Happy New Year! I’m thrilled to be back behind the keyboard visiting with you.
In this first blog of 2015, I’ll be trying something a little different. While I like writing about things philosophical and think they’re an important part of our lives, it’s also critical to be action-oriented.
With that in mind, I’ll be writing one blog per week geared toward being super action-oriented. The action might be simply to think about something specific. Or it could be a small, seemingly insignificant task to complete. Other tasks may take more time and effort, but they will always be worth the reward.
The idea is to make sure you do the action in the week between blogs whenever possible. This gives you a built-in deadline in which to get things done.
Let’s get the nerve to become the people we truly are beneath the fear and trepidation. Let’s stop trying to be what we think other people want us to be. Let’s get a hold of the constant running, running, running, and take a breath to see if what we’re chasing is really worth chasing.
With that in mind, the first action of 2015 is simply to sit for 10 minutes quietly thinking about your 2014.
Part of you may be tempted to blow off this first task or find an excuse not to do it. If the house is too noisy, do it in the car. Do it during your lunch hour at work. Do it before you go to bed one evening this week.
Think about things you were grateful for in the past year. Think about the things you did well, the victories you achieved, whether large or small. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting things done, for stepping up to challenges, for handling adversity well, for being stronger than you thought you could be.
Think about the positive aspects of your families, your friends, and your colleagues. Remember good times you had and things that brought a smile to your face.
Understand that the missteps you may have taken or the things that didn’t go right do not define you as a person. They don’t define your 2015. They can be left behind where and when they took place. And if there are people around you who are trying to remind you of your faults, that’s their business – it has nothing to do with you.
You’re ready to move forward into the new year knowing that there were so many things in 2014 that went well, that happened thanks to you, that you have to celebrate. So celebrate.