looking back before looking ahead
I have a practice of wrapping up my year by looking back before I look forward. I look back to acknowledge and honor my challenges, celebrate my successes, and notice all the ways I grew. I do this at the end of a year before I choose my intentions and goals for the new year so I can build upon my growth and momentum. I generally choose a word or concept that serves as my overall vision for the year (last year I chose 'harmony') and a single word that reflects my overall intention for the year (last year - 'nourish'). These words together create a compelling, forward-moving focus, and help me choose how I'll invest my time and energy.
All other intentions, goals, and priorities I set throughout the year must align to my vision and intention, so that I am empowered to claim resonant YESes and equally empowered to say confident NOs, too.
Here are a few questions you can use to reflect upon your 2020. I encourage you to write the responses down so you can look back at them again.
*What were your biggest life lessons this year?
*What specifically did you learn about yourself?
*What challenges or fears did you overcome?
*What were your successes?
*In what ways did you change, stretch beyond your self-limiting beliefs or grow beyond your comfort zone?
*What's something new you discovered about yourself that you appreciate and love?
*Who made a positive impact on you and your life this year?
*In what ways did you positively impact someone else's life?
*What else are you grateful for?
*Given all this, what are you carrying with you into 2021?
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