• Simon Zryd

An Honest Review of 2014 and Looking into 2015

Updated: Oct 7, 2021

First of all I want to wish you all a prosperous and successful New Year. This post is a more personal one... Over the holidays I met many of my readers and one of things you mentioned was that you’d like to hear more about myself – what I am working on, my challenges, my goals, my successes, etc. I really appreciate your feedback and encouragement. Going forward I will take your advise to heart and share more authentically about my personal life. Maybe not in every post, but definitely more… ;-)

As many of you know, each year, I take some time in December to do my Annual Review. The purpose of this yearly review is to reflect on the previous twelve months and write an honest review of what went well, what could have gone better, and what I¹m working towards.

My Annual Review is a time when I get to celebrate the hard work and important decisions I have made over the past year, while also taking an honest look at where I failed and how I can improve.

One thing I have to continue to remember is that it is not important to compare myself to others, but to myself. When I compare myself to others I have the tendency to feel like I am failing, or not good enough, but when I look at where I was a year ago and where I am now, then I have to say I am succeeding and I feel much better about what I have accomplished.

I use the Annual Review to be honest about where I am really at in life and where I want to go.

Some of the things that I accomplished this year:

  • Getting my first book published – “Successify Your Business – 12 Business And Marketing Secrets All Entrepreneurs Must Know To Build A Thriving Business”

  • Launched a my online coaching academy - Thriving Startup Academy and Breakthrough Performance Academy

  • Spent quality time with my daughter

Some of the things I didn’t succeed at:

  • Creating a strong Mastermind Group around me

  • Launch my group-coaching program

  • Find a partner coach for my coaching practice

  • Spend enough quality time with my wife

  • Travel to Europe

Even though I have very specific goal I want to achieve in 2015, my main focus this year will be on the following three areas:

1) Courage and Full Self Expression

2) Discipline

3) Urgency

1) Courage And Full Self Expression

Looking back at 2014, I feel that I still am too concerned about what other people think of me. I have a conceptual understanding that in the end it doesn’t really matter, but when I look at my behavior then I have to admit I let myself still be influenced by that concern.

I could see that I have somehow created a concept (belief that is not true) that because I am a coach and my “job” is to help others, that I shouldn’t really expose my challenges or share openly areas which I am working on improving.

In retrospect I am seeing that the cost of “having my sh*t together” all the time is that I am cutting myself short on meaningful interactions and a true exchange with others.

There is a wall of protection I have built up that actually gets in the way of me communicating and expressing love and help fully. It will take courage and letting go of formed habits to make a real change in this area, but I am seeing that the price of not doing that is simply to high.

So my focus for this year is to be more open, share more personally and through that stay connected with myself and the people I interact with.

2) Discipline

This year I want to build a new relationship with discipline – and master it. Many of you know me and would probably say that discipline is not necessarily an area that I need to focus on, however, I do want to take my level of discipline to a new level.

To me discipline is the most critical tool that we all need to consistently strive to be better. I think that the amount of discipline someone processes is the number one factor that determines one’s level of success.

The three areas I specifically want to improve on are:

  • Meditation

  • Exercise

  • Minimum Daily Activities for my coaching practice

The reason I chose these three areas is because I know that if I can master these three areas the quality of my life will improve exponentially.


Meditation is probably the one thing in my life I love the most and do the least. Go figure… I need to meditate to feel connected to myself, to the Divine, so I can stay centered, focused and present. If I don’t meditate regularly I will get distracted by the pettiness of all the little things that go wrong every day. And if I let that happen I am not the best I can be for my clients and for myself.

I love to meditate because when I am in a calm and meditate state, the level of thinking and problem-solving that I can do is much higher than when I would try to find solutions somehow in the middle of the day with all the distractions going on.

My goal for this year is to meditate every day for at least 30 minutes and one time a week for at least 2 hours.


Over the last two years I have gone through stages of adhering to an intense exercise regimen and then not having a routine at all. And observing my performance and how I felt during those times, I realize that I was always more productive and felt better when I exercised. What a surprise ;-) That’s why going forward exercise will simply be part of my lifestyle.

Starting out, my goal is to do cardio workouts 4 times a week, with resistance, stretching and resting in between.

In order to be the best I can be, my body has to be in the best shape it can be. I owe it to myself, to my clients and the people I interact with to be my best. At this point it is simply a decision to do it. Everything else are just excuses.

Minimum Daily Activities For My Business

My coaching business is now officially three years old. Over these three years I have gone through different stages of motivation and inspiration. I have also learned that I might not feel full of energy, motivated and inspired every day. But during those “rough” days, what matters is that the fundamental things still are getting done.

For those of you who are in one of my coaching programs, you have probably heard me say: “It’s not how you feel that determines how you act. It’s how you act that determines how you feel.” It’s one of my favorite quotes of David Sandler and I strive to live by it myself.

3) Urgency

I would say that the majority of my last 15 years I have lived with a sense of urgency. I have a fundamental understanding that my life is very short and there is a lot I want to do and accomplish. But looking back at 2014, I have lost some of that intensity and drive – and I am not okay with that!

One of the number one excuse I hear from people is that they don’t have enough time and I know that if I would go through their day minute by minute, I would easily find 3-4 hours of time that is wasted every single day.

I have fallen trap to some of this myself over the last year and need to nip it in the butt.


Even though I don’t know what 2015 will have in store for me, I know that if I continue to stay focused on the areas I know I want and need to improve in, then it will be an awesome year. I will leave you with a quote from Thomas A. Edison:

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”

As always, it is a privilege to write for you. Thanks for reading.

To your success,

Simon Zryd, Business and Productivity Coach

#Goals #PersonalDevelopment #Productivity #TimeManagement

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