The Importance of Reflecting on the Year That Was
Earlier this week I took the opportunity to reflect on my 2017.
I wanted to share this with you as I think it’s a really important thing to do – and it’s going to set me up for a great start to 2018.
We all acknowledge how quickly the year passes us by, but do we stop and think about what has really been going on? And if we do, we often think about the things we didn’t achieve or what didn’t go to plan, and very little time acknowledging what we did accomplish and celebrating these achievements.
2017 was a huge year for me both personally and professionally; it was filled with lots of positive changes that were aligned with my life goals. Some of my proudest achievements include exploring some amazing parts of the world I had never been to before, actively practicing self care to make me the healthiest and most present I can be, and of course launching OLR Coaching whereby I have the opportunity to do work that I really love. There have been some other smaller achievements along the way too.
I believe I achieved all I did because I was very clear on what I wanted, I was very focused on what I wanted (what you focus on is what you get is one of my mantras!), and I continually pushed myself outside of my comfort zone (which is where true change occurs).
I’ll be honest though – I didn’t achieve quite everything I wanted to – and sure enough upon reflection about what I didn’t achieve it was because I wasn’t clear enough, nor focused enough, nor willing to push myself enough in these particular areas of my life. We also sometimes overcommit ourselves and try to do too much which results in it just not being possible to achieve everything we set out to (which I know I was definitely guilty of on several occasions during this year). So considering all this I shouldn’t really be surprised with the outcome then should I!
I am not going to dwell on and give myself a hard time about what I didn’t achieve; instead I have made a decision about whether the unachieved is still really that important to me – for those that aren’t important I acknowledge it and I move on. For those areas of my life that I still want to make some changes to, I am setting new goals for these for 2018 – but goals which are more focused and detailed with action plans; including some mini-goals and milestones along the way to keep me on track. I am also much more aware of what could potentially derail me from achieving these goals so I can be prepared for when potential derailers arise, and when they do I’ll be ready with a plan to ward them off!
Reflecting on my year has been a really valuable exercise and I know it has helped me get ready to start my 2018 with purpose and positive energy. My 2018 goals are not only new exciting plans I have, but are also things I still really want to tackle and I’ll now take them out from the background and put them into the spotlight so I can truly focus on them.
I hope you also take the time to reflect on the year that was – ensure you recognise and celebrate your achievements no matter how big or small they are; and don’t give yourself a hard time about what you didn’t achieve or what didn’t go to plan – just acknowledge it for what it is and move forward.
I hope you are starting to set some really powerful goals for your 2018 that are aligned with your life vision and values.
I’m ready for 2018 and I hope you are too!