A Year Gone By

January 3, 2014

CS2142402-02A-BIG… and what have YOU learned?

As Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.”  This is the truth but how many of us actually take the time to look back at the year gone by and ask ourselves what it is we learned?

Truth is, we are in too much of a rush to get the New Year started that we seldom look back and reflect upon the situations/people that helped get us to where we are today.

It is only in looking back (briefly) and learning from the past that we can build a better future. Yes, the unexamined life is NEVER worth living.  So, lets live differently. Take stock of what you learned last year, where you are now and what you want out of life this coming year. That will help to make all the difference in the world.

Do you want things to get better? It’s up to you to make those improvements. Ask yourself…

What worked for me last year?

What didn’t work?

What do I need in my life that I do not currently have?

What behavior served me well?

What behavior didn’t serve me at all?

What would I change if I could?

Answering these questions reflects the difference between consciously walking forward in life and passively sleepwalking your way through it. Which one do you want to be doing? Here’s the deal, if we do not learn from our past, we are destined to repeat it.

Time to get the learning. Do you want to walk into the new year awake, alive and conscious or do you want to continue sleepwalking? It’s a new year and the choice is always yours. Happy New Year!


Read more inspiration in Donnalynn’s new Book, “Life Lessons,” click here.

If you would like more information on Emotional Wellbeing and Life Coaching Sessions with Donnalynnclick here.

If you would like to read some reviews on Donnalynn’s Coachingclick here.

If you would like to schedule a session with Donnalynn, click here.


Written by Donnalynn Civello


Leave A Comment

Leave a Reply

RECENT POSTS: Ethereal Wellness Counseling

When You Walk With Your Head Down

… you walk into walls. It’s common sense. When you’re not looking where you’re going, you’re most likely going to end up somewhere you don’t want to be. Most of us sleepwalk our way through our lives — running the mouse wheel of life. We are so busy trying to make a living that we […]

It’s Not About Making The Right Choice

… it’s about accepting the choice you’ve already made. Our life’s path is made up of choices and there are no mistakes when it comes to making choices, because there are no right or wrong choices, there are only different choices. Don’t get caught up in the choice you’ve made – make it and move on. […]

Looking Back to the Past

… is only helpful to the extent it allows you to move forward into your future.  If it doesn’t, it keeps you back. Your life is only ever in front of you, never behind you. The past can be an informative tool if we don’t get trapped in it. If you want to uncover the […]

A Mid-life Crisis

… requires a mid-course correction. A mid-life crisis can happen at any age, but the wisdom here is that the secret to healing it, is in the way we define it. Life naturally has its ups and downs, and life is constantly asking you to define who you are in relationship to it. You’re never […]

When You’re in the Flow

… everything moves with you. And when you are not, nothing works. When you are in the flow of your life – flowing downstream — everything flows along side you. When you are out of that flow – pushing upstream — things are much more difficult. How do you know the difference? Ask yourself how […]