The end of the year is a funny time. On one hand the pace slows right down as you start sinking into hard earned holiday mode, while on the other, your dream big plans for the New Year have you in energy overdrive as you start preparing to hit the ground running with your resolutions on January 1. Something I continue to hear over and over again is “thank-god this year is almost over”, and while we may have all had our fair share of trials and tribulations, looking back at the year as a whole in resentment isn’t going to do any good.
As hard as it might be to see at the time, believe it or not, sometimes the tough ones are more important than the smooth sailing ones. So before you write this year off as a total dud and start fantasising about how perfect the next one will be (all thanks to your sparkling new intentions), spend a bit of time reflecting on the year that was and make peace with anything you don’t want to bring into the New Year.
Write a list of everything you achieved
No matter how big or small it was, every single achievement still counts regardless. You might have nailed a recipe, gotten a promotion, smashed a PB, moved into a new house, gotten into a relationship, conquered a fear, booked a trip or stuck to a New Year’s resolution. While it might not have seemed like it at the time, every little win should be celebrated or at the very least, recognized. When you spend some time really thinking about how much you’ve achieved in the space of one short year, you’ll end up truly amaze yourself with just how fabulous and accomplished you are.
Make peace with anything that’s haunting you
Not every memory or experience from the past year is going to be a positive one, but sometimes the tough moments are more important and significant than the smooth sailing ones. Whether it was a work pickle or a relationship problem, ask yourself what you learnt from it so you can make peace with the situation and move on. Ain’t nobody got time to drag their baggage into 2017.
Don’t call it a bad year
As trying as it might have been, don’t write it off as a bad year, but rather a challenging one. Sure, bad moments, bad days and bad weeks may even have happened, but instead of looking at them in complete disdain try and find the lesson in them – because there’s a lesson in everything (even when you don’t feel like learning one).
How are you getting ready for the new year?