When we near the end of one year and anticipate the start of a new, there's typically a lot of buzz in the air about what each new year will bring and all that we have to look forward to: new energy, new opportunities, new experiences, new relationships. And this time around, no different than others, there's a great deal of excitement and anticipation in the atmosphere about what 2017 will hold. Before you exit 2016, however, and leap into the New Year, I encourage you, even challenge you, to do something before you make that leap.
Regardless of what kind of year this year has been for you--your best year, yet; your worst year, yet; or somewhere in the middle--over the next few days, before this year ends, take some time to reflect. Whether a few minutes or a few hours, carve out some time to think about this past year. If 2016 was a stellar year for you, where you accomplished many achievements and experienced many milestones, take some time to reflect on and savor them before you bolt into 2017 full speed ahead. Or maybe this year hasn't been all or any of what you envisioned it would be when the year started. Perhaps, you've had some setbacks and you're trying to make a comeback that hasn't yet happened. Maybe you've encountered some hurdles that you have still, yet, to conquer. Or you're climbing a mountain or digging out of a ditch, where the top nor bottom are nowhere in sight. Still, I encourage you to take some time to reflect.
Years ago, I began forcing myself to pause and ponder, particularly in between transitions, especially when winding down one year and approaching a new. By nature, I have a very hyper-active mind, so as soon as I enter a new experience or experience a new achievement, accomplishment, or milestone, I'm already automatically thinking about the next one unless I intentionally "put a pause." I've had times where I've arrived at situation "A" and within minutes of my arrival, even though I'm physically still there, my mind is already on to situation "B." So, unless I force myself to slow down, and maybe even stop, I'll just race from one place to another, from one hurdle to another, from one milestone, mountain, or ditch to another, or from one year to the next without ever taking time to reflect as I transition.
But why reflect? Why is reflecting so important? Why have I asked you to do this? Simply, because I'd like you to experience the value of, at least, three benefits that reflecting has to offer regardless of what kind of year you've had:
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