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As we’re nearing the end of 2017 I always spend some time reflecting in the highlights, the disappointments and gather the lessons I’ve learned. And I think it’s in our human nature to ask:

“So was I successful with what I set out to do at the beginning of the year?”

I’ve never been a huge fan of “New Year’s Resolutions”, but during Supernacular Weekend I picked PRESENCE as my theme for 2017. Which kinda felt a little less pressure…

I loved that the word itself has a few different meanings:

  1. Being in the moment
  2. Having a powerful presence
  3. And with that I also wanted to work on my physical health – my posture

Now that the year is over, I asked myself:

Was I successful living, breathing, being PRESENCE?

Before I answer that question, what does SUCCESS mean anyways?

? What is your definition? Let me know in the comments

For me success is when I take uncomfortable action towards my vision that aligns with my values – and failure is an opportunity to learn something new (about myself).

So to check if I took the necessary actions, I create a “Highlight Board” ???

It’s basically like a grateful version of a vision board. Instead of looking online and through magazines for images that describe your vision, I look for actual photos of the big moments of my life this year and then I create a collage.

I am a very visual person so this is the most powerful exercise I’ve done for the last 3 years at the end of every year and here is how to do it ???

  1. Go through all my instagram posts and look for my highlights
  2. I do the same for my Facebook photos and sometimes even my posts
  3. This is usually the easiest way for me to remember what happened, because the chance that I share a post about a highlight in my life is pretty high
  4. Lastly I also look through my journal for any entries that stand out.
  5. If I don’t have a picture of a specific highlight – maybe it’s more of an insight I had – then I take a picture of that page in my journal or find something that represents the feeling I had.
  6. Then I use “keynote” to create a collage of all my highlights.

? Comparing my highlights to my vision ?

After spending time looking at each picture and remembering the feelings I felt, I also love to compare my “highlights board” to my “vision board” because it’s amazing to see when you vision becomes reality.

Last year I added a picture of a couple in a canoe with a dog, by then we ended up with a cat in our home. So it was already close, but then this year we took our cat for a camping trip. Definitely a success 🙂

How do you measure success in your life?

Let me know in the comments

Jan Keck

Jan Keck

Jan’s mission is to help people feel less alone, so by creating experiences, workshops and programs he is fueling the movement for deeper human connection. His work has been featured on TEDx, CBC News, Breakfast TV, Cityline and HuffPost and he is currently building a community of facilitators that design the MAGICAL HUMAN MOMENTS online.