“Life can only be understood backwards; but It must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard
Ironic and a bit tragic, but you can learn a lot from your past if you take the time to pause and reflect. Move forward into tomorrow a better version of yourself. Trust in a better tomorrow earned by the mistakes of yesterday.
A time like the end of the year lends itself to this kind of reflection. We don't need the calendar to flip to inspire this kind of reflection, but since we're here, let's do it.
Let's start by setting a vibe, because it's so much more fun. Get comfy and here are a few things to think about:
Don’t just look at one very narrow pocket of life. I want you to think about all of the buckets in your life. Revisit this post for a refresher. So yes, your business, your work, your relationships, your health. Lots of us think about our health at this time of the year. Think about your hobbies. Think about your finances. Think about your spiritual health.
Do you have a hard time remembering what you did last year? I know I can attest to this. I'm gonna give you a couple of tricks to help dust off those memories.
Are you living true to yourself?
What worries you most about the future? How can you change?
What was your biggest achievement this year?
Are you achieving the goals you've set for yourself? Why?
What was your biggest mistake? What did you learn?
How did you take care of yourself this year?
What was your favorite way to spend your free time?
What contributions did you make to your community?
If you could travel back, what advice would you give yourself?
What skills did you develop? How can you further that?
As a last note, I want to encourage you to make sure that this isn't just a once-a-year ritual, but a regular practice. Happy Happy holidays everyone. I will not be here next week because I am taking some time off to be with my family. I will see you in 2023
You don't have to chose between your personal and professional life. Here's my secret weapon for getting the family chaos to calm.