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Happy New Year 2018 Year In Review

Happy New Year: 2018 Year in Review

As we transition into 2019, we wanted to bring you a personal message about how we bring closure to the end of 2018 and transition into 2019 with as much strength and intention as possible.  We think this will be really helpful to you as you’re building a life and business you love and taking control of your destiny.

The Clean Slate of a New Year

Ever since I was a kid, I loved waking up to freshly fallen snow.  The world was covered in white with no tracks, disruptions, or flaws. It was a fresh, clean slate.

That’s how I feel about the new year. It’s this clean slate that creates an expectancy, like anything is possible.  It’s a new beginning, a new start, and new goals.

Purpose Instead of Resolutions for the New Year

But instead of getting caught up in the buzz of new year’s resolutions that usually are broken and fail within the first 24 hours of the new year, how do you stay in abundance and the right mindset?

How do you set your intentions and purpose for the new year so you’ll succeed? 

Start by Honoring Last Year’s Successes

And whether last year was a triumph that exceeded all of your goals, or whether you are still reaching for goals that you haven’t yet mastered, how do you honor and value last year? 

How do you learn from it, get a sense of closure, meaning and purpose? 

And how do you use the last year as a foundation that propels you into the new year as a better, stronger, kinder, wiser, and more successful person?

Since this life is one long story, how do you finish well in the middle of the journey?  

Our Year End Reflection Tradition

We’re going to share with you what we do as part of our ritual and tradition at the end of every year to reflect on the last year, gain insight, and get clear on the next year.

We used LifeBook’s annual end of year reflection ceremony guide here to have a series of in-depth conversations over the last week.  

In this episode, Lucas and I share our theme for last year, our biggest triumphs and lessons learned, and how we’re using that as a foundation for success in 2019.

This process helps you to stay positive by looking backward at how far you’ve come.

Start With Gratitude

It’s critical to start with gratitude.  Gratitude paves the way to focus on the good stuff and invites more of it into your life, because you’re in the right mindset to receive more.


As we built The Money Advantage from a podcast to an online business, focus was a key theme for us.  This was more about saying no to all the wrong things. 

As Richard Wilson points out, the ultra-wealthy focus on what they do best.  

Only a few things matter to anything, find those few things, stick to them and master them. 

Darren Hardy

Anything that you do there are only a few things that are vital.  There are 100’s of things that must happen with open heart surgery, I only do 2 or 3 things and I leave everything else to my competent team. 

Dr. Oz, Heart Surgeon

For every 100 great opportunities, I say no 99 times.

Warren Buffet

I’m as proud of what we don’t do as what we do.

Steve Jobs

We set up the foundation for expansion by focusing on our unique abilities and delegating.

Looking Forward to the New Year

Because we’ve laid down a tremendous amount of foundational work, we can now accelerate our growth by increasing our exposure.

The Value of Faith

Wherever you are, whether satisfied that last year was exceptional, or frustrated that it was less than your expectations, choose to walk in faith. 

Persevere in seeing every step you take as part of a bigger journey, and know that you’re becoming the person who’s capable of serving more greatly and expanding your influence.

Here is to a very successful 2019!

Happy New Year!!!

Success leaves clues.  Model the successful few, not the crowd, and build a life and business you love.

Rachel Marshall

Rachel Marshall

Rachel Marshall is the Co-Founder and Chief Financial Educator of The Money Advantage. She is known for making money simple, fun, and doable. Rachel helps her clients create time and money freedom with cash flow strategies, Privatized Banking, and alternative investments. Rachel is the co-host of The Money Advantage podcast, the popular business and personal finance show. She teaches how to keep more of the money you make, protect it, and turn it into cash-flowing assets.

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  1. Avatar Tom Spoors on January 2, 2019 at 5:25 pm


    • Rachel Marshall Rachel Marshall on January 3, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you!! I’m glad you enjoyed our recap! Hope this helps you think through closing out your year and embracing the best in the coming year!

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