It is a perfect week to look back – to scan over the months and days of 2016 – a time for reflection.
To think about all the things that took place during the year.
To give our time and attention to the details of our life.
We worked hard to create every moment. To schedule every appointment. To accomplish every task.
Why not take some time to assess what it all meant and to reflect on the cumulative effect of all our hard work?
Take 30 minutes and sit down with your 2016 calendar and look back on the year.
Review each month carefully – noticing the doctor’s appointments, scheduled meetings, morning drop-offs, vacations, performances, family reunions, errands, date nights, work trips and house projects.
Think about the flow of money in and out of your life.
Think about your health throughout the year, the sick days and the well days.
Think about the love you gave and the love you received.
Think about the emotions you experienced throughout the year.
How did you feel most of the time?
Happy? Motivated? Excited? Confident? Focused? Content?
Afraid? Worried? Detached? Sad? Guilty? Confused?
Make notes and observations about 2016 and then answer these questions:
- What moments are you most proud of and why?
- Where did you struggle and why?
- What did you learn about yourself?
- How did you grow and evolve?
- Where did you hold yourself back?
Take responsibility and ownership of all of it. Every single moment was created by you.
It’s not just the events that fill the blocks of time on our calendars that matter – it is the effect of all of those events, combined with our physical and emotional well-being that determine the success of our lives.
It doesn’t matter how much we accomplished (on the calendar) in 2016, if we spent a lot of the year feeling exhausted, lonely, stressed out and broke.
This reflection exercise is so important because it encourages us to look at the whole picture of 2016 and to be honest with ourselves about our results. And here is what is really important to understand – our results are always created by our own thinking. Seriously! All of our 2016 results began with our thoughts. So all of our positive results started with positive thoughts and all of our negative results started with negative thoughts.
It is so important to really grasp this concept before moving into any goal setting for 2017 because you have the opportunity to generate different results for yourself by changing your thoughts. But before you do any 2017 planning, I really encourage you to look back in detail at 2016 and reflect on the overall outcome. Be honest with yourself about your year. Be truthful. Own it. All of it. From this place, you will be able to be much more authentic in looking ahead to what you want to accomplish next year.
Next week, I will give you some specific exercises on how to create your 2017 goals, using your most valuable and sophisticated planning tool – your mind! Here’s the link to the exercises: https://katiepulsifercoaching.com/2017/01/06/success/
Until then – Happy New Year!