Right now, most of us are rushing around trying to obtain those all important last minute Christmas presents, running out of wrapping paper and realising that we have forgotten to write a card to that particular person, who we really should have made an effort with. Or is that just me? Either way, even those organised folk, who have written all their cards, have wrapped all their presents and are sitting by the Christmas tree feeling self congratulatory, with a glass of mulled wine…even those organised folk, don’t really take the time out to look back at the year they have had. So here is a challenge to one and all. When Christmas is finished, the left-overs have been nicely stored in tupperware, a place has been found for all the presents and the wrapping paper has been recycled, let’s take the time to look back over the year we have had, and let’s make the effort to do it in a positive way!
The word we might use for this process is “acknowledgement”, and it can be a fantastic way of building confidence, self belief and refocusing on the positive. The challenge is this – write down 10 things which you would like to acknowledge yourself for this year. You might like to think about
- Strengths displayed
- Values lived up to
- Limitations overcome
- Habits improved
- Aspirations defined
You will find that the first few acknowledgements come easily – For example: I did the moon walk this summer – but then it gets more difficult. It is then that you need to really think about the kind of person you have tried to be and succeeded in being. Have you remained positive in the face of adversity, have you maintained your integrity and dignity when attacked, have you lived your values? You will find that while it is easy to focus on the things that we struggle with every day, like shouting at our children, or not giving enough time to our work colleagues, in that process of struggling, we are actually striving to be better people and a lot of the time we do succeed. It is just important to remember that – at least once a year!!
So, when the Christmas rush is over, take the Acknowledgement challenge, and when the New Year comes, you will be ready to look forwards to an inspirational year ahead……look out for next week’s blog for help on how to do that.