The Year in Reflection Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 258

As the year comes to a close and another is about to start, I started to reflect on some of my key learning and insights this past year and the questions I ask myself. Here is what I came up with:

January:

  • Insights are consistently around us as they leave their trails and hints. We just need to heighten our senses and learn from our surroundings.
  • We are what we think about and the thoughts we allow into our minds. Handle with care.
  • What do you need to do in order to eliminate distractions and nonsense entering your mind next year?

February:

  • Offer a concierge / VIP service to your clients.
  • Provoke them to think differently and mobilize them to take action and make a positive and impactful change.
  • What is the remarkable new offerings you will provide your clients next year?

March:

  • Be there for your clients when they need you both mentally and emotionally.
  • Any goal or project, no matter how complex, can be broken down into five moves to take it from inception to fruition.
  • What do you need to do to become the best version of yourself in the next 12 months?

April:

  • Create adventures in your life to push the boundaries and expand the landscape of your life and business.
  • Discover your purpose here on earth and the transformation you help provide for others and yourself.
  • What will you do next year to help your clients reach new heights?

May:

  • Create your daily rituals that become your compass and oxygen to guide and propel you to move through the day with energy, passion and enthusiasm to achieve your goals.
  • Keep providing your clients and prospective clients with powerful and genuine value, that significantly impacts their futures, and see the relationship soar.
  • What questions and concerns have you heard from your clients this year and how will they shape and create your new product and service offerings next year?

June:

  • Identify the value you provide that enables you to achieve the freedom to choose.
  • Publish your ideas and insights on a variety of platforms and see your digital empire and recognized thought leadership grow.
  • What hobby will you start or improve to enrich your life next year?

July:

  • Bust down the myths that are holding you back.
  • Testimonials are the powerful social proof that create the credibility and convince your future clients to become your current clients.
  • Are there toxic relationships that you should eliminate now or next year?

August:

  • Improve your masterpiece creation and make sure it is effective, thoughtful, valuable and pithy.
  • It’s always time to reinvent your life, your business and that of your clients’. Make every day count.
  • Do you have the courage to do what it takes to be successful next year?

September:

  • Evaluate the mission critical areas of your life and business and make sure you not only have plan A and B in place, but possible even plan C.
  • Acronyms are both fun and effective way to create memorable content that sticks.
  • Who has contributed to your success? Perhaps it’s an opportunity to thank them privately or publically next year?

October:

  • There is always something new under the sun. You just need to pay attention, recognize and acknowledge it.
  • Curiosity can become your creative force and your competitive advantage.
  • What can you create next year that you never imagined possible?

November:

  • Be present in your personal and business conversations and don’t let technology distract or derail you.
  • Completing your big project and reaching your goal is not complicated. Just take action and start at step one now.
  • What steps are you taking to strengthen your global thought leadership next year?

December:

  • From the book: The War of Art — “Resistance is the destructive force inside Human nature that rises whenever we consider a tough, long term course of action that might do for us or others something that’s actually good. You think resistance isn’t real, it will burry you. Hitler wanted to be an artist, at 18 he took his inheritance and moved to Vienna to live and study. He entered the academy of fine arts and later the school of architecture. Have you seen any of his painting? Neither have I. It was easier for Hitler to start World War II than stare at a piece of canvas.”
  • From the book: The One Thing — “Achievers operate differently. They have an eye for the essential. They pause just long enough to decide what matters and then allow what matters to drive their day. Achievers do sooner what others plan to do later and defer, perhaps indefinitely, what others do sooner. The difference isn’t in intent, but in the right of way. Achievers always work from a clear sense of priority.”
  • From the book: High Performance Habits — “You’ll always feel out of balance if you are doing work that you don’t find engaging and meaningful.”
  • What geniuses will you surround yourself with next year and how will you change the world around you?

It’s your turn now to reflect and identify your profound learning and insights this year. Share it and encourage your clients to do the same.

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