While a lot of people are focusing on what they want for 2015, it is also a good idea to reflect on how this year has enriched your life.
In a hasty pursuit to reach our goals, we can sometimes get into a habit of focusing too much on what we didn’t achieve, that in the process we overlook what we did actually achieve.
As in life, you can either focus on what you do have, or what you don’t have. At the end of every year, there will always be unreached goals because our growth is continuous and never-ending.
This is why it is important to acknowledge the progress you have made throughout the past year. If you think you haven’t grown much, then it is even more important for you to have this awareness.
You’ll know when you’ve reached your big key goals. But you might not have noticed the smaller, subtle changes that have been happening – and you should take note. You probably don’t notice after each day how much your pet or child has grown, but when you compare them with photos, isn’t it crazy how much they’ve changed!
Take some time to reflect on your own changes from the past year. If this year has been a tough one for you, it may be helpful to focus on who you have become as a result of those experiences. In what ways have you grown? Perhaps you have developed more compassion, learned patience, or you may have had to become stronger and more resilient.
Here are some questions for you to ponder in your reflections of 2014…
- What were your most memorable moments?
- In what ways did you live in alignment with your values? (eg. value = adventure, travelled to a new place / value = family, spent more time with them)
- What really worked for you that you enjoyed, and would like to repeat?
- What positive qualities in yourself have you noticed that you developed over the past 12 months?
- Out of an unpleasant event that you experienced, list one way in which you are proud of the way you handled it?
- What lessons have you learnt that will assist you moving forward?
Gratitude is the key to getting what you want
The best way to get what you want is to focus on gratitude, by feeling good about what you already have. The more you focus on what you love, the more of this you will attract.
So here’s to a 2015 that is abundantly full of experiences that bring you great joy and satisfaction.
Happy New Year 🙂