So it’s out with the old, in with the new. That’s what makes a new year so exciting.
But before that happens, consider some celebration and reflection on the year you’re leaving behind.
We can get so busy thinking about the shiny new person we’re about to become (sparkly resolutions anyone?), that we don’t pay heed to how we’ve grown and transformed. We don’t take stock. We don’t self-celebrate or high-5 our own stretched comfort zones.
Think about how it feels when you give someone a gift, and they don’t thank you for it. Bummed out, right? You probably feel a bit deflated.
Yet we do it to ourselves.
In the midst of the holi-daze, I offer you the following challenge (and it’s as much for me as it is for you): remind yourself to be mindful of your journey.
I call this process ‘remindfulness.’
On a daily basis, I’m learning to remind myself to check in. How present am I? How engaged am I with what I’m doing?
This new year, I’m going wider, applying remindfulness to my 2013 check in.
Have a go with your own responses:
What big, powerful lessons did I learn this year?
What I need to cut loose of that’s no longer serving me…
You know that old tape I play in my head, over and over? (Featuring: things I can’t do; why I’m not good enough; why this’ll never work, blah, blah, blah). So boring, and I’m so done with this. Note to self: I’m the DJ. Lets get a new mental playlist going for 2014. What’s on it?
What growth opportunities did I give myself? (note any that were especially uncomfortable at first)
What needs celebrating? (what did I dare try that turned out awesome?)
Late December is a great place to be. Take stock. Raise a glass. Thank yourself for daring. Before rushing forward, cast a mindful glance back.
The view’s fantastic from here.