We may have jumped ahead by planting the seed for your One Powerful Word 2012, but let’s not forget to capture our 2011 life lessons.
They are precious gems, indeed!
Have you ever noticed how insights that are so uplifting in one moment seem to dissolve in the next?
Unless we capture them and actually practice integrating them into our being, they will vanish into the mists.
How to Capture Your 2011 Life Lessons
I’ve recently read six extraordinary articles that offer different slants on learning from our life experiences. Some focus on 2011, one goes all the way back, and one focuses on the present moment, the culmination of 2011 and all our years.
I would like to do all these processes! So I bet one of them may ring true for you.
- How to Do a Reflection and Intention Process for the End of the Year from Maia Duerr at The Liberated Life Project
Maia recommends taking a full day to focus on reflection and journaling on the past and coming year. She offers 5 keys questions to deeply stimulate your thought process, including celebrating the positive. She describes intentions in the following way and explains how intentions link to goals:
“Intentions come from the heart and soul – they are rooted in the values that are most important to you. An intention is connected to your life’s purpose, and is a specific way of expressing it at a given time in your life.”
- Listen and Reflect: Your Story Has Secrets to Share from Aileen at Kaizen Vision
Aileen offers an even more ambitious project. She asks you to reflect and listen to your life story – starting at the beginning – and offers 15 questions to enable the process. By knowing your life story, you can change any elements of it that no longer fit. She invites you to:
“Do yourself a wonderful favor, and listen to your life story. Identify your life patterns. See what you need to change within your mind and your habits. See what you have changed and what you’ve accomplished and celebrate your successes, all of them, the big ones and the tiny ones.”
- How to Give Yourself the Gift of a New Story Around Love, Money, and Relationships from Tony Teegarden at Tony Teegarden (dot) com
Tony explains the whole idea of a life “story” – or belief – in detail and how it can limit your life. He then offers a simple template for examining the stories you’ve created in 7 different areas of your life. He says:
“When I ask, what is your story costing you, I mean what is it you’re having to sacrifice to hold onto the belief your story is supporting? Is it costing you fulfillment, satisfaction, love etc in that area of life?”
- Reflection on the Journey from Galen Pearl at 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There)
Another way to reflect on the year is to use Galen Pearl’s 10-step happiness template. Although you may not have been following the process throughout the year, Galen’s personal reflections illustrate the model perfectly. Instead of going month-by-month, you can use the key concepts as a way to frame your reflections for the entire year.
- All Things Must End: The Gift of Closure from Manal at One with Now
Looking at life from the angle of change and relationships through the lens of clarity and wisdom, Manal invites us to find closure, let go of what’s holding us in the past, and open to new beginnings.
“When you accept, you put yourself in the driver seat and steer your life towards closure.
You choose to close this chapter. What was is over—regardless of why and how…
And the best part about closure is that it’s always up to you. No one can take it away from you. When you decide to let go and move on, no one can stop you—other than you.”
- How to End This Year On a Fabulously Positive Note from Zeenat Syal at Positive Provocations
Zeenat offers eminently practical tips for clearing out on a physical level in order to start the new year on a fresh note as well as encouraging us to engage in introspection.
“Take these last few days of the year to bring harmony and balance in your living and working environment. Walk around your personal spaces and sense what’s working and what’s not. Open the drawers, step in the garage, look into all the nooks, crannies, and dark spaces.”
In addition to using one or more of these methods, you could complement your writing by creating a collage, painting a picture, or assembling a collection of memorable photos. Or simply picture 2011 in one of these ways as a reflection on its own and forget the words!
This has been a challenging and powerful year for me. This morning, I found myself vigorously extracting key lessons from my journal and contemplating how to carry them forward. I know this is just the beginning of my process. As such, I’m grateful for the additional insights and prompts offered by these six remarkable and caring individuals.
Whatever method you choose, I hope it will be a meaningful process for you. Letting go of the past and bringing life lessons forward is a terrific way to springboard into the future.
How are you reflecting on 2011? Do you have any key lessons to share with us?
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