WHAT A YEAR IT’S BEEN!
Regardless of where you are in the world, your life, like everyone else’s, has been affected greatly by COVID-19. So much of what was once considered normal has changed, and we have all had to adapt to that change in one way or another.
If I were to ask you to describe 2020 in one word, I’m sure you would say anything from GRATEFUL to OMG (which is actually 3 words) or maybe even SAD/DONE/BYE. Whichever way 2020 has impacted you, I find it extremely important to reflect on that impact and ask yourself what you are going to do differently in 2021.
Every year around this time, I like to sit back and plan out the year ahead. I write out my yearly goals and then break them into smaller monthly goals so they don’t seem impossible. One great lesson from 2020 has been that in addition to planning out my goals, I learned how to reflect on all that has happened as well. By reflecting on everything, I give myself the opportunity to grow from my fallbacks while also celebrating my successes. This is a formula for real growth!
I want to not only do this yearly but also make it into a monthly habit, and the best way to ensure that happens is to have clear questions in mind. Questions I can ask myself at the end of every month that will leave me thinking hard about the season of life I am in and also help me grow. I want to share those questions with you today so that you too can start 2021 with full awareness of what it is you want for yourself.
How does one review and reflect on their life?
Well, for starters, you have to be extremely honest with yourself – flaws and all! Be ready to dig deep into the previous week/month/year and see what really worked for you, what served you best, what made you happy, what fulfilled you and what didn’t work, what made you upset, what didn’t feel right!
- Have I served myself and others in a way that fulfills me? If yes, when and what was I doing? If no, why not?
*Side note: I ask myself the question about serving others because it is only when you are contributing to others that you will feel fulfilled. Contribution can be anything from helping a friend to servicing people through your work.
- When did I feel most satisfied and when did I feel heavy/stress/overwhelmed? What was happening during those moments?
- What did I learn this week/month/year about myself? How can I grow with this knowledge?
- What can I learn from my heavy days? Can I drop what makes me feel heavy?
- When was I free to create without worry? Why was I free during that particular time?
Remember, in order to get the best results, you have to answer each question honestly. This will help you plan out the week/month/year ahead, because you will know exactly what works for you and what doesn’t. The beauty of answering each question again and again is that with each day that passes, you are a different person. You are always growing, learning, evolving and therefore you cannot be the same person you were last year, last month, or even last week!
I hope this blog helps you or someone you know. I hope you seek the best for yourself in 2021 and always remember that I am here to help guide you along this journey.