As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of another, it's important to complete a few minor things to prepare for a fulfilling and successful year.
First, you should reflect on 2017.Taking time for reflection is key to self-improvement and clarity. Find a quiet place, and simply think about the year. You can ask yourself questions such as:
- What went well?
- What didn't?
- What did I learn?
- What did I change?
- What was lost?
- What was gained?
- Did I accomplish any goals?
Writing down your answers to some of these questions can be even more powerful and allow you to put things into perspective.
After reflecting, you can come up with a plan for the next year ahead. Before tackling new goals, it's important to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. When a smartphone or computer runs too many programs for too long, they become overworked and slow down. It's then time for a reboot. Humans are the same way! When we are burned out, stressed, and overworked we don't work as efficiently. This can lead to forgetfulness, anger, feelings of being overwhelmed, unhealthy eating , and eventually becoming sick. The end of a year is the perfect time to slow down and focus on revitalization from the inside out. This can help creativity and ambition blossom. It can also work wonders for your personal life and relationships. Take time to take care of you, slow down, and refresh your soul.
Don't we all wish we could press a magical "redo" button? Well, as each New Year begins, that is your "start over" button. It's a time to do things differently, change your focus, and tackle new goals. After reflecting on the past year and refreshing your spirit, it is now much easier to plan for the upcoming year. Be sure you write things down so you can hold yourself accountable. You are much more likely to reach a goal, if it is written down and worded in a precise and measurable way. Every New Year is a fresh beginning, so value and use it to your advantage.
2018 is quickly approaching. Focusing on the three R's above will help you prepare for a prosperous, joyful, and fabulous New Year. After all, you've earned it.
What preparations do you take for a New Year? Share them with us!
Wendi has been an Army spouse for two years. She is an avid writer and has over nine years of experience in Adult Education. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's Degree in Instructional Technology. She is extremely passionate about helping military spouses transition and acclimate to this lifestyle by sharing experiences, insight, and resources on her blog Strength4Spouses.