Making 2010 Your Best Year Yet – What are you Grateful for?

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2009 is getting its coat, heading for the door and bidding us a fond farewell.  It’s been an interesting year for the world, seeing some challenging economic times and big questions about the future of our planet.   For me, the end of the year is a time to reflect on what has been, and to think about what could be in the future.

For me, this has been a year of change.  I’ve moved back to the UK from the US, gone from steady employment to setting up a new business, got used to working at home rather than in an office.  There have been challenges – being terrified of having no clients and no income at the start of the year, adjusting to a different lifestyle in a different country, learning to set boundaries and look after myself better.

Yet on reflection it’s been a wonderful journey and there is a lot I’m grateful for.  I’ve worked with some amazing clients who have made major changes in their life.  I’ve managed to volunteer my time advising some inspiring social entrepreneurs.  I’ve set up a blog read by over 7,000 people (so far – thank you!).  I’ve developed some new skills, particularly around managing my emotions and thoughts more effectively.  Most importantly, overcoming some of the challenges has strengthened my bonds with the most important people in my life.  For all this I’m profoundly grateful for the last year.

So before 2009 gets into a cab and waves goodbye, take a minute or two to reflect on your year:

  • What did you achieve this year?
  • What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
  • What did you learn this year?
  • Most importantly, what are you grateful for (things, people, events) from 2009?

I’d love to hear what you are grateful for from 2009, so please do share a comment.  The next post will focus on making 2010 your Best Year Yet.

Related posts:

  1. Make 2010 your Best Year Yet – Six Steps to Lasting Change
  2. The Less Ordinary Guide to Loving the Holiday Season


  1. Tracy Sullivan
    December 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Wow, what a year… I’m grateful for my health, my family, my friends, my job, the people I work with, my yoga pratice; it’s taught me the importance of flexibility and belly breathing both on the mat and off the mat (in everyday life), I’m also grateful for my gratitude journal – each night I write a few things in there and it’s a ritual I’ve come to savor… happy new year everyone!!! Tracy

  2. Phil
    December 17, 2009 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Tracy – thanks for sharing. I love that you’ve embraced gratitude as part of your everyday life. It’s worth trying to enjoy every moment of every day – certainly better than the alternative. I hope that 2010 will be an amazing and blessed year for you.


  3. Natalie
    December 20, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh. I have so much to be grateful for: my job, my apartment, my car, my pug, my friends, my family, my divorce being final, my Christmas bonus, my emergency fund, my laptop, my wireless internet connection, my wireless router, my tv and antenna, my naturopath, my coffee pot, my rain gear, my tennis shoes, my water filter, my Netflix account, my cellphones, my Facebook profile, my ability to walk….Just to name a few! Thank you for reminding me.

  4. Tracy Sullivan
    December 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Phil! I love your articles! Keep’ em coming!! Have a wonderful 2010!!


  5. Terees Western
    January 26, 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Hello, I came across your website from a LinkedIn discussion posting. Your website is what I have been needing and looking for as I transition to new opportunities. Out of all of the information, blogs, twitterings, website, I find your website fantastic… concise, clear and actionable!

  6. Phil
    January 26, 2010 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Teress -

    You are so kind with your comments. My objective with LOL is to share inspiration and practices to help everyone make the most of their amazing potential. Keep reading and enjoying please, and let others know about the bog too. Looking forward to sharing your journey in 2010.


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