Uncover your dreams and aspirations
December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that is passing. This can bring about a sense of gratitude and help us to pinpoint what we would like from the shiny new year ahead. When we silence the noise and distraction and let our minds wander, we can begin to uncover the things that are calling us.
Personal reflection doesn’t need to look like sitting down and journaling, it could be something you consider as you go about your daily life. Often when we ask ourselves questions, our mind can offer answers when we least expect them, for example, while we’re out walking, taking a shower or even the moment we wake up. I find it a fascinating process and at this time of year, I put my logical mind to one side, and I welcome a playful curiosity.
Last week I met with my coach to review my coaching practice, reflect on 2018 and share my ideas for 2019. As always, the session was extremely insightful, and it uncovered things I hadn’t even considered. Following the meeting, I pondered over the questions he asked me and the new ideas that had emerged as a result. I didn’t write anything down, I simply explored the questions when I felt drawn to them. I also looked for clues – how I felt when I considered the different options and what I felt I was being pulled towards. I tried not to overthink or force any answers but openly observe what was bubbling up.
If you’d like to reflect and explore what’s calling you in the coming year, I’ve shared a few questions you could consider. There’s no right way to approach this, you could journal, create a mind map or vision board, draw, doodle or playfully ponder. The goal is to simply quieten the noise and distraction, so you’re better able to feel where your heart and intuition are guiding you. Try to be open to possibilities because you may find pointers and clues in your everyday life. I hope you enjoy the process!
What felt good during 2018? What were you grateful for? What brought you happiness, contentment and joy?
What did you learn during 2018? Is there anything you discovered about yourself? Has anything surprised you?
What did you accomplish during 2018? What are you most proud of? Did you celebrate your achievements? If you didn’t, there’s still time!
What wasn’t working or feeling good during 2018? Was there something missing? Was anything draining you of your energy, motivation and time?
Dream, create and grow..
While reflecting on the four areas above, you will hopefully start to uncover what you’d like more or less of in the coming year. When you consider the following questions, try to think of the new year as a blank canvas or a new page, free of boundaries or restrictions. By creating space and observing your thoughts as they arise, you should start to get an idea of what you want from the year ahead.
What would you like the new year to look and feel like? How do you want to be spending your months, weeks and days? What do you want more of? And what do you want less of? What are you being drawn to? Do you have an overarching ambition, vision or goal for the year?
And finally, as we approach the end of the year, I’d like to say a big heartfelt thank you for your support during 2018. There are so many inspiring things being shared online and I’m grateful that you choose to spend a few moments with me. I hope you have a magical and restful few weeks and I look forward to seeing you – and possibly working with you – in 2019!