowledge all-important USHERS in your life – a special process!
5) Put the year elegantly to bed and LET GO.
6) STEP OUT into 2018 with clarity and enthusiasm.
Don’t drag 2017 into the new year with you!
Set yourself up for an amazing start to 2018
WANT MORE TO GET MORE FROM YOUR YEAR?
If you want to get the full 5-day process usually charged at R887 you can grab it less 33% by using the coupon code CLOSEOUT in the online shop. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT IT. Will cost you under 500 south African buckeroos.