Win Harper | Life and Leadership Coach

Give Yourself an A for 2016

Here is an exercise I do every year.  I have attached the reasons I earned my A in 2016, and I would love to see yours.  At the end of the year, I do a review of my A. My review of 2015 is on my blog at my website:  http://www.winharper.com

Exercise: Give Yourself An A

I want you to think about 2016 and what you want to do and achieve. Now, I want you to give yourself an A for the whole year.  The A is based upon your effort and your accomplishments.  Now I ask that you write me a letter telling me why you deserved an A.  I want the letter to start with “Dear Win, I earned my A because…” and then describe in as much detail as possible, how you came to achieve this extraordinary grade. 

Now go to this time next year, and look back, and write about all the insights you acquired, milestones you attained during the year as if these accomplishments were already in the past.  Everything must be written in the past tense. Phrases such as, “I hope,” “I intend,” or “I will” must not appear. If you wish you may mention specific goals you reached, but I am more interested in the person you will have become by January 2017.  I am interested in the attitude, feelings, and worldview of the person who will have done all he wished to do or become everything he wanted to be.  And I want you to fall passionately in love with the person you are describing in the letter.

Remember, it isn’t about reaching your goals…it’s about who you become as you try.  Who do you want to be in 2016?


From:  “The Art of Possibility”, by Ben Zander


I earned my A in 2016

Dear Win, I earned my “A” in 2016 because I continued to learn and grow through my contributions, practice, and study.


I began my year by uncluttering my life.  I took two days to go through my “stuff” and discarded or donated that which I no longer wanted in my life.  I immediately felt lighter and freer.


I took a creative non-fiction writing class at the local community college, and participated in many teleseminars on the National Association of Memoir Writers.


After recovering from my shoulder replacement surgery I started working out on a regular basis, and got my weight down to 170.  In June I ran 2 miles in 22 minutes.  I played a lot of golf during the summer and my handicap was 15.  My golf partner and I won our league championship.


I became a singer.  The exercises I did for my shoulder loosened my neck and freed my voice.  I sang at local Open Mikes and at an Omega Talent Show.  I recorded two songs – a Christmas song and a country and western one – for my friends and family.


My coaching practice grew and I taught at Omega.


This was my last year as President of the Middlesex Heritage Group, and I was able to get a couple of grants for the organization.  We rewrote our constitution and by-laws, and we got our citizen oral history program moving.  I also established a Hometown Heroes Program to recognize local active duty military men and women.


2016 was another great year.  I was open to opportunity and received many blessings along my journey.  I learned more about me, and my place in the universe.  I planted shade trees under which I know I will not sit.

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