Happy almost new year my friends! 2018 is right around the corner. The new year brings a time of goal setting and focused intention. But, before you get started on creating your big dreams in 2018, it’s important to take a look back and reflect on 2017, the year you are leaving behind. This will help you start the new year with a sense of closure and clarity, which will make it easier to make your new goals a reality as you move forward.
Here is a simple exercise that you can use to walk you through the process. You can do this on your own with a journal, or share aloud with someone you trust. My husband and I did this exercise together on a long car ride, and it was a meaningful experience for us both.
Go back through the year of 2017 month by month starting in January.
What stands out to you about each month?
What major and minor life events occurred?
What did you do?
Who were you with?
Who did you help?
What did you create?
Notice any celebrations that you can recall.
What made you happy?
Where did you find joy?
Now look at the challenges.
What was difficult for you?
What did you learn from these challenging experiences?
What lessons did they hold for you?
Bring to mind all of your achievements big and small, personal and professional. Notice how you feel when you think about them. Take some time to soak in these positive feelings.
Bring to mind all of the lessons that you learned from the hardships you faced this year. Feel grateful for these learning experiences. The difficult parts are over, and now the lessons remain. Soak in the gratitude for these lessons.
Now you are ready to begin 2018. Now that you’ve taken a look at where you’ve been, you can decide where it is that you want to go next.
You are a different person than you were one year ago. You are ready to step into 2018 with all of the achievements and lessons of 2017 to back you up.
From this place, you can get clear about what you want to create in your life in the coming year. How do you want to feel in 2018? Who do you want to be? What consistent, daily actions can you take to feel the way you most want to feel? What small, doable action steps can you take to become the person you most want to be?
Cheers to a beautiful year ahead.
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