The end of the calendar year is a great time to look back on what happened in your world in 2017.
Self reflection helps us grow, and allows us to successfully set goals for the upcoming year. While you may have many things already in place – goals that you are actively working to achieve, there are small things that you may be able to build on.
For example most of us have some kind of health goal. We want to be fit for life, or we want to lose 10 lbs., maybe we wanted to try a vegan diet or just cook more for our family and friends. Ask yourself, in what ways have I allowed myself to be creative in my food or health choices? Most of the time we beat ourselves up at the end of the year instead of building on our success (no matter how small!)
Jennifer Porter writes in her HBR article about Self Reflection that, “Reflection gives the brain an opportunity to pause amidst the chaos, untangle and sort through observations and experiences, consider multiple possible interpretations, and create meaning.”
When looking back at your year, here are a few tips of things to try to help yourself see the bigger picture of you. Get a piece of paper and write and draw your answers to some of these questions:
- What key experiences did I have?
- What challenged my thinking?
- Where did I learn the most about myself?
- Where in myself did I create change this year? (spiritual, mental, physical, emotional)
- Who starred in my year? What did they teach me?
- What was the most challenging experience I had? What did I do to help myself through it?
This holiday break is a fantastic time to set yourself up for the new year. Start with creating a visual picture of where you have been this year. Then, you know what is coming next, it’s a great time to envision that desired state. Draw a picture or clip some magazine pictures of the things you want and put them where you can see them.
Remember, when you’re setting goals, choose to focus on what you want, not what you want to avoid. For example, instead of saying:
– I don’t want to feel stiff and sore every morning.
– I want to wake up feeling strong and energized.
Positive outcomes are great motivators, and will give you something exciting and pleasurable to work towards!
This is your time to step into and embrace the fullness of your Creative Genius.
Reflect and respond to the things that call you to step into your greatest self.
Happy New Year! Here’s to making powerful change this year.