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Summarize the year — Universal Principles

Summarize the year

When one year ends and another begins, it is a natural point to reflect on the year that has passed. As an exercise which might prove rather rewarding, try summarize all the great things you’ve done in the year past. Go through your calendar, your diary, your facebook wall, twitter, notes, your memory, and anything else which might remind you of the positive things you’ve done during the last 12 months. Or look at the principles on this site, and for each of them try to come up with positive examples of when you’ve followed them in your life. Gather all the things you come up with, big and small alike, in one long positive list.

So it goes, by Brian HathcockNow, pick your top 10 things from the list. Merge or summarize multiple items if you feel like it. Try to be concrete. Try to be positive. Don’t be shy even though it might feel like bragging. (It is bragging, and it is okay!)

Then create a document with these 10 items. Limit yourself to a single page. Choose some nice fonts, try to make a nice layout, or perhaps add some pictures. Anything which will make you happy when you look at it. Then print that document and put it clearly visible in your home, where you will see it during the day. It might be in your kitchen, next to your bed, or wherever fits you. Never mind if someone else sees it, that’s okay. After all, you have reason to be proud of the things on that list anyway!

Finally, to take my own advice, here are the 10 things that I’ve done during 2010 that I’m the most proud of.

  • Followed my heart and switched job
  • Purposefully acted to increase quality at my work
  • Got a new apartment with a first hand contract
  • Increased my salary by 10k SEK per month and saved 50k
  • Gained an overview and took control of my personal economy
  • Lived healthily and exercised regularly
  • Became more outgoing, made more presentations, and shared knowledge
  • Put together after works, parties, bachelor parties, and other events
  • Ran regularly and finished the half-marathon G√∂teborgsvarvet
  • Took a very challenging but rewarding course in personal development