Telling Your Story and an End-of-Year Review

year end reviewRegardless of how — or if — you celebrate, I wish this for all of you:

a trouble-free time where you’re surrounded by the love of friends and/or family.

This image features a few lines from my favorite Christmas song — Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. I love it because in addition to the well wishes and typical sentimentality of this time of year, it’s nostalgic and forward-thinking.

“Through the years we all will be together, if the fates allow.”

As we mark the close of one year and one just beginning, I always take a moment — usually in a candle-lit room (no fireplace here in Florida) with glass of cabernet — and I reflect on the past year.

These are just a few of the things that enter my mind:

  • Where was I this time last year?
  • What were my challenges at that time?
  • What was I hoping to accomplish for this year that just past?
  • How have I changed?
  • What have I learned?
  • Is the lesson over? Or will it continue?

I make a living showing organization’s how to tell their story. Since every story needs a beginning, middle and end, taking the time to review the past year — like the struggles you’ve faced or the wins you’ve had — is a way to gather content for your story and continue to grow. If you’re shaking me off, try the video below for inspiration.

This song puts me in a reflective mood every time. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can appreciate the nostalgia of the song and of course, the velvet pipes of good ole Frank. Enjoy!

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