Take one hour to reflect, assess and plan out your 2016 based off of your 2015. Time yourself on this exercise and keep a copy of your answers to refer to throughout the year. There are five sections of this guidebook: reflection, growth, assessment, anticipation and planning.


  1. What five things are you most grateful for about what happened in your life in 2015?
  2. What one word summarizes your 2015?
  3. What did you accomplish in 2015? Specifically, list out three of your top accomplishments or celebrations for the following categories:
  • Personal:
  • Business:
  • Financial:
  • Physical:


  1. What area of your life experienced the most growth in 2015 (your physical self, your emotional self, your career self, your spiritual self, your financial self, etc.) and what did that growth look like?
  2. With the above answer in mind, what area of your life do you want to see growth in for the year of 2016?
  3. What were your best practices in 2015 that you want to carry on into 2016?
  4. If you could change one thing about your approach to 2015 what would it be?
  5. What was the top lesson you learned about yourself in 2015?
  6. What was the top lesson you learned about life in 2015?
  7. What person was the most influential in your life in aspects of your personal growth and development in 2015?
  8. List out three to five people / leaders you will be surrounding yourself with in 2016 to create a positive circle of influence and growth for yourself:


  1. What are your current five strengths as a person?
  2. What are your current five strengths in your business life?
  3. What are your current three weaknesses as a person?
  4. What are your current three weaknesses in your business life?
  5. What currently makes your soul sing and what do you really love to do?
  6. What motivates you and drives you every day?
  7. What is on your WLWB (when life works best) list on a daily basis that sets you up for a successful and productive day?
  8. What time of day do you operate at peak productivity? When are you your best?


  1. Start your future casting for 2016 by asking yourself the following questions about what you want and anticipate for 2016:
  2. What do I really want?
  3. What is important about it?
  4. How will I get it?
  5. What is preventing me from having it?
  6. How will I know if I am successful
  7. What would you do with your 2016 if you knew you could not fail?
  8. What are your top three core values that you will use to guide your life in 2016?
  9. What one word will define your 2016?
  10. How much money do you want to make in 2016?
  11. What will you do with that money / what is the intention of your main financial goal in 2016?
  12. What can you do to “be more” in 2016 in the following categories:
  13. Mind (Intellect / Emotional Growth / Business)
  14. Movement (Physical fitness / Health / Wellness)
  15. Meaning (Spiritual / Legacy)


  1. What are your top “Big Five” goals for 2016? These can be personal and professional goals.
  2. Why do these goals matter to you now in 2016?
  3. What is your BHAG, or “big, hairy, audacious goal” for 2016?
  4. What will accomplishing your BHAG mean for you and how will you celebrate it?
  5. What is the first step you need to take right now towards your BHAG?
  6. What bad habits do you most need to drop in 2016 because it holds you back from living out your full potential? Outline your plan.
  7. What will you do in 2016 to make better use of your time?
  8. What is your reading schedule or goal for 2016?
  9. How specifically will you invest in your personal development in 2016?
  10. How many vacations will you take in 2016? Where to, when and for how long?
  11. What are three ways you can be a better spouse or significant other
  12. What are three ways you can be a better parent?
  13. What are three ways you can be a better friend?


Kris Wood

I just wanted to let you know that I cannot wait to hear your episode this year about the annual guidebook. It’s my favorite aspect of your show.

I did a good job checking in with my guide book almost every month this year. I was not perfect, but I was excellent. ???? My main goals from 2015 were;

1) read three books

2) reduce my environmental impact

3) meditate at least two times a week.

While they may not appear to be lofty goals, you do have to factor in the amazing things I’ve done in addition to those this year.

With the help of your guide Book worksheet, I was really able to reflect back and see my progress. Your worksheet helped me to quantify my progress in a non perfectionistic way. Your show works. You are changing peoples lives.  I know it works because this time last year I was so depressed that I didn’t reach my New Year’s resolutions from the year before. And this year I’m really proud of myself. I reached my goals without drastically changing my life. Doing it that way made my goals easily become habits in my life. And I did it without being shackled to the desperate need to be perfect! I’m already working on 2016!!!

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