The end of the year often finds many of us feeling at a crossroads as we look back at the year and start to make plans for the year ahead. It can be easy to get caught up in the things that we didn’t accomplish, the losses and the regrets. Make a point this week to focus on the amazing things that happened in 2011 – new career opportunities, new or rekindled friendships, new life and newfound joys.
As we gear up for 2012 we can quickly become overwhelmed by all that we want to do. Vow this year to keep it simple, understand why you set specific goals, and be realistic about where you need support so that you can make things happen. If you don’t have much time in the crazy hustle and bustle of the rest of the year, find a few minutes to take the following actions and you’ll be in great shape for remembering an awesome 2011 and preparing for an even better 2012!
- Make a 2011 gratitude list – You can keep this simple or get really creative with this. The most important thing is to make a list of at least 12 things that were really amazing in your life this year. Keep this somewhere visible to remind you what an incredible journey this past year has been. You can write it on a plain piece of paper, add some color and photos – you can even make a gratitude scrapbook or collage if you want to make a fun project out of it. Reflecting on the positive helps us remember how good life can be to us when we’re not even trying.
- Set realistic goals – When thinking ahead to 2012, don’t overwhelm yourself by vowing to make huge changes overnight. As you write your list of goals, also explore what reaching those goals will mean for you in other areas of your life. You will find that focusing on a few really important goals will impact your life in large ways without feeling as challenging.
- Get support – Be okay with the fact that lasting change takes time and requires help. Let those around you know that these goals are important to you and ask them to back you up when you need it. Support can come in many forms – working towards a goal with a partner, getting help so you can create space for yourself, or finding someone who will stretch you as you challenge yourself.
Peace, Love, and Wellness,