At the end of the year I always make time to reflect on the year gone by. To think about all the good times, recognise what I’ve achieved, how I’ve grown and reflect on the not so good times and what I’ve learnt. I take the time to write everything down, it’s like a summary of the year. And then think about my goals for the new year.
Seeing in the new year is always a mix of emotions and never the same, it depends on what’s happened that year. This year I’ve had amazing highs with the birth of my beautiful daughter and the launch of my website and some not so good times, it’s been a really mixed year.
Reflect on 2015
Write down all your achievements of 2015
No matter how big or how small, write everything down. You’ll probably have forgotten about some of your achievements from the beginning of the year. Looking back and seeing everything you’ve achieved in one year can be amazing.
What have you learnt in 2015?
Again no matter how big or how small. Highlight the really significant learnings for you, the ones that you want to make sure you carry forward.
Which moments are you most grateful for?
Without a doubt the moment I’m most grateful for this year is the birth of my daughter. But there are so many more; a trip to the zoo with my kids, hot chocolate at the new coffee shop with my other half, the time my 3 year old told me he’d make me better when I was ill but he needed his doctors kit first!
This is also a good time to think about how you want to recognise the things you’re grateful for in 2016. I’ve tried gratitude diaries, gratitude jars, not writing them down at all and just reflecting back at the end of the year. For 2016 I’m going to do a gratitude jar again, it’s so nice opening it up on New Years Eve and reading through those moments that you may have forgotten about had you not written them down.
And then for the new year think about what you want to achieve.
What are you goals for 2016?
Think about this as more than just a new years resolution. What do you really want to achieve? And don’t be afraid to dream big. Think about how it would feel to achieve your goal and keep this with you. Whenever you’re having any doubts about your goals come back to how you will feel once you’ve achieved them.
Your goals can be anything from what you want to do with your business, your career, your life or really practical things. One of my goals for 2015 was to get bifold doors in-between the living room and dining room!
By the way you can change your goals as you go through the year! Things change, and it may be that you need revise your goals, and that’s OK. Whilst I achieved some of the goals I set out at the beginning of the year, some changed too.
Pick 3 words for 2016
This year for the first time I chose 3 words that I wanted to reflect the year, they were love, happiness and belief. Belief is the one that’s stood out to me the most, I’ve learnt more this year about self-belief than ever before.
Happy New Year! I’m excited to see what 2016 will bring.