I just finished my 2019 summary. At the end of a year it is always a good idea to reflect on what was good, what was bad, what you were proud of and what you wish did not happen in the past year.
This is your life. You should feel compelled to track it, to see what you seem to do best and what you need to work on to make your life even better.
It's hard for me to believe that most people don't do this as thinking about my own life is so much more satisfying than thinking about others. Plus, you can only do so much for others anyway. It's not even fair to them if you try to take over their lives.
Focus on your life.
Regarding the mechanics of keeping track of the past year. You may half hardheartedly try to recall their past year. But it's best to write all this down on paper or your computer. Paper and computers are how you develop an enormously good memory.
This type of yearly summary is also the best way to keep track of your best years. You always think that the next year will be better than the last. It's just as likely that the next year will be worse, maybe by events that were not your fault. Often, when the people around you are struggling and suffering, that affects you deeply too.
For example, 2016 was one of the best years of my life. I fully expected 2017 to be even better. But that thought was a miserable failure. I severely injured myself early in 2017 and spent the rest of the year doctoring, spending enormous amounts of money trying to heal and worse, spending most of my free time rehabbing and being limited in what I could because of the pain.
I had very little fun and what little time I had for fun, I was mostly in pain and could not really enjoy myself fully. Just as I was starting to heal from that injury, I had to have another hernia surgery that put me even further behind physically and financially.
2018 was a weird year too. I did not even summarize 2018 with all the changes and problems I was dealing with. I was hoping to get back to 2016 fun, but ended up changing jobs and finding out it was an entirely wrong job for me and suffering with a massive mistake. There was also some extremely tough times for my family that we are still dealing with.
So, yeah, keep track of the good and the bad.
If you follow my blogs you'll see that I sprinkle in some content from others that I really got a lot out of or that was inspiring to me or that I just loved for whatever reason.
Here's a few of my latest finds.
I grew up tending to livestock on our small farm. So I have been enjoying learning about regenerative ranching from Greg Judy. He has a huge assortment of videos and articles all about his new and old methods.
It's fascinating, inspiring and gives me hope that we, humans, can learn to grow healthy livestock and make the planet and ourselves healthier.
2019 was not all good. Some was just downright terrible with tremendous tragedy:
So I hope you had a fantastic 2019 to reflect back on. And if you didn't, by reflecting back, you can learn what types of changes you need to make to make 2020 far better.
The only way I could become the happier man I am today was by leaving my wife. You might be in the same situation I was in. I suggest you take a look at my book - Leave Your Wife & Become a Happier Man with the 3 Step System.
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