How to Do Your Own “Year-in-Review” (And Why It’s Important)


Before we say goodbye to January, I want to give you a few tools to help you accelerate into what God has for you this year.

I shared these with the people on my team earlier this month so they could do their own “year-in-review.”  They found them really helpful, so I want to share them with you, too.

Start with this 7-question exercise

If you haven’t done one yet, now is a great time to do your own year-in-review.  It will help you get a better picture of how to be in God’s timing for your life.

Ask yourself the following 7 questions and write down the answers:

  1. What has God been speaking to me over the past year?
  2. Are there any unresolved tasks I need to take care of?  Things God called me to do, that I left undone?
  3. What prayers were answered?
  4. What new things happened in my life?
  5. What progress did I make?  Where did I grow?  Write down the positive.
  6. What was fun for me this past year?
  7. Make a list of all the major things that happened — good and bad.  But don’t focus only on the bad or difficult.

Then make a “MORE or LESS” list

Based on what you discovered about yourself above, the next step is to make another list by asking yourself:

  • What do I want MORE of in this year?
    Be honest.  For example, do you want more fun, more joy, more relationships, more time off, more time with God?
  • What do I want LESS of this year?
    This may seem obvious: less heartache, less confusion, etc.  But oftentimes, saying “yes” to one thing requires saying “no” to another.  Some “good” things might need to end up on your LESS list to make room for those on your MORE list.  Be sure to pray and ask God!

Use the BELT for breakthrough

This is where you begin to accelerate into the next year.  BELT is an acronym I created to help people develop a breakthrough lifestyle.

If you are someone who struggles with procrastination or distraction, use this BELT exercise and build it into your lifestyle. It will deal with procrastination.

  • BBuild a Daily Foundation
    I begin my day with a time set aside for hearing God, reading the Bible and praying.  I’m a morning person, so that works for me.  Do what will work best for you.  It might be over lunch or after your kids go to bed.
  • EEliminate Fear
    Fear is 4-letter word, and it is a demonic spirit that wants to kill your dreams and steal your breakthrough.  It is the opposite of God’s perfect love and it needs to be eliminated from your life.
  • LLearn to Discern the Voice of God
    It’s important not to assume anything in this new season.  The way God spoke to you in the past may not be the way He’s going to now.
  • TTransform Any Limiting Beliefs
    Our belief systems are usually formed in us by age 8.  That is why it is so important to renew or reprogram your mind.  The key is to begin seeing yourself in your full potential in God.

For example: Instead of believing, “I can’t change this area of my life,” transform your thinking to: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) and “I am a new creation in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

For more coaching and tools like the ones above, check out my online coaching workshop Accelerating You into Your New Year.  It’s available for $20.18 in the store — but only through the end of January!


~ Doug Addison

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Doug AddisonDoug Addison is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages, also shared on TV, radio and the Internet for over a decade.  He brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.

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