If you are anything like me you jump into the new year with a whole heap of generic New Years resolutions such as get fit, loose weight & eat healthier etc. All of these resolutions are designed to be a one size fits all, quick fix to a better me, with a better life. One of the few things I did learn last year is that as an unique individual with unique needs, living a unique life I need to make a unique plan for myself, to grow in the directions I need to grow in, to achieve the goals that are right for me.
Cheryl Richardson in her book Life Makeovers; 52 Practical and Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time, suggests that you don’t rush into this new year frantically trying to catch up or make up for what you didn’t do in the past. That instead you get a fresh start on the process by being gentle with yourself. Take some time today to buy yourself the special gift of a journal that you really like. Then set aside some time to reflect on all you’ve done right over the last year by considering the following questions in it.
- What qualities of character have you strengthened?
- Are you more honest with others about how you feel?
- Have you learned to set boundaries with those people who drain your energy?
- Have you improved your communication skills?
- Have you become more sensitive to the needs of others?
- Have you shared an act of Kindness?
- Have you supported others in some way?
- Did you help a friend who was having a tough time?
- Did you care for an elderly parent?
- Did you coach your kids sports team?
- Have you volunteered for a non-profit organisation?
- What special memories have you created for those you love?
- Did you take a holiday that was particularly memorable?
- Did you organise an event that bought people closer together?
- Were there any special moments that stand out?
- What have you achieved or accomplished in your personal life?
- Did you meet your business goals?
- Did you get a promotion at work?
- Did you finish an important project?
- What have you channelled your creative energy into?
Use the answers to these questions to help you write a list of the 25 things you are most proud of accomplishing over the last twelve months, include ways that you’ve grown as a person, goals you’ve achieved and positive changes that you’ve made to your life.
Now from this list write down what your top five most important accomplishments are and what the three ways you’ve grown the most over the last year are.
When you’ve completed this take time to acknowledge your accomplishments and celebrate your successes. Remember to share your achievements with your loved ones.