Well, 2016 is quickly wrapping up. If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year you like to take some time to reflect on 2016 in preparation for 2017. And if you’re really like me, you find it much easier to focus on what went wrong what you could have improved upon this year.
You may have even seen this quote floating around the internet…
2016 – No One’s Year?
Me on December 31st, 2015: Man, 2016 is SO gonna be my year!
Narrator: 2016 would not, in fact, be anyone’s year.
I’m not sure where this originated, but I first saw this on The Fitnessista’s Instagram feed. I made a new image with a different font to share with you guys.
At first, I thought…wow, this quote is so right. But, the more I thought about it, I realized this would only be true if I put my attention in the wrong place. If I instead focused on being grateful, I would see how wonderful 2016 has been. It’s a matter of choosing your focus.
In the same vein, while it’s very helpful and even necessary to put some thought into areas for improvement for the upcoming year, I’d like to encourage you to also celebrate your wins.
Celebrate Your Wins
While I’m very good at figuring out what I did poorly, I’m not so great at thinking about my wins. Sound familiar? If so, here are some questions to help get you thinking about your wins.
Ask yourself any (or all) of these questions:
What is something from 2016 I’m proud of?
What’s a goal I achieved in 2016?
What’s something I was scared to do but did anyways in 2016?
What did I do in 2016 that made me feel successful?
Do whatever it takes to get yourself into an empowered headspace to focus on these questions – play your favorite uplifting music, light some candles, put on some fuzzy socks, or anything else that makes you happy. Brainstorm. Jot down some notes. Think positive, focus on the good, and give yourself a pat on the back. It’s been a long year, but you’ve done some great things. Be sure to acknowledge and appreciate yourself for them!
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PS Sorry this wasn’t posted on Monday. I’ve been sick during the holidays and am finally on the mend. Yay!