Updated: Aug 18, 2019
The back to school feeling is in the air and this can be a great time to reflect back on events, situations and challenges of the past year while anticipating what possibilities could be ahead. This helps bring clarity on anything we may want to tweak or where we may want to make a big change. We may find ourselves thinking, “If only” or “I wish I would have made a different decision.”
On the other hand, perhaps we are content with all of the choices we've made and goals achieved in the previous year. If so, great! Hopefully, all of us made time to acknowledge and celebrate our accomplishments.
When reviewing the previous year and planning for the remainder, look at the direction your life is taking. How are you doing? Where are you at in life?
Reviewing and reflecting on how we are currently making our choices in life can often influence what goals we are setting for ourselves. When we know our values and beliefs and commit to those, we will find the choices we make are less of a struggle. We will enjoy living a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
You can feel more prepared by making either some small tweaks or more major shifts with your decision approaches and goal setting.
So, grab your journal or laptop and let’s begin to plan. Be sure to allow yourself a time when you won’t be disturbed. I find it can be helpful to get out in nature. Try heading to a local outdoor spot such as a park or the beach that can help provide a peaceful surrounding. Here are a few effective tips to get you started:
Reflect over the areas of your life you are happy with. What events, situations or people led you in this direction? Become aware of when you tend to allow your logical mind to guide you in your choices or when you are more inspired by your authentic interests or intuition. While our logical mind certainly helps in choosing right from wrong, using our unique talents and skills allow us to be most successful and happy in life. What supports, encourages and motivates you to stay on your current path? Is it trust, faith and belief in yourself, or is it persistence and patience? Imagine bringing these qualities to all the areas of your life and all the decisions you make. Would your direction change? Take time to celebrate your achievements from this past year.
Reflect over the areas of your life you are not content with. What events, situations or people led you in this direction? Become aware of how negative self-chatter or limiting beliefs may have played a role. Perhaps you allowed other people’s opinions and beliefs to overshadow your own true values. Choose to learn from these situations and gently remind yourself that they are now in the past. You can move forward by focusing on new actions to take. Write down where you want to go. Choose new actions you would like to see yourself develop. What type of actions would allow you to feel self-empowerment and have more confidence and courage?
Reflect on your commitment to your path. You should stick to it—no matter what. How will you overcome obstacles? What self-care actions can you commit to when a crises arises or a challenging situation? What options do you have when someone challenges your beliefs or values? How can you commit to your personal values in all areas of your life—work and personal?
Honoring our values allows us to create goals that are meaningful and to live a fulfilling life, with an array of possibilities!
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