As we welcome the New Year, I find myself reflecting on all the challenges and joys I experienced in the past year. Both are equally important because we learn and grow from all of them.
Consider creating a list of the challenges you have faced as well as what positive things you have learned about yourself because of these experiences. It’s powerful to realize that although the challenges may have been difficult, overwhelming and even painful, our strengths helped us get through it. What are your personal qualities and strengths that have helped you? For me it has been determination and learning than I am stronger than I think.
Now create a list of at least 3-5 (the more the better) things you are grateful for. They don’t have to be huge, earth shattering events like winning millions in the lottery. Take time to recognize the ordinary miracles that often go unnoticed, like watching a sunset, time with family or friends, having money to buy gas. Gratitude is a powerful way to cultivate happiness in our lives.
We often have hopes and dreams about what we would like our next year to be like. Dreams are important but without being followed by a specific goal and plan, it is unlikely that we will ever achieve it. It’s like running into an old friend and saying, “we should get together sometime”. Then a year later when we see that person again we realize it never happened. If I really want to get together, I have learned to get my calendar out, on the spot and schedule, even if it’s months out.
Break down your goals into small measurable steps. If you want to eat healthier in 2019, then consider starting with adding one serving of fruit or vegetables to your day. Make sure it is easy to do so you succeed and remember you don’t have to do it perfectly. I find writing goals and plans down help me commit to make my dreams come true.
May you THRIVE in 2019!