Blink and you’ll miss, another year gone by; there’s less than 2 weeks left of 2018 and I am sure I’m not alone in wondering where did it go? What did I do? What were my accomplishments? In fact, the end of the year is always a time for variations of quiet reflection upon all our accomplishments, or frenzied screaming into the void about all we were unable to achieve, every goal left unticked on that intangible “to-do list” of life.
This year has been a year where I was unable to tick off even one item on my to-do list, due to stress, a constant barrage of health concerns, and financial setbacks. And although for many of us that may cause some concern, for me I intend instead to focus on everything else that came about throughout the year.
Just because I didn’t complete or accomplish the goals I set out, doesn’t mean I accomplished nothing.
This year I accepted a new job, got engaged, and visited NYC. I met new people and made new friends. I took control of my life and my health.
None of the above was on my list of goals for the year, but to focus on what I didn’t succeed at, rather than focusing on the positive, will only diminish those positives, their worth and their value.
Essentially, most of us are designed to beat ourselves up if we leave things undone, unsaid, unfinished. However, whilst we’re beating ourselves up we lose focus of all the other things that we did do, did say, and did finish.
As the year draws to a close, I think we should all take the time to recognise and reward ourselves for every positive outcome this year has given us – planned, unplanned, trivial or considerable.
Rather than beating ourselves up, let’s start celebrating ourselves.
No matter what type of year you had – celebrate every joyful moment, and use that same energy to bring that happiness and emotional prosperity into the new year.
As this is my last post for the year, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a fabulous festive season – A blessed Yule, a merry Christmas, and a positive New Year.
And don’t forget to let me know in the comments your proudest moments of 2018!