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You have this one precious life – but do you spend it on what's most important?
This is a question that I check every time I look back on a year. It is so important to look back, celebrate your victories, appreciate your growth, extract the lessons and set the right goals for the coming year.
However, this is not an ordinary year.
The 2010s are drawing to a close and we are facing a new decade. I don't know anything about you, but a lot has happened in the past ten years. Incredible things, hard things and things my self would lose my mind about in 2010.
There is a maxim that the psychologist and computer scientist J.C.R. Licklider: "People overestimate what can be done in one year and underestimate what can be done in ten years."
Today at MarieTV you will find out how true this statement really is. In honor of the new decade, we are presenting something special: a decade in review.
It is a three part video series that uses the undeveloped wisdom of your last decade to make the next ten years your best so far.
Each video is short and easy to do. You can do all of them in one session or take the time to do one a week. Here are some quick links to each section:
Think of these exercises as a 10-year planning tool. You have a decade of possibilities ahead, and this decade in retrospect will help you make the most of it.
Now let's dive in!
Decade in retrospect part 1: celebrate your victories
(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNFO94c9lC8 (/ embed)
Now that you've seen it, let's dive in. Obtain a diary and pen and follow the prompts to create a journal.
Section 1: What you are proud of
- What have you been proud of in the past 10 years?
- What are the obstacles you have overcome?
- What results have you had in your career or life since 2010?
Pull out old calendars, diaries, planners, emails, or photos to remember. This may take some time, but it is worth it.
What was most important and why
When you're done, go through the list again and answer the following questions:
- What is most important of everything you have listed? Circle everything that pops out.
- Why is that most important?
Knowing the things that have made the biggest difference in your quality of life can help you make smarter decisions when planning your next ten years.
Section 2: Your Findings
- What have you learned in the past ten years?
- What wisdom has become crystal clear for you?
- What mistakes have you made and what have you learned from them?
Think about career, family, relationships, time, health, finance and creativity and write everything down – big and small.
What was most important and why
Take a look at the list you just created and ask the following questions:
- What lessons have been the biggest changes?
- Why is that important to you?
- What do you really want to remember when you step into this brand new decade?
This section is vital. Check it frequently so you don't make the same mistakes.
Decade in Review Part 2: Share Your Past
(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxLiMwr6Pug (/ embed)
Part 2 is about letting go of things that pull you down so you can plan the next 10 years with a clear, focused mind. Trust me, you will feel so much easier and freer when you are done. Get your diary out and follow the instructions below.
Section 3: What you want to let go of
In this section, you create three separate lists. This will take some time, but it's worth it.
Old projects & goals
- Are there projects for which you continue to make sense, but for which you have not taken the time?
- Do you have “I should do this” goals that you keep putting off?
- Are there any expectations from your family, loved ones, or yourself that do not match your heart?
Old goals and projects are like leftovers in your fridge. Eat that you meant to eat, but that's no longer good and only takes up valuable space. This list is an opportunity to clear out your mental fridge so you can rock the 2020s without these moldy "shoulders" messing up your heart and mind.
Resentment, anger and upset
- Are there resentments or upset that you have stuck to?
- Do you have old emotional luggage that you want to release?
- Is there someone you have to forgive – including yourself?
Be honest and write it down, even if you cannot forgive or let go at this moment. As long as you are ready, you will find a way. Calling and confirming is the first step to healing.
Limiting beliefs or shitty old stories
- What restrictive beliefs have you held over the past ten years?
- What crappy old stories do you tell yourself that no longer serve you?
Maybe you said to yourself that you are too old or too young to follow your passion. Perhaps you have managed to believe the story that everything has been said or done before. Perhaps you are ready to let go of excuses that keep you from your greatest dreams. Or maybe it's time to rest this old shitty story – that you're not good enough or capable enough – once and for all.
Remember you are so much more powerful and capable than you dare.
This is your opportunity to let go of all the negative thoughts and limiting beliefs that are holding you back. Do this now so they don't control your next 10 years.
What is the most important and why let go?
When you're done, go through each subsection and answer the following four questions:
- What are the main things you should let go of? Circle them now.
- Why is it important that you let go of these things now?
- What have these goals, resentments, or restrictive beliefs cost you over the past decade?
- Are there any experiences or successes that you have not had by sticking to them?
Write as much as you want. Remember, purpose drives persistence.
Decade in Review Part 3: Create Your 10 Year Plan
(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRhNZxY4U7A (/ embed)
Now that you've got the basics right, it's time for the fun part: figuring out what's next. Prepare to inspire your imagination and tap your heart because in part 3 you will create your 10-year plan. You know what to do – open your diary and follow the instructions below.
Section 4: what's next? What is my future
What do you want to create, experience or achieve in the next 10 years? What do you want to feel or achieve in relation to your …
- Health and well-being?
- Career or business?
- Community and philanthropy?
Are you wondering how you want to feel more consistent? Would you like to experience more freedom and flexibility – if so, what exactly?
The aim is to be as specific and concrete as possible. Imagine the best possible decade of your life and really let yourself dream. Don't underestimate what you can achieve.
My top 3 most important goals for next year
When you're done, go through your list again and answer the following questions:
- What are the top three goals you want to focus on over the next 12 months? Circle them now.
- Why is each of these goals important to you?
- Who do you need to be to bring each of these goals to life?
- What character traits, habits or skills do you need to develop to achieve these goals?
If you do this exercise every year, you can break down all of your goals, dreams, and expectations from your 10-year plan one by one. And remember – if you feel that you have a specific goal, I wrote a whole book to help you figure it out,
Section 5: What future do you want to know?
After writing down the tactical goals and dreams, you will do one final, highly imaginative exercise to use the wisdom of your heart. Imagine that you are ten years in the future and write a letter today. Something like this can begin:
Dear ______, I would love you to know that …
Let your hand move and write what comes to mind. Do not judge, edit or pay attention to grammar, spelling or punctuation. Trust me, you have so much natural knowledge and wisdom in you.
If you get stuck, here are some prompts to experiment with:
- I would love you to start …
- I would love you to remember …
- I would love you to focus on …
I know that may sound a bit strange, but it's powerful stuff. It helps you access deep truths that you know intuitively and that you will be really glad that you have spoken now – before the next ten years pass.
Well done. When you have completed all three parts of this series, you now have an invaluable treasure map of personal wisdom that will help you make the next ten years more productive, happy, and meaningful.
Now I would like to hear from you. What are your top 3 goals for next year? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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Your time is important. With this reflection work, you prepare for the best decade of all time. Go ahead and honor this wisdom in you.
P.S. Share your progress with me! Tag @MarieForleo on social media and use the hashtag #MFDecadeInReview so I can cheer you on.
With so much love ❤️
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