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last years words

Last years words

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language.

And next year’s words await another voice.

– T. S. Eliot

This year more than ever we need to let go of last years words and feelings. To start fresh. As hard as that may seem when we are in the middle of another lockdown here in Ireland as I write this.


January is the time of year where I sit down and reflect on what I was happy with and not so happy with from the year before. I look at both my work and personal life and write down my wins and why they happened.

I take stock of what steps I took that brought them about. I look at what habits I put into p[lace, and if they didn’t stick I try and dig down into the reasoning behind that.

I have been listening a lot to the work of both Jenny Pace and Jess Van Den from Create and Thrive.

Both are business coaches. And they talk about they why of your actions and goals.

And that is something that I am realising I need to pay a lot more attention to in both my work and personal life.

The Why

I need to really hone in on the WHY behind the goals I am setting. This is still a massive work in progress for me, but like all things in life, with intentional practise we get better at it.


The word intentional here is very important. You need to learn from what worked and what didn’t work. The error a lot of people make is to keep repeating the same habits without looking at if they are really working. Or starting and failing to keep those habits going. I hold my hand high that I do this all the time.

Learn and Let Go

When you have reflected on your year, its time to leave it behind. You cannot regret in life, you can only learn from your actions and go forward.

As I write this I am still working on what three goals I want to set for myself this year.

I plan to set one over arching goal for each of my businesses,. A specific measurable goal that all my actions and monthly and weekly goals will tie back into. I am taking my time on this, so that I don’t dive head first into it without really thinking about the WHY of my goals. This is a mistake I have made in the past and one I am trying to learn from

My third goal will be my personal goal for the year.

Less is More

I have actually found it hardest to narrow it down to just one goal for each part of my life. BUT, one issue I have always had for goal setting is that I set too many, make them too vague and then forget about them. My hope with this short specific goal list is that I will have to stick to them.

It will if nothing else be interesting to follow the experiment through to the end

for last years words - ts elliot quote

I hope you found this useful, or at least interesting! 😉

I would love to know if you set goals and if so what methods you use to track or measure them.

Until next time,