You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
– Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
As another year comes to a close, many of us look forward and set New Years Resolutions. Before you do, may I suggest that you begin by taking a look back?
Look back upon the last year, and ask yourself some questions. What went well last year? What did you do that you enjoyed, that you found yourself looking forward to? And what did you put up with? What did you dread?
What do you want to have more of in your life, and what do you want to have less of?
The beauty of this time of year is that we get to decide, we can be deliberate about what we want to create as we set out on the New Year. We can decide what to keep and what to let go of.
And we can decide how we want to go about it. We can be meek, or we can be bold. We can be brazen, even.
We can focus on what we want to do less of, but we can also put our attention towards what we want more of.
So, before you compile your list of New Years Resolutions, take a few minutes to look back, assess, and ask two simple questions: What do I want less of? And, What do I want more of? And take it from there.
1) Write a letter to yourself, dated today, that summarizes how last year went for you. Think of it as your personal Christmas letter, only it’s from you to you. Report to yourself what happened, your accomplishments and your challenges.
2) Write a second letter to yourself, dated December 31 of this year, that summarizes how the year went for you. Think of yourself one year from today, looking back on the upcoming year. What will you have to say about this year? What will your accomplishments be? Your challenges? How did you create the year of your desires, how did you triumph despite adversity? What are you most proud of?
After you’ve finished these letters, put them aside and take them out periodically during the year.
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Look for tomorrow’s post on creating your Personal Wellness Vision – a strategic plan, if you will, for deciding what your optimal wellness looks like and how to create it.