Closing the Chapter on 2023

by | Jan 4, 2024 | Personal Development

Ready to let go of baggage from the year past? I know I am.

So, here I will share with you a process I’ve been using to close chapters since 2014.

Follow along, and don’t just read my answers. Open your journal, reflect, write down your thoughts, and surrender whatever needs to be surrendered. 2024 is coming at you fast, so don’t delay!

7 Questions to Close the Chapter on 2023

Though I ended up appropriating these as mine, these questions were originally crafted by Michael Hyatt. Thanks, Michael!

If the last year were a movie in your life, what would the genre be?

Sports drama. If you were a fly on the wall observing me in 2023, you would have seen me highly engaged in my leadership program, in working out, and in my business initiatives.

I don’t feel as though I won many battles, but I know I didn’t lose the war!

I remembered to take time off. I even enjoyed the early part of my summer in Penticton, BC. But I still encountered some issues with my health and burnout.

I slogged my way through and survived, though survival was never the goal. Thriving was. That means change is necessary and improvement is possible.

What were the two or three major themes that kept recurring?

  • Surrender. The top theme for the year was surrender. I also shared about this on Day 38 of my “Thinking Positively” experiment.
  • Health. In the early part of the year, most weeks, I went for a massage. In February, I began working out again. In September, I was prompted to take a closer look at my diet. I made big progress, and kept making meaningful tweaks along the way.

What did you accomplish this year that you are most proud of?

What do you feel you should have been acknowledged for but weren’t?

I was acknowledged for completing the Team, Management, and Leadership Program – Team 2, but I did not feel like there was sufficient acknowledgment. Plus, I would have liked to acknowledge others more.

What disappointments did you experience this past year?

  • My financial life. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that it was a disappointment, considering I hardly made any changes until the end of the year. Still, it would have been nice to see more book and course sales.
  • My romantic life. Some close calls but the plane did not land.
  • My health. I did not expect to experience any major setbacks with my health. But I ended up with eye floaters in September. They are healing – very gradually.

What was missing from last year as you look back?

  • I did not have a permanent (or semi-permanent) residence.
  • I did not get to connect with as many people as I would have liked, for as long as I would have liked, as I was traveling.
  • I had plenty of support from fantastic people – but I didn’t have enough of it!

What were the major life-lessons you learned this past year?

  • Most people attempt to change their lives at the level of actions and thought. One of the most powerful ways to catalyze transformation, though, is by changing your life at the level of identity.
  • You can’t just have a product. You need a system to sell it.
  • You must advertise. Organic channels aren’t enough.

Past Reflections

If you’d like to see how things progressed to this point, here are my past reflections for your perusal:

Closing the Chapter on 2014
Closing the Chapter on 2015
Closing the Chapter on 2016
Closing the Chapter on 2017
Closing the Chapter on 2018
Closing the Chapter on 2019
Closing the Chapter on 2020
Closing the Chapter on 2021
Closing the Chapter on 2022

Final Thoughts

With that, I declare 2023 complete.

Let’s have an excellent 2024 together, alright? Let me know how you get on, and stick around for more inspiration.