For some people the end of the year can feel like a total relief while others often feel stressed because they didn’t achieve enough. Whatever your feelings are, let me suggest you stop for a moment and take a deep breath. Just be with yourself and your feelings for a moment, even if it’s uncomfortable.
Whether you are going for the final push or are taking the rest of the year off, notice what you need. It’s ok to turn off the auto pilot. Allow yourself time to slow down and really check in with your physical, emotional and energetic body.
I often find it helpful to set aside some time alone to do a year in review. Gone are the days of going out partying on New Year’s Eve for this girl. You will most likely find me home spending time with my husband, talking about our achievements and moments we are proud of, lessons we learned and setting intentions for the next year. This helps me feel closure of each year as I begin another year long journey with a different mindset, energy level and focus.
If you have a journal this is the perfect time to read through it and remind yourself of your journey this year. If not, you can write things down. If you are like me and are a visual and super organized person you can always make categories, such as personal successes, professional successes, goals not met, vacations or any other events of the past year. This is not meant to make you feel bad about yourself if you did not meet your goals or had a tough year. It is simply an exercise to review the past year.
From here, look at the areas where you excelled and have a dance party. Seriously, take some time to rejoice that your hard work paid off.
Then you can begin to look at the areas where there is room to grow. Again rather than viewing things as a success or a failure, can you shift your mindset and instead look at them as areas for growth and lessons learned? Notice how you feel when you use those words instead.
As you start thinking about setting goals, ask yourself a few questions. Is it a goal you set every year and by February give up on? Get curious about your goals and the why behind them.
Why do you want this goal?
What are you hoping to achieve?
How do you want to feel?
When you can imagine what it would feel like if you do x, y or z it can feel more real. If you want to lose weight and eat healthy, imagine what it might feel like to have more energy to do the things you love rather than thinking about the numbers on the scale. The goal is still the same, but when you focus on the feeling of achieving the goal and not the actual goal it feels less stressful and more attainable.
The other thing to notice is are you just saying I want to do x, y z and hoping this year will be different or do you have an action plan for how you will achieve your goals? Having a goal is great, but if you have no idea how to get there, you may need some assistance.
Consider hiring a coach.
Many of the most successful people in the world have hired one or more coaches. I hired a new coach and am so excited to see what amazing things will unfold in the next six months of our work together.
You know you are meant to do bigger, better things and feel healthier and happier doing so.
You are ready to do whatever it takes to get there.
You are ready for a coach. Don’t let fear of failure, fear of not being ready, fear of not living up to your potential or letting your coach down, get in the way. 2018 is your year to do great things.As you enjoy the last few days of the year, I hope you will find joy in all of your achievements and the lessons learned in 2017.
My heart is filled with gratitude to this community and I want to say a very sincere thank you for being part of this journey with me.
Curious about coaching? Book your call today if you are serious about reaching your goals and are ready to do the work to get there.