Today is the Twelfth day of Christmas and the official end to the festivities. The decorations come down if they haven't done already and people are well into their various New Year's Resolutions.
Like a lot of people I find it is a perfect time to detox, not only from all the over indulging from the last month but to also gain some perspective and clarity for the year ahead. We often set unrealistic goals in the New Year and find we are back to our old habits after a few months. To prevent this from happening it is worth spending some time reflecting on the previous year, being honest with yourself and making goals that can be attained through small steps.
This weekend, or when you have time, take a quiet moment and review the questions below. We can be are own worst critics, so try not to be too harsh on yourself. Remember the year you have had and celebrate all the good times, but also learn from the the things that didn't work out for you.
Here are Rue Belle's 8 questions to help you gain more perspective for the coming year.
1. What moments are you proud of from the past year? Spend some time celebrating your wins and things that went well for you.
2. What things didn't work out as you wanted? This is not an opportunity for you sit there and berate yourself, be constructive and kind to yourself. Not everything is going to work out exactly as you thought, however reflecting and adjusting the goal posts slightly can help you to achieve the things you want for this year.
3. What did you learn from both your wins and your failures? This is an opportunity to reflect and learn from both situations.
4. What are your current goals? Think about what you want to prioritise this year and list them. Setting up some goals for the year and breaking them down by month and then making smaller steps per week, can help you prioritise the things you want and make them more achievable.
5. What habits do you want to work on? Creating a habit, whether it's meditating everyday, exercising more or taking your lunches into work etc, require some commitment. In theory it takes 30 days to form a habit if it is done everyday. However, lets be honest we might slip up and miss a day occasionally. Don't panic if you do, just vow to start again the following day.
6. What did you do too much of? Too much of anything is not good, living in moderation helps to create a more balanced lifestyle.
7. What do you want to do more of? Maybe you want to spend more time with your family and friends, hit the gym more often or read more. Whatever it is, create some time for the things you love and make you happy. You will feel more balanced this way.
8. **THE BIG ONE** If you could accomplish one thing in 2017 what would it be? 1) DREAM BIG, 2) Write it down 3) Think about how you could start the process in small steps.
For me it has been a very exciting year, however there are a few things I need revaluate and learn from. Some goals I didn't quite reach, so I have re-focused and will prioritise them this year.
Some habits I would like to work on: To read more, be healthier, drink less red wine and to learn Spanish :)
Finally, I want to push my business to the next level this year, so watch this space! There are lots of wonderful and exciting things to come with Rue Belle.