If you're anything like me, you're probably thinking about all the things you want to accomplish in 2022. And it's only January 3rd! But before you start thinking of your resolutions and goals for the year, why not take time to appreciate what you have? This New Year's week, reflect on what you have accomplished this past year. Take time for some quality introspection. This can help give you focus for the new year. And it gives you a stronger start to focus on all of the good you’ve accomplished.
Make a Shift Not a Huge Change
So, maybe you had goals that you didn't quite accomplish this past year, but the new year is the perfect time to make a few shifts. No need to start over. What worked well for you? Where could you grow, make a shift in your life? Do YOU need to be your focus?
A resolution that could be more meaningful is to take some time for yourself every day. This can be something as simple as taking a break from your phone or laptop, and spending some time outside or reading a book. It's important to take some time to relax and rejuvenate, especially if you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Taking some time for yourself can help you recharge and feel more motivated to accomplish your goals.
Reflect on what you have accomplished this last year and take some time to think about what is coming up next.
Making big changes all at once is often overwhelming and can lead to failure. It's better to make small, gradual changes that will be more manageable and sustainable in the long run. For example, if you want to start eating healthier, begin by cutting out processed foods and sugary drinks, and adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Or if you want to start exercising, start by adding 10 minutes of walking or jogging to your daily routine.
Or if you want to grow your business, you might start by researching what other businesses in your industry are doing successfully. You could also look into ways to improve your customer service or marketing strategies. If leadership is something that interests or excites us then it's worth giving yourself some more meaningful resolutions that will help build leadership skills into who we are as people.
A resolution might be taking small steps towards achieving goals rather than trying to change everything at once- Rome wasn't built in a day after all! These little shifts will make a big difference in the long run!
I'm not sure if it's because I'm getting older, but I find myself reflecting more on where I've been and thinking about where I want to go. Sometimes, when things are coming at me too fast or life gets too hectic or confusing, I take a little walk around my block for some perspective. When you stop to look around your surroundings without judging them, you can't help but notice all the beauty that surrounds us everywhere- something that's often hard to see when we're in the middle of it all! So it just begs the question: If appreciation helps me appreciate these small moments in life right now, why wouldn’t I just make small shifts to what is going well?