Looking Back and Looking Forward
December is always a time of high intensity. There is much rushing around, getting things done, preparing, tying up loose ends and getting ready for the festivities of Christmas and, in a country like Australia, the subsequent summer holidays.
But it is also a time of completion. With the past year almost finished and the new one about to begin, it is a good opportunity to do a life audit. Instead of being carried along by life’s currents, taking stock allows you to make deliberate choices about how you will conduct yourself and your life. It helps you re-focus goals, adjust or make new plans, shift your emphasis, correct your course if needed and direct your attention accordingly.
In your life audit, assess what is working in your life and what is not, what you do not want anymore and what it is you want. Ask yourself:
- How has the past year been for me?
- What do I want – or need – to take into the next?
- What is better left behind?
- What changes can I make?
- What can I introduce into my life that will give me fulfilment, joy and a sense of direction?
Consider your relationships, your work situation, your quality of life, finances and whatever else is of importance in your life. Then set your intentions for the new year and reflect on ways you could make them a reality. Put your thoughts in writing and refer to it from time to time to stay on track.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and wonderful new beginnings in the New Year!