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How to Finish Strong: Your Year in Review (Video Post)

Hiya Gorgeous!

As the end of the year approaches, we often turn our attention straight to the new year. And who doesn’t love something new?!

But before the goal-setting and calendar-planning commence, I’ve found that it’s incredibly powerful to pause and reflect. In today’s video, I’ll walk you through how a simple Year in Review exercise can help you find closure, finish strong, and set yourself up for new levels of success this year!

How a Year in Review Exercise Helps You Finish Strong

Read the transcript here…

Kris: So if you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I love doing end of year rituals and start of year rituals. I always love to ground myself in closing the chapter and readying myself to open the next one. And these rituals are really important because they help us metabolize where we’ve been, and they also help us chart in a very intentional way where we’re going. Okay, so we do these exercises every year and ICW (Inner Circle Wellness) some of you have been around for a while, so you’ve done them with me for quite some time. But if you’re new here, welcome. I can’t think of a better way to end this year together and also to start our year coming.

One of the most exciting part about December is, as I said, looking forward and also imagining what’s to come. We love to, you know, vision and and set goals, some of us, or set intentions or really just think about, Oh my gosh, what do I want my life to look like in this coming year? And throughout the ages, we’ve been captivated by fresh starts and new beginnings. Right? This is very normal. A new notebook—remember when we were in school, it was like, oh, my gosh, new notebooks, new pencils, maybe a couple of new outfits or something like that. A new job. Anytime I’ve moved, it’s always exciting to have a new house and like, just start a new chapter in a new space that I can fetter. Perhaps it’s a new wellness retreat routine, a lot of people join ICW in January with the hopes of kicking off a new wellness practice, and it’s a really great time to do it or a new relationship.

So often we put our focus solely on what’s to come. I know I’m not alone there, you might do it too. And when we put our focus on what’s to come, while that’s really great, we often don’t give proper respect and recognition to where we’ve been, especially around this time of the year. And again, this is normal. We all do it, especially if the year that we’re putting to bed was a tough year and we’re really ready to put it behind us and almost like race forward into the new Year because we’re done with what we’ve experienced. But here’s what I found. By spending time reflecting on our successes and our challenges, as well as the ways that we’ve grown and the insights that we’ve developed, we’re better able to honor our lives while using our experiences as stepping stones for our growth. Instead of being like, “Oh, that stunk,” or, “I’m such a failure,” or, “Yet another year, I didn’t do what I wanted to do.”

When we really look back on the previous year, we’re usually astounded by how much growth we made and we’re about to talk about that minute and go really deep into it. And just by putting our attention on that, we really are better able to use what we have learned as stepping stones for the future self that we’re becoming. So looking back allows us to do that learning from our past actions in order to make—what?—more informed decisions in the future. Right? We’re using our past to help us make more informed, better decisions in the future. Decisions that are more in alignment with who we are becoming. Reflecting on where we were compared to where we are now also reminds us of just how far we’ve come. I’m going to keep saying this over and over and over again, because if you’re like me, you may have a habit of being like, “Oh, that’s all?” Meanwhile, I’m forgetting so much. So this is our time to do some deep remembering. This practice can also help us recognize patterns in our life, habitual patterns and habits and themes that if we don’t acknowledge them or become more aware of them, then it’s hard to actually change them. These are the patterns in our behavior, the patterns in our lifestyle choices, which can be really crucial to, you know, have our eyeballs on or just be more conscious of. Especially if we want to break any negative cycles or reinforce the positive ones. And finally saying thank you, having this gratitude, having this ritual, this experience of looking back and saying thank you to the year and the lessons learned allows us to intentionally choose what we want to carry into the next year, and what we want to leave behind. So what we want to carry into the next year and what we want to let go of, what we want to leave behind, what we want to say thank you to with gratitude, but we’re ready to move on.

A few big benefits of pausing to reflect:

1.  A chance to learn from your life.

Let your lessons and experiences from this year lend wisdom to your next!

2. You’re able to recognize patterns.

Break negative cycles and reinforce positive ones.

3.   Plus you’ll experience deep gratitude!

Reflecting gives you a chance to honor the year you’ve had, be thankful for the gifts it brought, and even spot silver linings that appeared in your hardest moments—which is especially important if your heart is craving closure.

Now it’s your turn. What’s one thing you learned or are grateful for this year? Let’s share our wisdom in the comments.

Loving reflection,

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  1. Ellen says:

    I have just start with you program and am looking forward to this next year of working out with you. When I look back on this year (2023) I see that I have done better in my working out then I thought I had ( with Grown Young). My goal for the year 2024 is to work out 4 to 5 days a week and be more mindful of my snacking.

    • Kris Carr says:

      That’s wonderful to hear, and I’m thrilled that you’re joining us for the upcoming year! 🌟 Setting those workout and snacking goals for 2024 sounds fantastic. Remember, we’re here to support you every step of the way on your fitness journey. Here’s to a healthy and active year ahead!

  2. Bernice says:

    I am grateful for another year of life and the strength and wisdom to accept my new reality and make the best of it

  3. jeanne gough says:

    very grateful I was able to go back to my home state of NJ for surgery of a re occurrence for breast cancer

  4. Sharon M. Slobodow says:

    This year! Got married, sold a house, bought a house, got 5 step-kids on top of my 4, learned so much about being in a healthy relationship with my spouse as well as myself. Lost 30 pounds by eating a healthy vegan diet, starch solution and alternate day fasting….and listening to you! Your constant, uplifting messages were exactly what I needed this year to help me through some very scary transitions. I’m 68 years old and was married to the same man for 45 years. He died in 2020, and I was pretty much resigned to living the rest of my life alone with my dogs for company. Then, Adam happened and somehow, I had the courage and self confidence to imagine being someone’s wife again only this time- doing it in a way that made me grow rather than be stifled, enrich my spirit rather than stunt it and FINALLY be happy! I doubt that I would have answered that first Facebook message had I not been infused with your total joy of life and positive reinforcement. I reached out and we are perfect for each other and intend to have a very wonderful rest of our lives together. Thank you so much for everything you do! Happiest of new years to you and your family.

    • Kris Carr says:

      Wow, your journey this year has been nothing short of incredible! 🌟 It’s heartwarming to hear how you’ve navigated through significant life changes and transformations. Your strength and resilience are truly inspiring. I’m thrilled that my messages played a part in your journey, and I’m sending you all the best wishes for a joyful and fulfilling New Year with your loving spouse. May it be filled with continued growth, love, and happiness!

  5. Annette says:

    This year I learned that I have chronic lymphocytic leukemia. I am thankful that Jesus gave me His peace instead of fears. I trust that He is going to heal me. I am thankful for His gracious promises.

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