Why Its Powerful To Celebrate Goals You Achieved & Those You Did Not!

As the year comes  to a close, many of us take time to reflect back on the year… on the goals and dreams we set for ourselves.

This time of reflection can feel good and…. for some, it can also feel not so good …as in ”I should have accomplished more”  or… “Where did the year go (sigh)?”

As we reflect on the year, it’s easy to focus on goals that we did not achieve rather than those we did achieve.  That’s because the mind tends to process much more readily what did not work out rather than process what manifested.

Way too often, we miss seeing the bigger picture, with all its magnificence, when we just focus on the goal itself.

The bigger picture reveals itself when we take time to reflect on the personal lessons we learned as we moved towards a goal. It’s not only about achieving heart-felt goals but also experiencing personal growth along the way.

Why Its Powerful To Celebrate Goals You Achieved & Those You Did Not!

By celebrating and honoring goals you achieved & those you did not achieve, you empower yourself. “One goalregardless if you achieved it or not …can yield many hidden treasures.”– @shamanic wisdom

Review the year with gratitude, compassion, self-love and a desire to learn your deepest, personal lessons.  This will help you discover those hidden gifts.

Let’s say you had a specific goal to be in a serious relationship, but it hasn’t yet happened.  It’s still important to celebrate the accomplishments you did have around that goal. Did you learn to love yourself more?  To have more compassion? To be a better listener?  The personal growth you achieved as a result of setting that goal will help prepare you for realizing your dream–in this example a happy, intimate relationship.

Without a doubt, our triumphs and perceived failures ALL help us grow personally, professionally and spiritually.

Each life lesson that we grasp and appreciate benefits all facets of our lives—our emotional well being, health, relationships …and spirituality.

Here are 2 steps you can take to find hidden treasures as you review the year.

  1. Ask powerful questions.
  2. Journal about the insights you get from asking power questions.

If you don’t journal, I highly recommend you start journaling in the new year.

Journaling is a powerful method of getting to know yourself at a deeper level.

A few power questions you can ask yourself:

“What things happened in my life this year that left a mark—that had a significant impact on my life?”

“What did that event_____ teach me?”  “How did I grow emotionally, spiritually, intellectually because of it?”  “What successes did I have surrounding my goal?”

“How did that event affect my relationships, my finances, my health and overall well being?”


“What am I most thankful for in my relationships, finances, health…?”

It’s helpful to break down the questions into specific areas of your life because it helps trigger memories and insights.

When you take time to go within and ask powerful questions, you get the lessons you need to learn.

Personally, I like to also dedicate a few pages at the front of my journal to summarize important things that happened each month. I write about important insights I had, important people I met, and breakthroughs I had in various areas of my life.  Sometimes I have just a handful of bullet points for a month, and other times I can fill up a page with bullet points.

I like to do monthly summaries because I get to step back and see the whole year at a glance. It helps to remind me of important things that happened for me in the year.  Each month, for me, has a theme.

So as the year comes to a close, take time to honor yourself and your personal achievements on all levels!  This will help you start the year out strong—with a Warrior’s Spirit!

A Few Insights to Share About 2014!

And now I want to share a few quotes from Lena Stevens, who many of you know because of the monthly commentaries that I post on my blog.

“The New Moon is Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:14 Mountain Standard Time.

We start 2014 off with a powerful New Moon that is perfect for anchoring your intentions and setting goals for the next year. This is a super moon that harnesses the Warrior year with a good blast of focus and the inspiration to make a healthy “to do” list.

We recommend setting some boundaries around with whom and where you spend your time during this New Year and New Moon time. Don’t waste it on trying to please others or getting embroiled in something that does not serve you. Instead use this opportunity to launch your year in the best way possible. January is about getting all your ducks in a row and being in readiness for whatever is coming down the pike.

If you feel scattered and chaotic and don’t really know what to do with yourself, clean something out like your refrigerator or your closet or some preciously neglected part of your home or office space.

The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a good time to clear and make space for something new. Be inspired by all the possibilities this year will bring! Inspire yourself with beauty and find joy in the simple things that you love and enjoy! Be in gratitude!…”

I wish you deep happiness, wisdom, prosperity and inner peace in the new year!


P.S.  Be sure to watch out for the upcoming January commentary that I’ll be posting on the blog.  You’ll find some excellent help on the mp3 audios that Lena offers for just a few dollars!