The purpose of this question is to shine a light on what you've accomplished over the last year. Too often, it's easy to get wrapped up in how we didn't succeed, or the goals we failed to reach. For a lot of people, their perception of life starts to get defined by gaps, rather than substance.
Spend today looking at your accomplishments over the last year. What were your achievements (big and small)? They don't need to be press-release-worthy (though you can certainly include those!). The idea is simply to start really paying attention to the plus side of what you do.
Did you start a new business? Did you make it to all of your son's baseball games, or all of your daughter's concerts? Did you gain a new work skill that was outside your comfort zone? Did you start learning a new language? Did you start an exercise regimen and stick to it? Did you hit your sales quota? Did you change careers?
Ask your family, friends, and colleagues to help you create the list. They might remember achievements that you don't.
This exercise isn't focused so much on, "What did I learn?" as it is, "What can I celebrate?" Spend some time as the year winds to a close celebrating where you've been and what you've done so you can build on that energy in the coming year.
You might want to expand this exercise into a long-term habit, making it a regular part of your routine to stop ask, "What have I accomplished - big and small - in the last week/month/etc.," and then celebrate it.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM