Starting a new year means letting this one go; the murmurs in the corridors and lifts at are all the same, shoulders hunched, faces looking dazed and confused, little energy and if there is it’s normally the wired, negative, stressed type spelling “too much, not enough time” the typical end of year finale before the curtain falls.
The general feeling for most people is, “I just want this year to end already” or “I can’t wait until next year”. This is something I also feel, however, the stark realization I have had this week is; wishing the year away makes it slow down….com…p..l…e…..t……e…….l………..y
So, what to do with our lack of mental energy until the year does end? Are we really ready for it to end or do we just need the holiday? Being ready for the year to end means knowing where the new year will bring peace, change and something new for us. Reflecting on the year that’s gone by is an important activity both on a personal and professional level.
Reflect upon what you did, how you felt, what you liked, what you didn’t and what you learned. Try to look at yourself and your experience with as much objectivity as you can—much like a biographer would.
Here are some suggestions to get you started in mulling over the past year—perhaps the last decade. Feel free to add your own.
What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, awareness, etc.)
What did I accomplish? A list of my wins and achievements.
What would I have done differently? Why?
What did I complete or release? What still feels incomplete to me?
What were the most significant events of the year past? List the top three, or however many you choose to…positive or negative.
What did I do right? What do I feel especially good about? What was my greatest contribution?
What were the fun things I did? What were the not-so-fun?
What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?
How am I different this year than last?
For what am I particularly grateful?
Without letting go on the year that’s gone, we are unable to fully grasp the new year ah end of us. Take the time to work through 2013 and what it’s given you in your life. They say a cup cannot be filled until its empty, so empty out all attachment for 2013, and be ready for a new fulfilling year in 2014