How’s your week going?
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas over here with the holidays just around the corner.
Last week I spoke on a group panel hosted by The New Savvy to talk about how to be financially savvy this holiday period, how to create goals you’ll stick to and how to make 2019 your best year yet.
Side note: If you haven’t heard of The New Savvy, check them out to learn more about how to manage your finances and make smart choices with your money.
During the panel I was asked….
What habits do you have for reflecting on your own life, both personally and professionally?
I shared the 3 questions that I like to ask myself….
They’re quick, they’re easy don’t take a lot of time, but pack a lot of punch.
So here they are:
- What am I proud of?
- What’s the lesson I’ve learned this year?
- What am I bringing into the new year?
Forget those resolutions and do this instead!
Now it’s your turn…
I invite you to take a few minutes to reflect on those questions now OR find 10 minutes in your diary to spend some time on them #noexcuses 🙂
You don’t have to have achieved anything MAJOR to be proud…they can be the smallest things.
For example, here are mine:
1. What am I proud of?
Too often we focus on trying to fix and improve ourselves. When the truth is, you’ve most likely made MASSIVE progress already. Taking a moment out to celebrate and give yourself a pat on the back is HUGELY important.
Personally: I’m proud of completing my feminine embodiment coaching certification program. I’m proud that I gave it my all. I was vulnerable. I showed up as all of me (warts and all) and as a result feel more comfortable in my own skin than ever before. Watch this space for more announcements on this next year by the way!
I’m also super proud of my kids for the big transitions they’ve gone through (my son is giving it his all at school, my daughter has settled into primary school and my youngest into pre-nursery). They’ve done amazingly well! Plus I’m proud of my hubby, always.
2. What lesson have I learned this year?
I believe that in life there are no “mistakes.”
I believe that we are here to experience a whole range of situations, challenges and people…..
Some are going to be pleasure-filled joyous experiences, others are going to be gut-wrenching, heart-breaking and hard.
If we can lean into the fact that life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies and cultivate a different outlook on things, it’s easier to roll with the punches.
Which is why this question is important. My guess is that we’ve all made some things this year that we regretted or wished we didn’t do….so rather than beat yourself up, simply learn the lesson and move on!
Personally: I’ve learned that it’s time to stay in my own lane. To focus on the projects near and dear to my heart and not get distracted by other projects, that aren’t 100% aligned to my path. This year I got distracted by a few things…..inherently I still feel validated when I get approached to work on projects by people who are “further along” than me and I’ve learned that who I am and what I do is enough to facilitate transformation.
3. What am I bringing into the New Year?
After celebrating (question #1) and reflecting (question #2), it’s time to heed your own advice and be your own best mentor with what you want to bring with you into the New Year (or equally leave behind!)
This is how you ensure that you don’t make the same mistake again.
Personally: I’m bringing more simplicity with me into the New Year. I plan to do that by keeping focused on doing a few things well, rather than trying to be everywhere and spreading myself too thin. This is going to apply to my work, health, family life, personal life and beyond. This means leaving behind, Bright Shiny Object Syndrome, saying yes when I mean “no” and trying to do too much. Mmm I feel lighter just writing that 🙂
That’s a wrap!
The beauty of asking yourself these 3 questions instead of compiling a massive New Year’s resolution list is that you’re going to learn the lesson you need to learn and apply it to ALL areas of your life.
The truth is: how you do one thing is how you do everything.
So think if these 3 question as the linchpin to creating goals in 2019 that truly matter.
Now it’s your turn….
- What are you proud of in 2018?
- What lesson have you learned this year?
- What are you bringing into the New Year?
Leave a comment for me below.
I’d love to hear your answers and get inspired by YOU.