The festivities of Christmas and New Year seem a long time ago now, don’t they? We’ve been well and truly launched into 2012 and plunged back into everyday life with all its ups and downs as well as its joys and blessings.
But we haven’t finished with January yet and this month is a great time for looking back and looking forward. We’re still in the winter cycle (even though the weather has been somewhat spring-like of late!), so the time for reflection is not yet passed.
It’s really important to take the time to reflect before undertaking those new projects, endeavours and resolutions which are the traditional activities for this time of year. Before you do that, look back over the last twelve months and see what you’ve learnt, what you achieved, (i.e. what you began and finished, or what you began which is work in progress). Make a note of these things so you can guage how life has unfolded for you since this time last year. Be open-minded as you do this. Be honest. But above all, don’t beat yourself up for not having made any mind-boggling changes in the last 12 months. Life is an organic process. It takes TIME for things to grow!!!
Remember, the human being is a living, vibrating energy mass and as such, the nature of who and what we are is to MOVE, and FLOW. Even if it feels as though not a lot has happened to you since January 2011, there will have been changes. Look to see what they are. What new thoughts and ideas have dawned, what new understandings about yourself and the world around you have formed? It might simply be a case of a habit changing, a new interest, a different approach to an issue. Or it might be on a larger scale : i.e. you broke through a limiting belief that was holding you back, gained a clearer insight into your potential, made a decision that literally started changing your life. Or any of the shades of grey inbetween!
As we reflect on the past, so we can begin to envision the future with greater clarity. And once the reflection has been completed, then we’re in the right space to commence forming plans for the future.
“That first peak is the best place to pause and look back, to see if you took the easiest route, to learn the lessons of the first climb. And it’s the best place to examine the terrain ahead, to change your plans and goals, to take a big breath and begin climbing again.” Michael Johnson – 4-times Olympic gold medallist and motivational speaker
“Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort, even the difficult may become easy”. Bill Blackman, Founder and President of Hearts & Minds