A few days ago we were just opening our Christmas gifts, and this time around probably as you read this, you're preparing a bunch of fireworks to be used when the clock strikes 12.
Well, that's how life is. Something that we must take to heart always as we make each and every moment meaningful and memorable.
Speaking of meaningful and memorable, how was your 2023 like?
I want you to take this time to reflect and come from a space of honesty and vulnerability, how was your year like?
What did you struggle about? What were the highs and lows? What changed you?
Know that everything happens for a reason, and you, reading this now, are exactly where you're meant to be.
Ok, you can breathe now. Yes, it's ok.
But before we proceed, take this time to congratulate yourself. Whatever you've been through, whatever you're going through as of the moment, know that you made it till today and that's such an achievement. You're a fighter. A survivor. A winner. Good job!
It doesn't end though as the year that was comes to a close.
It's only the beginning of something new, and something even better for you perhaps.
Any experience, good or bad, teaches you a valuable lesson. Looking back, what did life want to teach you with everything that happened to you? Was it about setting boundaries? Choosing the people you surround yourself with? Moving on? Take those lessons to heart and know that each one will come in handy as you welcome the new year so that you don't commit the same mistakes again. Remember: life can be such a strict teacher and you will experience the same painful experiences if you don't learn from them over and over again. So don't even go that way for next year. Haha!
2. What do I really want to achieve this year?
Emphasis on the word "really". Being true to yourself, what's the new milestone that you're looking at? Have a clear vision of what you really want to achieve so you can anchor your plans on it solidly. Make sure that it's totally meaningful and relevant to you so that it allows you to live your purpose accordingly. Don't have a goal for the sake of having one. Choose what really resonates within.
3. What needs to change for me to achieve this?
A new and bigger goal requires not only a change in your action plans but also a change in your mindset and emotional state. This new journey requires a different version of you so think about this: what kind of person do you need to become to be able to achieve your goals accordingly? What mindset, behaviors, feelings and action plans do you need to modify to allow everything to fall into place seamlessly in your journey? Change is inevitable so do away with resistance and embrace the beauty of what may be unfamiliar and uncomfortable at first. Best if you can list them all down in your journal so you have a visual guide moving forward.
4. What kind of support do I honestly need?
Hear me out on this: there's nothing wrong with asking for help. You're only human. It doesn't make you weak or less capable. It actually shows how strong and humble you are to recognize your own needs as you journey towards your best. So best to inquire within now: who or what can help you in your journey? Do you need a mentor? A coach? New business opportunity? Skills training? Choose what you feel is best for you and don't be afraid to seek others for support if you know they can do wonders for you. Always remember though to express your gratitude and respect before, during and after you get their support because the relationships that you keep matter.
5. What should be my overall theme for this year?
Take time to imagine this: what will be your overall mantra for next year? Is it all about expansion? Breaking barriers? Transformation? Choose what's best for you and how you want your 2024 narrative to become. This helps you align your actions accordingly to your overall theme by asking yourself each time you make a crucial decision: how will this contribute to (express your theme)? Knowing the impact of your actions will help you come up with sound decisions not merely based on impulse or heightened emotions. Just to share, my 2023 theme was all about expansion and it allowed me to expand my practice globally as I spoke in international conferences and won global awards, which were part of my goals for this year. For 2024, my overall theme is transformation, as I allow myself to evolve into a new version of my own #bestmeever .
There you go. I hope these questions can help guide you as you welcome this coming year with a bunch of positivity and possibilities.