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Dear friend—

Three weeks ago, I shared some thoughts on using the end of the year as a time for reflection. I challenged you to think about what you choose to reflect on and encouraged you to think more about the positive things that happened in your life this year.

I was originally going to post a FREE end of the year review guide for you and encourage you to use it during the holiday break before we head into 2020. I’m still going to do that because it’s Christmas, and there’s nothing more fun than giving gifts that make a difference in the lives of others.

But here’s what I’d really like to say with this week’s blog:

Thank you.

Thank you for continuing to believe that you can make a difference. Thank you for continuing to pursue personal growth. Thank you for every comment, every share, every click that’s propelled this blog past the 1,000,000-view mark since October 2018.

As I travel and speak, more and more people are stepping up and declaring that they can and will fill the leadership deficit we see in our world, and I couldn’t be more grateful for each one of you.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just getting started on your leadership journey, you have been one of the best things to happen to me this year. You’ve made me better with your questions, inspired me with your stories, and encouraged me to continue my journey by inviting me to be part of yours.

So, as a gift to you, the readers, and with thanks to my amazing team, I’m excited to give you a Christmas gift—a FREE year-end review PDF that you can download and use to help you with your time of reflection.

And, as a bonus, we’ve also put together an audio lesson from me that will help you make the most of the resource!

While I know holiday celebrations might take up a bit of your free time, there’s still plenty of opportunities between now and the end of 2019 for you to make time to settle down with the year-end review material and reflect on the year you’ve had. It will also help you prepare to make 2020 your best year yet.

I wish you nothing but the best in the year to come and hope that your holidays are full of joy and memories. Thank you for being part of my life and for making me better!

Your friend,



  1. Victor on December 24, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Thank you sir, you have been a great leader and I must confess that your words of inspiration about leadership have blessed my life richly. Indeed you are a blessing to our generation may God bless you sir

    • Agnes Sequino on December 28, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you for this very helpful Christmas gift. I wish you more blessings in the coming years as you are such a generous person with a big heart….Thank you for with us your knowledge so we could also grow in leadership for others. You have indeed multiplied!!! God bless you more!!!!


  2. Eustuce mulilo on December 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you for being such a huge ladder to my leadership journey and personal life. Your teachings have really impacted my life. Eustuce mulilo from Zambia

  3. Tanya Hargrove on December 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, your family and your team.
    I appreciate your service to the Lord and your kindness and love that you have for all of us,

    I hope for a more prosperous year ahead that is filled with blessings and creative ideas.

    Thanks again!

  4. Sheilla Lloyd on December 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you so much Pastor John Maxwell! You have been a blessing to my growth through your teachings online and at Christ Fellowship. Wishing you many blessings of peace, love and health and prosperity in year 2020.

  5. Samuel on December 24, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    You have being a blessing to me and many others who I love so much. God richly bless you Papa.

    • on December 30, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      You have been a blessing to me since 2011 in Tanzania/ Nyarugusu Refugee Camp. Now I live in Tucson, Arizona.
      May God bless you my coach in leadership!

  6. S.P Gazama on December 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you father John. You’re indeed living by example and, of course, this generation (and the ones to come) is tremendously blessed with such a rare personality like you. Sometimes I take a moment to imagine what the global leadership would look like without a leadership magnate like you. And when I realize the wisdom of God in timing and in raising men to meet the need of each generation, I relish the moment. I am always more excited to realise that I am a beneficiary of God’s tremendous blessing-JOHN C. MAXWELL-to this undeserving generation. I love you Father John! I wish you a sensational Festive season.

  7. Miguel Perea on December 24, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Marry Christmas John. Best for all you relatives and our prayers for them and you.
    Big huge hug!

  8. Paul on December 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks sir for your generosity. Sharing so many resources. I will definitely be joining your team this 2020. That will be my gift to my self.

  9. jerry lindgren on December 24, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    I do like your teaching the problem I have is the money to pay for it.

  10. Fiewor modupe on December 24, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    I appreciate the fact that I get inspired every time I listen to you. You are such a great mentor. Thanks for being a blessing. Happy holiday.

  11. John Fwangshak Mutang on December 24, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    You have been a pillar at night and a cloud in the day for us. We love you sir.
    Merry Christmas Sir

  12. Gary Whitaker on December 24, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Cannot download pdf file. I don’t have a coupon code.

    • Gary Whitaker on December 24, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      The email link led to a pdf file.

    • Jason Brooks on January 3, 2020 at 11:16 am

      Hi! There is no coupon code required for download–you can leave the box empty and continue with the checkout process.

  13. Ann Obiorah on December 24, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you Sir John! You’re indeed a blessing to humanity. Your teachings on leadership has tremendously improved my leadership roll in my team, family and with people generally. I indeed grateful for all your support. May God richly endow you with more wisdom. Wishing you a super festive celebration.

  14. Emma Omeje on December 24, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Dady. May God bless you powerfully for allowing him to use you to be a blessing me and the whole world. Words are too limited to express your impact to our generation. Chai. We love you.compliment of the season

  15. Shirley on December 24, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Please, may I know the coupon code?

    • Jason Brooks on January 3, 2020 at 11:16 am

      Hi! There is no coupon code required for download–you can leave the box empty and continue with the checkout process.

  16. Victoria on December 24, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Merry Christmas to you & thank you. God Bless ?

  17. Reynadlo Rivera Avante on December 24, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this articles it help me in my ministry among the pastor here in the Philippines.
    Thank you for investing in our lives.
    God bless you more. Dr. John Maxwell and your ministry

  18. Gerson Desardén on December 24, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Since 2000 I have been reading your books and later subscribe to Minute with Maxwell. Recently enroll in your Academy. Also I have been hearing the John Maxwell Company podcast. I have been encourage to grow as a leader. Thank you for investing your time in adding value constantly to people as I.

  19. Shamini on December 24, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you John, you have been a great leadership guru in my life. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. Thank you for the gift.

  20. Adonia on December 24, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    As always you grace us with your kindness. Love you to pieces, John C. Maxwell!!

  21. Dr Joyce on December 24, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Thankyou Great Mentor for enriching us with the good lessons on leadership. Indeed the lessons are encouraging, inspiring and motivating. Merry Christmas and a Happy new yesr.

  22. Grace on December 24, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    The Download link is not working well. What coupon code do we apply ?

    Even when you put your email you land on another page that asks for a password.

    Please advise

    • Jason Brooks on January 3, 2020 at 11:16 am

      Hi! There is no coupon code required for download–you can leave the box empty and continue with the checkout process.

  23. Dixie Hofer on December 25, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Thank you Dr. Maxwell – this was a great lesson and the worksheet will be so helpful when I sit down to do this review! You have been an inspiration of true leadership since my husband and I were in Seminary in Dallas, TX and I was a young nurse, working and learning how to lead others. Those first books and INJOY life lessons were so helpful in being confident that servant leadership was the best way when I was seeing something different in the business world at the time. And as we all age, I continue to find inspiration in your attitudes, your perseverance and curiosity and mindset of growth! Thank you for being a “friend and mentor throughout the years!!

    • Charm Ellan Prabhu.A on December 25, 2019 at 2:08 am

      Thank you very much for your kindness. Really appreciate your wonderful service to humanity.many leaders were developed by your teaching .prayed for good health, your family, children and grandchildren….
      Wish you a merry Christmas and blessed New year 2020.
      With love and prayers
      Yours in Him

  24. Sumaila Drisu on December 25, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Thank you Dr. Maxwell. You have been a great inspiration to my life and those around me. God bless you greatly.

  25. A Wilhelmstätter on December 25, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Thank you. Please, where do I find the COUPON CODE to download the free gift?

    • Jason Brooks on January 3, 2020 at 11:16 am

      Hi! There is no coupon code required for download–you can leave the box empty and continue with the checkout process.

  26. Oluwajobi John. G on December 25, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Thank you so much sir, indid your life is an inspiration to me and I believe it’s to many out there. I pray for more of God’s grace upon you in Jesus name.
    Mery Christmas to you and all that support you to make things happen.
    God bless…………… Gbolagade from Nigeria

  27. Mara Roberta on December 25, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Hey, I have met you during the church classes , I have bought 21 books and during this 2020 I will read and put then in practice ! You are a man that teach me how to lead ! I have bought the leadership bible as well ! As a new person in God I am thirsty and hungry for the truth! I am a doctor ,,public servant , child of God , and in this next your or the other I would love to get to know you in person , on a meeting or conference ! God will do his way , I know there’s a high purpose thought me ! Thank you for your life , your thoughts and your team ! May God bless you even more ! @mararobertaneves

  28. Imaobong on December 25, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Thank you sir. I will download and use 5he guide, because it not fully a gift until it is put to use. Have a joyful celebration and may the joy of this season continue to resonate in your heart. Greetings to 6our fabulous team behind the scene. Thank you for your selfless effort this year.

  29. Olha on December 25, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Thanks for your inspiration and sharing your knowelage and experiance! may God bless you and help in your good intents for all over the world!!!

  30. Adeyemi on December 25, 2019 at 7:21 am

    The page is requesting for coupon code.
    I don’t know the coupon code to enter to have the gift download.

  31. Ime Emmanson on December 25, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I really appreciate this great End-of-Year gift. Honestly, you’ve been a great blessing to me and my leadership.
    Thanks for all your great messages in 2019; looking forward to having more of them in the coming year.

  32. David Oyibode on December 25, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I read one of books first time in my life today the 25thDec. 2019, titled the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. I’m so filled with it. You are a gift to our world. Thank you. I wish to read more as I can lay hands.

  33. Bayron Ruiz on December 25, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you very much Dr. Maxwell for a year of valuable teaching at the John Maxwell Team.
    You and your team have made and continue to make an important difference in my life and in my intentional growth.
    n the last year I feel that I have grown significantly and I see things in a different way. I’m more willing to make a difference and I’m still working for it.

  34. Elise Laurene Pusey Mitchell on December 25, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Gracias por cada palabra de ánimo porque ayuda a mi desarrollo personal, profesional, de liderazgo y como mujer que sirve a Dios, las comunidades y mi familia. Vemos hoy una gran crisis de verdaderos líderes que marquen la diferencia y que se apasionen por lo que hacen, y sus mensajes ayudan a que muchos aprendamos, valoremos y compartamos lo que enseñas por medio de su blog.

  35. Joselyn Racusa on December 26, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Thank you Ps John. You’ve been an inspiration and a great influencer to me and this generation. Thank you for sharing your life to us though we were miles apart, you’re able to connect to us.

  36. Christiana Corraspe on December 26, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I am the one who should be saying thank you. Since I have embarked on this journey of personal growth and development using your books, teachings, training, and mentoring I have experienced tremendous transformation and growth in my life. Also becoming a certified member of the John Maxwell Team have helped me to make decisions and changes in all areas of my life that I am truly grateful to you, your faculty and fellow JMT members.

  37. Joy on December 30, 2019 at 10:13 am

    I’m so excited for this end of the year resource. Can we get the coupon code needed for the download?

    • Jason Brooks on January 3, 2020 at 10:59 am

      Hi Joy–you can ignore the coupon code box. There’s no code required!

  38. Maria Hammett on January 1, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Happy New Year John Maxwell! I am like that sitcom Carol’s Second Chance. I am 58 and finishing my PhD and growing in leadership. So many times, your voice, through podcasts or other downloaded material has been the guiding voice to get me through challenging times at work and personally. You say often “I am your friend” and you truly have been a friend to me. I have had always had a never give up attitude and you help me to maintain the train of thought that there are always solutions and failures just bring us closer to finding the right solution. Thank you for caring and for the love you show people. I know you must make God smile.

  39. Jonel Banas on January 3, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Thank you and more blessings to you John. May you continue to inspire more as you have inspired me.

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