Blissful Self Reflection: Taking Another Look
Chances are you recently set new goals with the turn of the year. You might have boldly proclaimed your New Year’s resolution(s) to your social media friends or quietly committed yourself via private journal entry to a new pursuit without telling a soul. Some of you probably just committed to live this year as best you can while working on the same goals and values you are already striving for.
Whatever you decided, it is next to impossible to embark into a new year without thinking about where we want to be and how much we have to do to get there. It is easy to become overwhelmed and even frozen by the distance we have to go. This is often why goals are abandoned altogether after the initial excitement of starting wears off. We start feeling defeated or frustrated that we aren’t where we wanted to be.
We humans are quick to disregard our actual progress. To our own detriment we can glaze over small but glorious victories as we look on for the big scale victories that will prove to us and the world we have finally succeeded.
Let’s try something new this year.
Let’s step inward and take a look at what we really did. Let’s look at how growth really happens and celebrate that!
Have you tried reflecting on the last year of your life and acknowledging your growth or the challenges you’ve overcome? This is not simply an exercise in listing major accomplishments (college degree, marriage, purchase of first house) – though these are all amazing and worth celebrating too! No, this is a list of what you have lived and worked through last year. What you have faced and fought and become a better human as a result. Here’s a few examples:
- Finally started ‘new pursuit’ (whether it was a success or not, list it anyways) . . .
- Began new friendship or relationship with . . .
- Grew as spouse/friend/sibling . . .
- Volunteered my time/friendship/services . . .
- Overcame (or am overcoming) struggle with . . .
- Became a more positive person in spite of . . .
- Practiced gratitude amidst . . .
- Got out of bed every morning even though . . .
- Improved my health by . . .
- Met my goal of . . .
- Made great memories with . . .
- Read new book(s) on . . .
- Made time for . . .
And one of our favorites:
- I Learned . . . .
At least one of these should draw out a response – or more likely multiple responses – that allow you to see that this time last year, you were not the same person you are today. That you lived well and did your best – whether it was your big year, whether it was just plain hard or somewhere in between. And even though you might wish you had a few re-dos, you have made progress. That’s what life really looks like.
You DO have what it takes to keep moving towards your goals in 2014!
We know it can be stressful, and hard. We know it can make you tired and your body and mind may try to fight you every step of the way. When that happens, we’ll be here. Ready to bring you back to a state of peace and harmony. So go out and fight and when you need to recover, come see us at Blissed. But first, grab a pen and congratulate yourself with some healthy self reflecting.
Go find your bliss.
We are all cheering for you.