How was this year for you? Have you achieved everything you had planned? Did it all go well or did you experience set-backs?
This article will help you to look back at the year you had. When you take some time to evaluate your year before jumping into the next one. Take time to recall your turning points (if any), your successes but also your road blocks.
1. Evaluate the areas of your life
If you have come to a turning point this year, you are given the chance to evaluate your current life situation so that you can start making changes for the better. A turning point is considered a sign that life is moving into a positive direction. It is up to you to decide whether you want to go the extra mile and leave behind what is not working anymore. I suggest that you look at the areas in your life, such as relationships/friendships, work environment, finances and work/life balance. If you are really serious about changing your life also determine how your social life is going. Are you growing as a person by attending personal-, and spiritual development courses?
Answer those questions for yourself: On a scale from 1-10, how are my finances?
On a scale from 1-10, how happy am I in my current job?
On a scale from 1-10, how balanced is my work and life?
On a scale from 1-10, how happy am I with the area I live in?
If you answer one or two questions with 5 or less, you need to find out how you can improve the score. What do I need to do to improve my finances, my career or my relationship?
2. Your successes in 2021
When you have worked out your turning point add your successes. What did you succeed in this year? Even if you think that your mini success is insignificant, it is not like that at all. It is a success to have passed your driving test, any type of exams or assessment. Even if you have enrolled into a new course to improve your current career situation... this is also a success. You have made a decision to advance your career and have taken the necessary steps to succeed.
Answer those questions for yourself: What are your biggest achievements this year?
What are your proudest moments?
What does success look and feel like? Please be specific.
How do you know that you have succeeded in a project or area of life?
If you were to create an action plan for 2022, what three actions do you need to do differently on a daily basis?
3. Let go of... to increase your energy
Your energy leves do not only drop when you are overworked. Your energy levels are affected when you do too many favours for people who ask you to help them. When you need them, they are nowhere to be seen or may tell you that they are extremely busy!
At the end of the year it is advisable to make a list of everyone and everything that lowers your energy and keeps you awake at night. The people in your life who 'use' you, the stressful situations and negative thoughts can weaken your aura (the outer layer of your physical body), and that allows negative energy to filter through and enter your body. The result is that your are low in energy and feel exhausted more often.
Answer yourself the following questions: What have I tolerated this year too much and too often? How can I make changes in 2022 to not tolerate everything I am asked to do?
What have you let go of in 2020 and how that improved your life?
What are your energy zappers and what can you do to eliminate them?
What is the pay-off for letting go of what no longer serves you?
The biggest a-ha moments occur when you areexperiencing challenges in your life. Life is asking you to recognize thesechallenges and find solutions to move forward in the best possible way. These tricky and often frustrating moments help you to find out who you are. You discover traits inside you you have never thought you had.
When you have a challenge at hand, such asredundancy or a relationship break up your ‘real you’ appears. You are eitherthe fighter who has the courage to find the best possible outcome for yourself. You come up with a plan and execute it. Or you are the person who play safe and takes on any job so that you simply earn the money to have ‘a’ job.
You can accept the challenge as a life lesson andtake the bull by its horns or give in and give up on life. The choice is yours.
Answer yourself the following questions: What wasthe most painful moment in 2021? What did you learn from it?
What would you do differently next time you experiencea challenge?
5. Your happy moments
Among all the negative coverage about covid-19 and other negative world news, you may have had some happy moments. You may have been able to move into a new home. You may have had good news about a university placement or a new job. Maybe you simply feel safe in your family and friends bubble, had safe gatherings or enjoyed time alone.
Whatever made you happy and brought you joy cannot be forgotten. Counting our happy moments is vital to continously happy and content in the new year.
Answer yourself these questions: What are your happiest moments this year?
How many happy moments can you count? Write them down or create a vision board so that you can look back at those moments in the next year. This will get your happy hormones going.
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