Good intentions were yesterday. A courageous annual farewell and New Year’s reception for conscious people is today! Writing down good intentions quickly on the 31st is, as we know, not very useful. Far too quickly they are mostly forgotten again. That’s why this year we’re going to take a more informed approach – more sustainable, if you like.

Say goodbye to the old year, welcome the new one!

The beginning is a retrospective, which allows us to successfully walk 2018 well equipped, in order to then set conscious goals for our 2018, which then accompany us beyondJanuary.

1. Review the year 2017!

The year passed like in flight and soooo incredible things happened? Often at the end of the year we have the feeling that the months, days and hours have passed us by. This makes it all the more possible for us to use the end of the year to turn inward, to look back and to review 2017. Consciously aware of the good and difficult things, situations, moments and feelings of the past year can provide you with valuable insights that will make 2018 NOCH more successful – at all levels! A close look at what has gone well and what has gone less well will help you learn more about you. It shows you where you might have taken new paths, what you should have stuck to harder or what you should have done earlier – an optimal basis next year to do things differently and keep working on yourself! But what is the best way to do this? Go into you, reflect on experiences, question changes, recall incisive experiences – whether holidays with friends, private strokes of fate, relaxing family celebrations or professional challenges. You don’t really know how to start? What questions can you ask yourself at the end of the year? What should you worry about? Here are a few inputs that make you think. Think about each question for 3 minutes. Imagine an alarm clock. Don’t go to the next question before the time runs out – even if you can’t think of anything else. One or two surprising answers will surely come! Write down all the answers.

  • What was important and valuable this year?
  • What did you learn?
  • What successes have you celebrated? What did you possibly fail?
  • When did you grow beyond you?
  • Which people in your environment have taken you forward? Which people pulled you down?
  • What did you spend the most time with this year? Did it make you happy and/or move on?
  • What are you grateful for?

Have you realized in this way what has made you happy in the past year and what is less, has already created a solid basis to start the preparations and plans for the coming year. Because in the new year you won’t make the same mistakes again and maybe make more of the good.

2. Prepare for 2018! Set goals & make plans!

The millionaire and the beggar – they have the same number of days available. The question is, what do you make of it? 365 new days, 365 new opportunities, 365 new opportunities to make 2018 your year! A new year offers you the opportunity to grow beyond you, achieve new (or old) goals, drive change and create space for further development. What do you want to achieve in the new year? Clearly defined goals help you get the most out of your precious life. Be here, as if looking back, and set the alarm clock to 3 minutes per question. Write down all the answers you can think of during this time. Let’s go! Here’s how to make 2018 YOUR year:

  • What have you postponed for some time and want to tackle in the new year?
  • What exactly do you want to be able to do in a year you can’t do today?
  • To whom or what do you want to devote more time and why?
  • What do you want to do for yourself?
  • What do you want to achieve or change privately and professionally?
  • What is going well and should it continue as before?

The answers you develop for yourself should not disappear quietly or secretly in the new year, as is usually the case with intentions, or be postponed into the next year. That’s why: Hang your list of answers in a place where you’ll be reminded again and again! Our additional tip for VABO-N brand ambassadors: Take the opportunity to review the year and plan the new one in your team. In this way, you will gain valuable insights together. It makes you aware of many things and makes you proud of the work done together. Beautiful experiences can thus be awakened and promote cohesion. With a common goal, you are also pulling right into the new year right from the start! Sun! Now it’s your turn: Get the best out of your year!