I can’t believe we are 2 weeks away from starting a new year! It seems that 2014 just began and, now, it will soon be over. If you are like most people, you are starting to set your goals and plan your resolutions for 2015. Before you jump in to full planning mode, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on how 2014.
Humans are wired toward growth and expansion. In fact, in nature nothing ever stays the same. All living things are either growing and expanding or disintegrating and dying. High achievers are especially geared toward growth and are constantly looking ahead toward the next goal to conquer and the next mountain that needs to be scaled to get what they want. Focusing on what you want can be very motivating AND it can also be very discouraging.
When you reach one goal, you automatically set another. As a result, it can begin to feel like you aren’t really making progress. That’s when it is important to turn around and admire how far you have come. There may be 5 more miles of the marathon before you cross the finish line, but you have already conquered 21 miles. That is something to celebrate!
Evaluating what you have already accomplished and taking the time to celebrate it will inspire you to keep going and can (if you let it) make the journey more enjoyable. Learning how to be happy in the here and now and appreciating what you already have makes it easier to reach your goals.
As a holiday gift, here is a link to a worksheet that will help you review 2014 and begin to consciously plan 2015 based on how you want to feel.
Happy Holidays!! Here’s to mindfully creating 2015!!!