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2013 Annual Review & My Three Words For 2014

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annual reviewAs you may know I’m a big fan of goal-setting, so to kick off 2014 I’ll be starting with a proper annual review and by putting my direction for the upcoming year into writing.

To do this, I’ve borrowed some great ideas from two of my favorite bloggers (Chris Guillebeau and Chris Brogan) and created a kind of mashup of what they’ve done as part of their 2014 planning.

The purpose of this post is to show you what I accomplished as well (as what I screwed up) in 2013 and hopefully inspire you to do an annual review and craft three words of your own.

2013 Annual Review

The credit for the annual review idea goes to Chris Guillebeau. He explains:

”To begin the Annual Review, I ask myself two questions and try to come up with at least 6-8 answers to each:

What went well this year?

What did not go well this year?

For these answers, I’m mostly interested in events I have control over. If something didn’t go well that I couldn’t prevent or control, it doesn’t need to go on the list. (Hint: you have control over most things.)”

What went well this year?

  • My physical condition was perhaps better than ever. I spent a lot of time at the gym at the start of 2013 doing the StrongLifts program (which I highly recommend for beginning weightlifters). This helped me stay away from muscle ruptures during the soccer season and I could finally build my stamina to where I want it to be.
  • Me and Lisa moved from the town center to a couple of kilometers outside. This was a big boost for us as we got closer to our family members and nature.
  • I got my certification as Mental Training Practitioner from The Scandinavian International University .
  • Alongside studying mental training I decided to keep immersing myself in human performance and health by studying Sports Science for the coming three years. So far it’s been a lot of fun and I’m intending to share the best of what I learn here on Selfication.
  • Speaking of which, Selfication started taking off.  The subscriber count is steadily increasing and the positive feedback I’ve gotten from some readers is some of the most empowering and motivating stuff I’ve ever received. Keep em’ coming, will ya? 😉
  • I learned a ton. Aside from my studies, I’ve seen some great improvement in my learning curve from implementing small habits in my daily routine (such as watching youtube seminars/TED talks in the mornings, listening to audiobooks and podcasts while walking and reading every night).
  • I’ve finally gotten into the habit of meditating daily. For me it’s been most effective to do this first thing after waking up.

What did not go well this year?

  • I felt sad, frustrated and tired at several different points during the year. This is likely a result of pushing myself to hard while grieving.
  • I ate meat on a couple of different occasions. Not very vegetarian.
  • I didn’t form or join a mastermind group. Hooking up with a group of likeminded people to discuss personal growth, mental training and/or blogging has been on my agenda for a long time now and I haven’t reached out to enough people to make it happen.
  • I didn’t write as much as I would’ve liked. If I’m going to become an great writer, I need to practice it more than I did last year. To do this I’m building a habit of writing for at least 45 minutes every day in 2014. No more of the ”I don’t feel inspired” type lame excuses. Better some awful writing than none at all. 🙂
  • I didn’t read as much as I would’ve liked. This one is related to the previous point. To be a great writer I need to read more.
  • Even though I’m a huge fan of mindfulness, in truth I wasn’t very mindful at all. 2014 I’ll deliberately practice more Stop, Look & Go.

Three Words For 2014

This exercise is borrowed from Chris Brogan. He explains:

”Lots of people pick words that remind them to take a certain action, or to be a certain way. Over the years, I’ve used both methods. Sometimes, my words are a verb. Other times, they’re a bit more complex. The idea is to use the words as triggers for actions you intend to take, and maybe other actions you seek to avoid.

Maybe you want to publish your first book in 2014. That might make one of your words “published.” But the question is, will that remind you DAILY to take an action? Maybe you make the word “300,” as in “write 300 words a day, every day, with no excuses.” See how that works?

Choose three words that reflect every aspect of your life, if you can. If you work too hard on work, your home life and/or your health might suffer. Can you be more holistic in your choices? Maybe the same “300″ that reminds you to write your words will elicit the “300″ movie, with Spartan warriors, more abs than you can count, and a strong reminder to hit the gym every day.

See? Now you’re covering two bases with one word. Heck, maybe you can write your significant other and/or your kids 300 little notes throughout the year to show you love them. Wow! That means you’ve got three parts of your life covered!

And this is important: it has to mean something to you. Who cares if others don’t get it?”

My Three Words (accompanied by some sweet, sweet quotes)

1. Focus

”One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”
– Tony Robbins

In 2014 I’ll have the mindset of a pro. This year, every day, I’ll strive to have relentless laser focus on what I want to achieve. I’m making a commitment and cutting off all other possibilities.

I’ll have a morning routine that reminds of what 3-5 most important tasks I need to complete each day to make my dreams a reality down the road. I’ll focus on my own journey instead of others. I’ll do what I can with what I have in this moment to the best of my abilities and forget about the rest. I’ll avoid being lead astray by stuff that doesn’t align with where I want to go.

2. Learn

”The world belongs to learners. Reading opens up doors you never knew existed.”
– Robin Sharma

Every day, I’ll learn something new about mental training, personal development, writing and blogging. I’ll drop entertainment to make room for education. I’ll model and connect with people who are already doing what I want to do.

It’s crazy how much knowledge is available to us if we just commit to it. And it doesn’t have to cost a dime if we don’t want it to. Free ebooks, free books (at the library), free online training, free podcasts. I mean there are even free seminars on youtube that would cost literally thousands of dollars to attend. I commit to taking advantage of all of these amazing possibilities this year.

3. Share

”You can have everything in life you want, if you just help other people get what they want.”
– Zig Ziglar

Finally, I’ll use what I’ve learned to make a difference in other people’s lives. I’ll cut out the fluff and share actionable advice that others can use to improve the quality of their lives immediately.

Sharing also means connecting. I’ll share more of myself and freely offer my experiences, successes and downfalls. This post is a first step in the right direction. 🙂

And Now…

I hope this post has inspired you to think about your own 2013 successes and failures, and maybe your own three words for the upcoming year.

I’d LOVE IT if you’ share in the comments:

1. Your biggest success and failure of 2013

and/or

2. Your three words for 2014

Also, share these ideas with a friend. That way you can hold each other accountable.

Here’s to an awesome 2014!