Happy New Year!
I hope 2022 is off to a fantastic start. 2020 and 2021 were in a large part about navigating the unknown and adjusting to change – and if there was ever a year for fresh starts and finally reaching your goals and dreams, it’s this one!
Hopefully, at least some of the weight from 2020 and 2021 has been lifted off your shoulders, so you’re able to go after what you truly want in life over the next 12 months.
As you get excited for 2022, we want to remind you of the importance of taking inventory of the year you’re saying goodbye to (or perhaps, enthusiastically saying goodbye to!).
What’s taking inventory, you may be wondering? Taking inventory is a simple exercise and the best way we know to set the stage for a fantastic new year. And all it takes is a pen, paper, and 15 minutes of uninterrupted time.
We have a hunch 2021 wasn’t exactly what you had planned.
Sure, it wasn’t 2020 (anything beats 2020!), but there’s a good chance you faced more challenges, curveballs, and stress than you imagined when you were coming up with New Year’s goals last December.
As 2021 winds down, and you’re brainstorming plans and wishes for the New Year, we encourage you to come up with goals and dreams that really excite you, and push you to live the purposeful life you’ve always wanted. Because if not now … then when?
How are you feeling right now? Before you say, “fine” or even “good,” we want to tell you, it’s OK if you’re not.
It’s a weird time, and we’ve all been through a lot the past couple of years – and now with the holidays, it’s not always easy to “turn on” the merriment and cheer.
While it’s important to do what you can to stay positive by practicing gratitude and looking on the bright side, it’s also important to allow yourself to feel all you’re feeling — instead of ignoring or shoving your emotions aside.
When you were a kid, the holidays meant non-stop fun. There were cookies to eat, carols to sing, gifts to unwrap, and family and friends galore. But as adults, the season is often associated with one word … craziness.
Don’t get us wrong, we love the seasonal stuff (and would never turn down a good peppermint mocha!), but as adults, we often get so swept up in all the holiday to-dos that we leave little time for ourselves.
And where’s the holiday magic in that?
Raise your hand if this year was one of your hardest.
Our hands are up, too.
Whether it was the extra stress about work, childcare, staying well, or … you name it, we’ve all had to carry a big load on our shoulders this year.
And when life gets overwhelming, it’s hard to find things to feel grateful about. You might be too exhausted to even think about gratitude.
How many times do you catch yourself saying, or thinking, “I can’t do X, Y or Z?”
“I can’t write that proposal.”
“I can’t run a marathon.”
The list of can’ts goes on and on making it easy to forget that we actually can do things. We can do hard things even, and do them well.
“Whether you think you can, or you can’t, either way you’re right.” Henry Ford famously said.
Let that sink in.
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” — Mahatma Gandhi
On a scale of 1 to 10, how relaxed are you? Chances are, you’re coming in at a solid 3 (as in, unfortunately not very relaxed at all).
Most of us really like to relax, but life often gets in the way. Every time we intend to wind down, something else pops up … one last message to send or project to do.
Do you ever look back on your past and think, if only I would have done this one thing differently, life would be so much better right now …
Us too. We’ve all wished we could press rewind, but unfortunately, that button doesn’t exist in reality. We can only start making changes to our life right this very moment.
As the famous Chinese Proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”