It’s just the end of the first week of 2019 and it’s already been a long year. The hand of 2018 is beginning to release it’s grasp on my mental and physical energy. This may be the case for each year that passes, but this year even more so. The two weeks from Christmas through the first full week of the new year I tend to spend reviewing and reflecting on the year that was and the year that is to be. 2018 brought with it many successes as I had a record year in my personal real estate business and our office sold more than ever. We started a few flips that have carried over to 2019 as some sort of bridge between the years. Fortunately both will be on the market next week and should be successful projects. We have spent more time than usual on these two because of one of 2018’s worst moments. The call that we all dread was received by my wife. Her father passed away unexpectedly mid year (more to come on how we dealt with this in future posts).
The stress of his passing, handling the estate which is out of state and keeping up with the businesses and kids was at many times to much. 2019 will carry with it much of the same stresses which will be handled with a more experience hand.
Review and Reflect was the theme of our office planning retreat this year. The picture for this post was my initial white board brainstorming. Review/Reflect/Re-envision was a consistent theme in my planning. I believe its crucially important for my business and my personal life to metaphorically and physically jump on the scale. It’s one of my least favorite activities and one of my favorite. The process of looking back at the good and the bad is in itself terrifying. Looking at where I’ve grown and stepping back to see the results of hard work is exciting. This year I got to take my team through the exercise which was nerve wrecking. For some it may have seemed hokey and for others they really got a lot out of it. For me it was an opportunity to grow as a person and as a leader. Helping others grow is part of my personal mission.
The main theme of the reflection portions was a set of questions that included:
What were your wins this year?
What were your biggest struggles of the year? Why and how did you handle them?
What lessons did you learn this year that can help you in 2019?
I have added a link to the pdf that we used for the review and reflect portion.
Going through such an exercise helps peel off the year that was and allows you to take the good and the lessons into planning and living out 2019. Our past, both good and bad carries with it lessons. It’s these lessons of the past that we should carry with us and not the pain and hurt.
Looking into 2019 I am hopeful. Desmund Tutu said “Hope is being able to see the light despite all of the darkness.” I have hope that the dark hours of 2018 were just that, hours. 2019 will have great days, weeks and months.
I like to plan and write down how I believe things should go to make the good days. As the cliche goes “failing to plan is planning to fail.” What I have learned through the years is that flexibility and accepting change of plans needs to be part of the plans. One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 16:9 , “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
This means I have my plans, I have my desires and ideas, however if I am open to listening to true wisdom my steps will be directed towards a higher plan.
The second week of January is truly my start to the year. I’ve had my time to review and reflect, to rest and recharge. I must now implement. I must now do my best to grow each day and progress each day towards my goals and my vision all the while being open to a better vision.
My hope for you is that you take some time to reflect on your 2018 and create a beautiful vision for 2019.