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2023 Year-End Reflections of a 6-Figure Creator

By Sean Mari Sagun, Founder at SM Social • Published December 4th, 2023

2023 Year-End Reflections as a 6-Figure Creator and 4 Actionable Steps For 2024 Planning. Join a 6-figure creator's journey through 2023 with invaluable reflections and unlock success with 4 actionable steps for your 2024 planning. Dive into a year of growth and set the stage for an even more remarkable future!

Hey there! Can you believe we're on the brink of waving goodbye to another year? As the calendar flips its pages, it's the perfect time to hit pause, kick back, and indulge in some good ol' Year-End Reflections. Now, before you dismiss this as just another productivity speech, hang tight – because we're about to dive into the nitty-gritty of why reflecting on the past 365 days is your secret weapon for slaying 2024!

Back in my college days pursuing a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience, I stumbled upon the harsh reality of experimental failures. One common culprit? Poor documentation! The experiments that fell flat on their faces often lacked proper record-keeping.

Fast forward to today, leading a Marketing Agency through the content creation sea, I bring a vital lesson from the past – documentation is my secret weapon in a world where every word, campaign, and strategy holds significance.


How I Document My Wins and Goals

Alright, let's get down to the nitty-gritty of how I keep my ship sailing smoothly through the stormy seas of entrepreneurship.

1. Business Notebook

I've got one notebook dedicated solely to my business endeavors. It's the keeper of my dreams, victories, and defeats in the professional realm. Here's why it's a game-changer:

• Balance is Key: By keeping my business goals separate, I reinforce the importance of work-life balance. It's a constant reminder that success isn't just about the business; it's about a harmonious life.

• Monthly Check-ins: I religiously document my goals and progress every month. This practice is not just about financial growth but an overall assessment of my journey. It's like having a conversation with my past self.

2. Personal Notebook

Yes, I've got a separate notebook for my personal goals. Because let's face it, life isn't all about business suits and strategy meetings.

• Gratitude Journaling: Documenting personal wins, big or small, allows me to express gratitude. Reflecting on where I was at the beginning of the year compared to now is a powerful exercise that humbles and motivates me.

• Holistic Growth: It's not just about the money. Personal goals, be it fitness, relationships, or hobbies, contribute to the tapestry of my life. It's the full picture, not just a pixel.

3. Daily Planner aka Brain Dump Notebook

Now, let's talk about the unsung heroes of my documentation arsenal – the brain dump notebook and the daily planner.

• Chaos to Clarity: The brain dump notebook is where I spill all my thoughts and ideas. It's chaotic, messy, and absolutely essential for decluttering my mind. From there, I transfer the actionable items to my daily planner.

• Structured Chaos: The daily planner is the battlefield where I wage war against my to-do list. It's a structured chaos that ensures I'm tackling tasks efficiently and making progress every day.

Reflecting on 2023

Now, you might be wondering, why bother with this whole reflection thing? Well, my friend, here's the deal – it's not just about nostalgia; it's a strategic move.

• Insights for Growth: Looking back at my 2023 journey gives me insights into my growth, not just financially but as an individual. Where did I stumble, where did I soar? It's a map guiding me toward becoming a better version of myself.

• Gratitude Attitude: Reflecting on accomplishments cultivates gratitude. In the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to overlook the victories, big and small. This exercise brings them to the forefront, making me appreciate the journey.

• Strategic Planning for 2024: Armed with the knowledge of my achievements and shortcomings, I'm better equipped to plan for the future. What worked in 2023? What didn't? It's not just about setting goals; it's about setting the right goals.

Your Year-End Reflections Starter Pack

Alright, it's time to turn those wheels of change! Here's your actionable plan for today:

1. Notebooks Galore: Hit your local dollar store and snag three notebooks and a 2024 planner. Trust me; this investment is cheaper than a venti latte and far more beneficial.

2. Baseline Building: In the first few pages of your business and personal notebooks, jot down all your 2023 accomplishments. Big or small, they all count. This is your baseline for 2024.

3. Comparative Reflection: Take a moment to reflect on your 2023 self. Compare it to your 2022 or 2021 self. The journey might surprise you. Growth is a sneaky ninja!

4. Goal-Setting Party: Start setting those goals for 2024. Feeling lost? Fear not! We'll be diving into the art of goal setting in the next blog post. Stay tuned!

5. Tag Along: Join the reflection party on Twitter! Share your journey, and your goals, and let's cheer each other on. Tag me, and let's make 2024 the year of unstoppable growth!


Final Thoughts

And there you have it, folks! Year-End Reflections aren't just a trip down memory lane; they're the GPS for your journey to success. So, grab those notebooks, relish the victories, learn from the defeats, and get ready to conquer 2024! Remember, the best stories are written by those who never stop learning. Until next time, stay awesome, keep hustling, and embrace the beauty of your journey!

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