How to Close Out Your Year and Turn Your Attention to 2017

As the beginning of 2017 draws near, we are reminded of the many excitements that the approach of the new year brings — the upcoming holidays, a fresh start, a renewal of our dedication to our goals.

Many times we may forget to take the time to reflect on the past year and to establish where we want the new year to take us.

Today, I want to give you some strategies that you can use as we close out 2016 to ensure you take full responsibility for the year that’s passed and move forward with renewed energy and commitment to yourself and your goals.

1. Write Down Your Unfinished Goals

First, take the time to write down all of the things you planned to accomplish this past year that you maybe missed the mark on. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, we all have things that we plan to do whether it’s losing weight, investing our money, getting a new job, or getting that raise, that we might not have fully accomplished. Be honest with yourself about this.

Remember, in order to change anything in your life, you must first take 100% responsibility for everything in it.

Then, list the reasons why you didn’t fully achieve the results you intended for each of the things on your list. This will help in taking responsibility for the outcome.

2. Reflect on the Goals You Accomplished

After you have your list and reasons, make another list of all that you did accomplish in the past year in all the different areas of your life. Write down even the smallest wins and the progress you’ve made towards the bigger goals even if they aren’t fully accomplished yet.

Maybe you cleaned out the clutter in your garage, taught your child how to ride their bike, or developed a new skill that is bringing you closer to your bigger goals. 12 months is a significant amount of time and each day in itself holds a small victory. It’s very likely that this list will be much longer than the one you previously made.

When you have both lists in front of you, a few things will happen:

First, you are going to see the ways in which you have room to improve for the upcoming year. You may even feel a sense of renewed energy to create plans for how to better approach those unfinished goals.

While examining your list of unfinished business, it’s very important that you do not see it as your failures, but rather as all the chances you now have in this upcoming year to continue improving, to continue working hard, and to put forth your maximum amount of effort towards achieving your big overarching goals.

As you look at your list of things you have accomplished, you will feel an enormous sense of pride and accomplishment as you acknowledge all of your successes. Take a moment to let all of your effort, dedication, and achievement sink in.

This process of facing the reality of this past year, paired with the excitement of all you have accomplished, will provide a true sense of closure for the past year. This process of self-reflection is critical to your ongoing success in the year to come.

3) Turn Your Attention to 2017

Resolve to accept the areas you fell short and rededicate yourself to leaving behind any feelings of regret. Turn your attention to the pattern of accomplishment you’ve created in the other areas of your life, and set an intention for the new year to continue on that path.

Now I’d love to hear from you. So my question today is:

“What is one goal that you haven’t quite accomplished yet, but are going to rededicate yourself to accomplishing in 2017?”

Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to follow up with you.

If you want to achieve your New Year’s goals faster and with more drive than you ever thought possible, download my free 14-Step Goal-Setting Guide.


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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

  • Reflection is everything. Too often the goals, or anything in life for that matter, happens with reflection before or after.

    Reflection leads to clarity.
    Clarity leads to achievement.
    Achievement leads to success.

    Thanks Brian

  • Pepa

    As a mother with two small kids is hard to accomplish my goals with minimum time for myself,without help…but I’ve been accomplish few my goals in 2016 which is very positive for me…
    I’m keep following you Brian.Thanks

  • Remember, in order to change anything in your life, you must first take 100% responsibility for everything in it.

    This line means a lot. People generally don’t take the responsibility of their failure and start blaming other things instead. Many things can be achieved once we start taking responsibilities for our own actions and start taking actions accordingly.


    Hi Brian, am Paul and i want to answer your question on goals i didn’t accomplish in 2016 that i want to accomplish in 2017. In 2016, I was financially dependent on my parents and never took responsibilities on some areas of my life as i blamed my parents and made excuses, but this year i am taking full responsibility to be proud of my life and take up jobs, so far i have involved myself with some casual jobs and am happy that i am doing this for me and being responsible for the first time in my life. My goal is to continue on this pace , locate more jobs and increase my financial input.

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