This time of year brings the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months and appreciate all that you are, right here right now. You aren't the same you as you were one year ago, and you aren't the same you as you will be in another years time.
I'm sure you will agree, 2020 will be a year you won't forget any time soon. No matter what your situation or how the events and experiences of this year have affected you, it is always beneficial to take a moment to pause and reflect before moving forward. Reflection practise is a great way of studying yourself, your own experiences and how you work, to help you acknowledge, appreciate and be able to grow.
Below there are 6 different questions or areas of contemplation. You don't need to do it all in one go, maybe you might like to set aside a little time each day to work through one or two. Whenever you are ready, grab yourself a pen and paper and let's get started.
What have I learned this year? What have I achieved?
1. I encourage you find a quiet space and write down anything you have learnt this year. It could be anything from a course you have completed, from studying or at work, from watching a documentary or reading a book, it could be from relationships with others or with yourself, either positive or negative.
There is no right or wrong answer, we are all on a journey and learning from our experiences all of the time. Just take a moment to think and let your mind and heart pour onto the paper.
2. Next write down any achievements you have had for 2020. It may seem hard at first but hopefully once you get writing, things will start to flow, your list will grow and you will realise just how much greatness you have accomplished. Even if ultimately it hasn't been the greatest year for you, I know you will be able to say you are proud of yourself for some of the things you have done.
These can be anything at all; maybe posting a live video on instagram for the first time, or holding your first conference meeting at work or removing yourself from a toxic situation. It's quite an big deal to step out of that comfort zone right? I hope as you write these down you feel a sense of achievement.
What is fulfilling in my life? What am I proud and grateful for?
3. What in your life brings you real happiness, satisfaction or contentment? take a couple of minutes to think about this and write it down. What arises here when you think of this, do you get a warm feeling inside? If you don't feel fulfilled with certain aspects of your life, what do you need to do to change that?
4. Who and what in your life makes you feel proud and grateful? It could be gratitude for your own personal strengths and abilities. Write down at least 5 things. Practising gratitude can improve happiness and life satisfaction. Writing regular things daily in a journal or more frequently helps you to appreciate the smaller things in life.
Where am I now and Where am I going?
5. Acknowledge where you are at right now, are you going through any big changes or shifts within your life, have you got a big vision in your head but don't know where to begin, how are things for you personally, financially etc. Every thing that has happened in your life so far has led you to where you are right now. Don't worry if you aren't where you thought you would be now, this year has been heavy and growth isn't linear, every step is part of your journey.
Optional Addition; Goal Setting
6. What are the next steps for you? What do you see for your future? What do you need to do to help you get on the right path? Make these small measurable steps that you can achieve and set realistic timeframes using the SMART method; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound. Doing this will help you gain a better sense of direction and will increase your motivation.
Hopefully once you start writing things down you will get into a flow. Read over what you have written. Take time to think about the questions, process it, maybe meditate on it then come back to this whenever you need it.
I really hope you have found these exercises beneficial and have brought you some clarity as to where you are at right now.
Wishing you all the best for the year ahead. SC x