An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2014 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self improvement!
Isn’t it funny how we wait until New Year to make resolutions, promising ourselves that we will live a more productive, rewarding, self less life. I guess it is the same as when you want to stop smoking, you are advised to set a date in the future that you can prepare for, and count down to.
How many times has this approach been taken, and how successful has it been? Setting a future date may help, but when you decide to do something with conviction, you don’t need to wait until a more suitable time. The most suitable time is NOW. In three months time you will wish you had started (whatever it is you wanted to start) – now, as you’ll be three months into it and closer to achieving your goal.
Still, I like to muse over the New Year and take some time to reflect on what I have achieved (or not) over the past year. A year seems as good a period as any to review.
2013 has been a good year for me. I felt as though my working life was a bit stagnant for a while, and I spent a lot of time moping about it. (I start my new job on Monday, yay!) Despite this feeling of searching for something else, a lot of positive things have happened, for which I am thankful.
I’m going to take a minute to count my blessings and the happy things of 2013.
- I have finally started exercising regularly
- I moved house recently with my beau, and still love it
- I’ve had the means to practice my hobbies, like crocheting
- I’m healthy, as are my friends
- I’ve spent a lot of quality time with my family
- I’ve socialised regularly, and also spent more time with people I don’t see that often
- I have had get togethers that include a wider group of friends and made new one (always good!)
- I enjoyed a holiday with my extended family in Sardinia
- My friends graduated and my brother started up his own business
Next year I hope I can continue to grow as a person.
I want to be mindful of who I am, spending more time doing things that are good for my soul, and my body. I want to make time to catch up with the people that I care about, as sometimes this year I have felt ‘too busy’ (other times I’ve just been lazy), but every time I have caught up with people outside of my immediate circle I leave with a massive smile in my heart, and a deep rooted feeling of how big an impact that small action has on our lives – mine and theirs.
I want to keep on keeping on, striving for a better life while enjoying the one I have.
Does that make sense!?