Now that Christmas is past, people are naturally doing year-end reviews and looking toward 2018. You will see this reflected in news stories, articles, and in sponsored Facebook posts.
There will be lots of tips on how to set your SMART goals, develop and keep your New Year Resolutions, how to pick out the perfect planner, and other advice on building health, wealth, and great relationships in 2018.
I have something a little different from Rabbi Daniel Cohen, author of What Will They Say About You When You’re Gone?: Creating a Life of Legacy. He reminds us that we remember moments and days, not entire years, so how can you make 2018 the most memorable year yet?
Here are Five Important Questions to Ask Yourself Now. I encourage you to not just read this list below, but actually pull out a journal or open up a doc on your computer or phone and really answer these questions.
They will motivate you to make this year the most memorable in your life:
1. If you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do and why?
2. How would the world be different without you?
3. What values do you stand for and what is worth fighting for?
4. What five words would you want written on your headstone?
5. What will you do this year that is worthy of future memory?
This time of year is a natural time for reflection and planning. Rabbi Cohen says we all possess an inner voice that wants meaning and joy in life and we all want to lead a life of impact. The problem is, we often get distracted by the pace and the hustle and bustle that defines the world, and then we wonder where the time goes and we end up living with regret.
Make this year different. No matter your religion or lack thereof, reflection on the year past and looking ahead to the future is what human beings do. We are hardwired for it, so make it count. Answer these five questions and review once a week throughout the New Year. You might surprise yourself with what happens next.
From me to you, I wish you a wonderful and very happy 2018.
To your success!