How Reviewing 2017 Can Help Set You Up For a Brilliant 2018


Did you set yourself goals for 2017?

If YES, now is a great time, to take stock of what you’ve achieved in 2017. Here’s some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Did you fulfil the goals you set for yourself in 2017?
  2. What have you learned about yourself, from working toward your 2017 goals?
  3. Are there any skills you need to learn, to help you achieve your goals?
  4. If there are goals that you set for yourself but didn’t complete, are they still important/relevant to your life?
    • If Yes – Why are they important to you and how will your life be impacted if you never achieve these?
  5. Did you find some goals easier to achieve than others?
    • If Yes
      • what motivated you, for the goals you found easier to achieve?
      • could you use the motivating factor, to help you work toward some of your other goals?
Why is it important to review your 2017 goals?

Checking back on what went well and what didn’t go so well, in relation to your 2017 goals, helps to clarify whether the goals are still relevant for you to continue in 2018 or whether they can simply be removed from your goals list. It also helps to understand what motivated you to achieve some goals and to identify the skills you may need to learn to help you achieve goals that you struggled to achieve in 2017.

If you didn’t set yourself any goals in 2017, looking back over your year, what have you achieved? Do you feel that you’ve moved forward or are you feeling stuck in a rut. If you want a copy of the Brilliance Within Goal Setting Workbook, to help you set some goals for 2018, let me know in the comments box below and I’ll send it to you.

Recognising how far we’ve travelled, helps us to focus on what the next steps are.

As many of you will know, 2017 has been a year of focussed and determined personal transformation for me. I made some major decisions at the beginning of 2017 and set myself some ambitious goals and there are times where I’ve been frustrated myself and felt like I wasn’t moving forward.

Taking some time in December, to look back and review my 2017 goals, has made me realise that although there have been times during the year where I’ve felt frustrated or annoyed with myself for not moving fast enough and not completing all the goals I’d set myself, I’ve actually achieved a lot that I can be proud of.

It’s really important to acknowledge what we’ve achieved, even if there’s still more work to be done.

Yes there are some goals that I haven’t achieved but the year has definitely been one of progress, learning, moving forward toward my dreams and personal transformation and reviewing my progress, has helped me to illuminate some of the blocks and beliefs that have held me back from achieving some goals, which will help me to spend some focussed time to work through these, in order to improve my chance of success in 2018.

Here’s some examples of my 2017 goal review:
  1. Goal: To keep Diabetes in remission by following a low carb diet
    • Achieved for 2017
    • Still relevant to continue as a goal in 2018
    • 2018 goal – up my game by losing a further 1 stone in weight, by April 18
  2. Goal: To establish a daily exercise regime
    • Achieved for 2017
    • Still relevant to continue as a goal for 2018
    • 2018 goal – up my game by increasing minimum daily routine from minimum of 5 minutes to 15 minutes.
  3. Goal: To improve the quality of my relationships with family and friends
    • Achieved for 2017
      • Making the decision to leave my job and go self employed, has enabled me to re-establish old friendships and to spend lots of quality stress-free time with my family. It also enabled me to support and really ‘be there’ for my family when life threw some lemons.
      • I’ve also made some lovely new long distance friendships with some wonderful bloggers, who have expanded my world, inspired me to continue my blogging journey and opened my eyes to future possibilities.
    • Still very important to me and relevant to continue as a goal for 2018
  4. Goal: To go self-hosted with my blog
    • Achieved
    • 2018 goal to build on the foundation laid with the self-hosted and up my game, by setting some new blog goals e.g. increase interaction, which has declined since going self-hosted and improve SEO etc.
  5. Goal: To become a public-speaker
    • Not achieved
      • I attended Andy Harrington’s Public Speaker University but haven’t actively pursued any public speaking opportunities.
      • I recognise that I’m blocking myself – some break through work required, to overcome my subconscious fears and beliefs about myself.
    • Still relevant for 2018
  6. Goal: To develop a profitable on-line income stream
    • Not achieved
      • I attended Paul O’Mahoney’s On Line Business Mastery Course and implemented some of the systems required.
      • I haven’t set up my ‘sales funnel’ which was a core element of the training and as a result, I’ve failed to achieve the goal.
      • I recognise that I need to up my game by improving my technical knowledge and skills around social media marketing systems.
      • I recognise that I have a financial block that I need to overcome, in order to move forward with this goal.
    • This Goal is still important and relevant to me for 2018
  7. Goal: To become a published author
    • Not achieved
      • I have moved forward with this goal and through my blogging, I now have enough content to pull together into an e-book
      • I’ve created several e-workbooks and learned how to create e-book covers etc.
      • I recognise that achieving this goal will also support my goal to become a confident and successful public speaker and improve my credibility and Brilliance Within Brand.
    • This goal is still important and relevant to me for 2018
  8. Goal: To develop a Brilliance Within Brand
    • Partially achieved
      • Moving to a self hosted blog, I was able to re-vamp the design of my blog and develop a brand style/theme
      • I have developed the Brilliance Within Vision Board and Stationery Set but the block on setting up an effective sales funnel has meant I’ve not been able to sell these.
      • I’ve worked on my personal style, which has improved my confidence and enabled me to start pushing myself to do some vlogs.
        • I recognise that there is some technical learning required to improve the quality of my video recordings – add to 2018 goals
      • I’ve improved my used of a range of social media, including:
        • setting up the Facebook page
        • setting up 2 x Brilliance Within groups
        • using Instagram and now becoming more focussed with the style of my Instagram posts
      • This goal is still relevant for 2018 and some clear specific goals and targets can now be established, to build on the foundations laid in 2017
For fun, I thought I’d give a photographic summary of my progress through 2017 and how some of the changes I’ve made, have enhanced my life!

cream-jacket-transformationFebruary 2017: I was preparing to attend Andy Harrington’s Power To Achieve Event in London and wearing a cream jacket and top, was a massive change for me, moving away from the dull and boring black business suits I was more used to wearing. Transforming my wardrobe was a great knock on effect of achieving my goal to lose 2 stone in weight.



microblading-eyebrowsAt age 56, I’d resigned myself to being eyebrow-less, so I was delighted to have the opportunity of being a guinea pig for my niece, when she was training in the art of micro-blading. I went from having no eyebrows to having a lovely new set of brows, which complimented my new makeup regime and improved my confidence in front of the camera, which in turn improved my social media postings.


For anyone who’s been following my blog over the last (nearly) 2 years, you’ll know my granddaughter’s are a big part of my life. So of course, they are always helping me to look my best!… hmmmm



moisturising-face-maskAt age 57, it’s been important to work hard on the wrinkles! I’ve not quite succeeded in banishing them altogether but they’ve definitely improved… As you know, I’m a great believer in holding the VISION but not a believer in BOTOX and this is definitely a ‘work in progress’ goal to continue into 2018!


I created the Brilliance Within Stationary set. I see this as being a great foundation to support continued development of the Brilliance Within Brand in 2018.



free-makeup-bagLearning some new make-up techniques and having some laser treatment to reduce the redness on my cheeks as a result of rosacea, definitely improved my camera confidence and will help me as I move forward with my vlogging goals for 2018



tasty-low-carb-healthy-eatingGoing self-employed in 2017, enabled me to spend time eating more healthily and to try out lots of new low carbohydrate recipes, which supported my healthy eating goal.



canon-cameraInvesting in a new camera and learning how to take better photographs has helped my blogging and social media goals. This is also a ‘work in progress’ and I’m greatly inspired by 2 fabulous bloggers, who add some amazing photographs to their blogs: Miriam from has opened my eyes to the beauty of Australia and Sumith has inspired me to continue learning how to use my camera to improve my social media posts, with his amazing food photography

Inspired by Paul O’Mahoney at the Online Business Mastery Training, I established the Brilliance Within 90 Day Habit Changing Challenge, to exercise every day for 90 consecutive days and although I had to re-set the calendar back to day 1 because I missed day 51, I’m on track to succeed and some fellow bloggers also joined the Facebook group and started their own 90 day journeys to establish new habits. It’s been a brilliant way to achieve one of my goals.

focus-vision-boardCreating the Brilliance Within Vision Board, provides a great foundation stone, for me to develop a new goal for 2018, to become a recognised expert in The Law of Attraction principles.



Learn-to-vlogLearning to VLOG was a goal for 2017 and it took me a while to overcome the fear factor. I’ve pushed myself to do it and set up my YouTube channel (very early days) and I recognise that technically, I’ve got lots to learn, so this is definitely on my goal list to continue for 2018. I’m determined that by December 2018, there will be noticeable improvements to the quality of my videos. I’m proud of myself for ‘Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway!”

free-downloadI created a downloadable E-Workbook, to support people with their own personal transformation journeys and I’ve been delighted at the feedback I’ve received and how my personal development posts have inspired other people to make changes in their own lives. This has given me the confidence to continue writing my book and I’m determined to achieve publication in 2018.


Gosh, just writing this post makes me realise how much I’ve learned in the last year and it’s given me a much clearer focus on some of the things I need to build on, as I move forward into 2018. I’ll be working through my Goal Setting Workbook, to establish some great new SMART Goals for the next year. I’ve laid lots of foundation stones in 2017 and now I’m ready, willing and able to build the bridges to enable me to continue on my journey over some of the obstacles that have sometimes blocked my path.

I’m feeling excited for 2018! Are You?

I’d love to know if you are facing any obstacles that you feel are holding you back and how you’re getting on with setting yourself some goals for 2018. Leave me a comment in the comments box…

I’m moving into 2018, with greater knowledge. skills and confidence, gained through working on my 2017 goals and I’m ready to reveal more of my Brilliance Within in 2018 and hopefully you are too!


Happy Xmas and May Your Dreams for 2018 Come True!













  1. Jonathan Clark
    December 30, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Hi Wendy!

    Thanks so much for sharing your 2017 journey! It is definitely important to review our progress on our goals to measure where we are and adjust where we are going. Also, as you mentioned, celebrating our victories is important. It helps us stay encouraged when we recognize our progress even though we have not reached the finish line. For many of us the finish line keeps moving anyway.

    I admire your courage to be vulnerable enough to share your journey and some of the improvements you’ve made. Those of us who have insecurities that sometimes hold us back appreciate you sharing your story because it helps us see we are not alone. Kudos to you!

    Here’s wishing you a productive and prosperous 2018!

    Jonathan Clark

    • Wendy
      January 1, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      Aww – how lovely Jonathon! What a beautiful comment and I’m delighted if sharing my story can help inspire others – thank you so much for inspiring me to continue sharing my journey.. It’s great to meet you!! May your dreams for 2018 come true. xx

  2. December 26, 2017 / 11:11 am

    You’ve had an amazing year Wendy. You should be so proud of all you’ve achieved. Sometimes it’s not until we sit back, write down and reflect on all that we’ve accomplished, like you’ve done, that we can truly appreciate how much we’ve moved forward (and how we can also improve). Thanks so much for the lovely mention. Here’s to the end of a fulfilling year and continuing to forge ahead in 2018. Big hugs xoxo

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