It’s now a week since the official end of the New Year’s holiday period. So, I thought it was the perfect time to share my end of year reflection and new year’s resolution tips.
I’m a firm believer that if you don’t reflect on what happened in your 2017, you’ll still be hanging onto it all in 2018 and won’t enjoy the benefits of starting the year with a clean slate.
I know that there is a pile of information out there, which states that the time between Christmas and New Year is the best time to reflect and set your goals for the following year. Well, I’m going to strongly disagree with that pile of information. I can’t for the life of me, see how you could possibly be in the right head space at this time of year to tackle this objectively. Surely, waiting until near the end of your holidays, or even soon after you’ve started back to work, would be a better time? Your head will be clear, ready to calmly reflect on your 2017 and able to put things into perspective. Before, drawing a line under them and moving positively into 2018.
Think about your relationships, career & lifestyle choices
Celebrate your achievements, acknowledge those who were there for you & identify what your motivation was.
Own the things that you have learnt about yourself. Think about what consumed your time this year, the way it was divvied up and if you would like to do things differently.
Before I even start to talk about the how to achieve. I want to clarify the difference between resolutions and intentions because this is at the core of why so many of your new year’s dreams fall by the wayside.
RESOLUTIONS: are problems that you have identified in your universe, that you have chosen to resolve and are clear about what those changes will look like.
INTENTIONS: are those more general things that you would like to change but are not driven to resolve, and that is why they easily slip off the to-do list when the holidays are over, and you are once again consumed by your daily routine.
In recent years there has also been a lot of hype about choosing a one-word theme that inspires you throughout the year and is often a word that also links your resolutions together.
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