As we approach the New Year, many will find themselves both reflecting on this year and anticipating the next.
That’s the beauty of this season, isn’t it? It’s the reason we all proudly proclaim our New Year’s Resolutions on December 31st. Even though we have the power to set and make progress toward and achieve new goals at any time of the year, the end of one year and beginning of another offer the perfect opportunity to reflect and refresh in every area of our lives.
But how exactly do you reflect on the past year in a way that’s intentional and builds a foundation to start planning for the next?
Congratulate & Celebrate
Start by celebrating everything that you’ve accomplished so far! It’s all too easy to become hard on ourselves at the end of the year; thinking back on everything we wish we’d done or said or accomplished. But you’ve likely done more than you even realize! Make a list of three (or more!) accomplishments from 2016. Think on it, and pick the stuff that you’re really proud of. As with any reflective process, it’s important to recognize and celebrate what went right. Give yourself some credit and celebrate your wins!
Consider What’s Working (and What Isn’t)
Whether you started the year with a list of big (and small) goals or not, you likely know which activities, habits, relationships, etc. have been working for you—and which haven’t. Take some time to review your New Year’s resolution list, or start making one right now. (We’ll have more tips to help with that next week!) That new weekly spin class habit? That might be worth keeping. But the daily Starbucks habit? That you may want to curb. But again, this is about what’s working (and not working) for you, and nobody else. So, get honest with yourself!
Reassess Your Goals
Lastly, take a minute to review the goals you’ve set—whether you set them in January, or started jotting them down throughout this review. Are your goals (both personal and professional) still aligned with the life you want to live? With the person you want to be? With the relationships you want to build and the work you want to create? Goals and resolutions are great, but only when they intentionally align with how you want to feel, the person you want to be, and the life you want to live.
What are you celebrating as you reflect on 2016? Share your big (or small) wins with us in the comments below!
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