Bon Voyage 2008!

I don't know about you, but I'm happy to say goodbye to 2008. Although it's been a year of tremendous growth and positive change, I'm ready for a fresh, new beginning where I can deepen my practice of extreme self care and establish a renewed sense of optimisim and hope for our collective future.

Before moving forward, however, I've learned from experience that it's smart to look back for clues that will inform a successful, more awakened next year. To that end, here are a few questions I've been thinking about this week as I review 2008. I invite you to do the same:

* If you had to pick a theme of growth for 2008, what would it be? What did you most need to learn? What changes have you made that let you know you got the lesson?

* What one thing are you still beating yourself up about? Are you ready to do what it takes to put an end to this hurtful behavior? Okay, then. What do you need to do right now to get started?

* What did you accomplish last year that made you feel good about yourself and how did you celebrate? If you didn't celebrate, what will you do this week?

* How was 2008 perfect for you? What happened, good or bad, that forced you to wake up and see your life with clarity and truth?

Finally, as you think back over the last year, take some time to think about the people who influenced your growth - the ones who hurt you and the ones who supported you - and, in your own private way, thank them for their contribution to your life.

That's it for this final week. Get ready for a "Mighty Fine 2009!"

Take Action Challenge

Over the next week, while things are still fairly quiet and calm, take some time to answer the above questions in a notebook or journal. Use this ritual as an opportunity to say goodbye to the past and hello to a bright new year.

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Cheryl Richardson

Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books, Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace and her new book The Art of Extreme Self Care. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials.

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