If you read my column last week, you’ll remember that this time of year is one of my favourites, as I use it to really clear the decks and get ready for the ‘new term’.
When you’re young and at school, life is so much less complicated because the year ahead is pretty much planned out for you, you know who your teacher is going to be, where your classroom is, who your friends are. You may not know exactly what you might be studying, but you might have heard on the school grapevine the kinds of things that the year before did. In reality, you don’t really think much about it, you just let it all pan out.
As we grow up, we can fall into the same habit. Have you ever caught yourself saying ‘I don’t know where the last 5 years have gone?’ Or just generally feeling like you haven’t really moved on at all, yet you would really like too, but the months and years go by and nothing really much changes.
This is where this time of year is great to reflect on where you are. You may have a holiday or some time off, all you really need is just a break from your normal routine and it is a great opportunity to reflect over the last year (or longer) and make a commitment to do the things that you want to do over the next year.
Last year my husband and I had a plan for a new venture on holiday, whilst we were away we made notes about how we thought it would look, what our values were and even penned a plan. This year, it is a reality and we have grown a fantastic community and holistic health resource – it’s real www.holistichealthzone.co.uk. We were able to do this because we reflected on where we were and what we really wanted to achieve, we were out of our normal routine so we were able to allow ourselves just to dream and create, we took the view that anything was possible.
But you don’t need to think up a venture, it might be that you want to take up a class, visit friends more, tackle your garden, spend more time with your kids ~ it is whatever you want it to be. The trick is to take yourself out of your normal space and whilst you are there, reflect on where you are, what you have done over the past year or so and think about whether there is something else you might like to do.
When you’ve identified this, write it down and plan how you are going to achieve it, what steps do you need to take and when do you need to take them. Do as much as you can whilst you are in this space to make it happen. This is so important because so often when we are out of our normal routine, we believe that we can do it, but when we get home we talk ourselves out of it. Last year I took a photo of the view of where we were sitting when we were dreaming, and i have it on my laptop, because it reminds me that when I sat there I believed we could do it ~ nothing really changed, only what I was telling myself when I got home. So you may like to do the same or have another type of momento, anything to remind you that you can make things happen.
Then next year, when the summer comes around, you can reflect on where you were the year before and congratulate yourself on your achievements and remember, some of the best ones are the small ones!