As we turn the page on 2013 and move into 2014, it is important to take time to celebrate the year that has gone by and all we’ve experienced. We can do this by taking stock of the successes and the challenges that we’ve lived in 2013.
One way I like to look back on the previous year is to ask myself the following questions:
- What goals did I accomplish this year?
- What were some of the most rewarding aspects of 2013?
- What challenges did I face? How did I overcome them?
- What is the most helpful lesson I learned?
Once we’ve given time to our experiences in 2013, we can move forward into the new year in a positive way. When I look forward to 2014 and envision my best year yet, I like to think about the following questions:
- What 3 goals do I want to accomplish this year? (If you’re ambitious, you can start to outline an action plan for each goal – keeping the steps specific, measurable, and attainable!)
- What challenges do I think I might face in 2014? What are some positive ways I might be able to overcome them?
- What enjoyable things or activities can I do more of this year?
- What kind of environment, experiences, and people do I want to surround myself with this coming year?
These are just a few of the types of questions you can ask and answer for yourself when you are celebrating your own journey in 2013 and planning your way forward in 2014.
It’s important to practice “praxis”: the process of action and reflection. We can’t move to a better future without examining our past actions and patterns and changing our actions and patterns for the future. As we engage in this process we should remember that, while we can plan our ideal future, we should be flexible in our planning and allow for our future to unfold in beautifully unexpected ways.
2013 has been by turns, challenging and rewarding, and I am looking forward to all that 2014 has to offer! What are you celebrating from 2013 and planning for 2014?