Three simple questions to wrap up 2018

How was your first week in 2019? Was it refreshing? was it draining? Or was it a mix of ups and downs already?

Before we move on to the new year and the new adventures, it’s always a good idea to look in to the past and pick up what you’ve learned over the year.

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In this article, I want to share with you three simple questions that would help wrap up what you’ve learned and experienced in 2018 (credits to Marie Forleo). Here are the three simple questions for you to consider:

  • What is the one thing you did that you’re proud of in 2018?
  • What is the one mistake you’ve made and the lesson you’ve learned in 2018?
  • What is the one limiting story that you’re ready to let go of in 2018?

Here is what my 2018 review looks like:

One thing I did that I am proud of in 2018

I’ve set a personal goal to read at least one book per week to nourish my mind in 2018. Although I didn’t quite make it to 52 books, I’ve managed to complete 32 books by the end of the year.

There are quite a few books that made a big impact in the way I think and the way I live. A few of them were mentioned in my previous articles. If you are interested in what I’ve read, see the list of books at the bottom.

One mistake I’ve made and the lesson I’ve learned in 2018

The one mistake that I’ve made was being too aggressive with my goals. I’ve set personal goals, financial goals, professional goals, and social goals for each quarter in 2018.

I later found out that this approach is not really serving the purpose, because I was overwhelmed and hesitated to revisit the list in order to monitor my progress.

The key lesson I’ve learned is to set a few key focused goals that would trickle down in other aspects of life. For 2019, I’ve only set three major goals that would translate into a set of habit/system.

A few books that I would recommend for setting goals include:

  • The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
  • The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker; and
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan.

One limiting story that I am ready to let go of before 2019

The one limiting story I am ready to let go of is that ‘being an introvert is a disadvantage in the corporate world’.

After reading Susan Cain’s ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking’, I realized that the ability to step back, to listen to what other people say, and to think deeply and critically is in fact a superpower.

In this increasingly noise world, where everyone and everything around us are screaming out loud in order to compete for our attention, we need the introverts to counter balance this culture.   

For the introverts reading this article, please believe in yourself and the unique gift and talent that you got to offer. The world needs people like you to really listen, digest, think, and come up with a solution. Let your actions and results speak louder than their words.

So, what did you learn from 2018? What are your answers to these three simple questions? I hope you would find this useful and spend some time to reflect before we are too far off in the new year.

Leave a comment below and share your successes and lessons learned in 2018.


My 2018 reading list:

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  • The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
  • Compelling People by John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut
  • The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
  • The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
  • Man’s Search for Meanings by Viktor Frankl
  • 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
  • The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
  • The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
  • The Kaizen Way by Dr. Robert Maurer
  • Linchpin by Seth Godin
  • The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  • Ego is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  • The Art of Thinking by Allen F. Harrison and Robert M. Bramson
  • Your One Word by Evan Carmichael
  • The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers
  • The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers
  • The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  • How to be famous on Instagram
  • Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
  • Willpower by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney
  • Money Rules by Jean Chatzky
  • The Million-Dollar One-Person Business by Elaine Pofeldt
  • Picture Your Prosperity by Ellen Rogin and Lisa Kueng
  • How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead and Erik Bergmann
  • The 5 language of appreciation in the work place by Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul WHite
  • The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha
  • The Millionaire Expat by Andrew Hallam
  • The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget by Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

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