It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than 3 weeks away and the New Year is right around the corner! I say it every year… but this year has flown by.

As the sun begins to set on another year, a lot of us are starting to think about what we want to accomplish in 2018. Our dreams, goals, hopes + intentions for the year ahead. While it’s exciting to think about all of the possibilities that the new year can bring, it’s crucial to take some time to think about + appreciate everything you were able to accomplish in 2017!

One of the best things you can do to help to you achieve your 2018 goals is to take some time now for REFLECTION.

Think about all of the things that have happened in the past year: successes, setbacks, achievements, obstacles overcome, transitions made, places traveled, unforeseen events, etc, etc., etc. It might look different depending on the area of your life; maybe you had great success in one area but came up short in another. Perhaps it was the best year of your life personally but the worst year of your life professionally. Maybe it was the best year of your life overall! Or maybe you’re just ready for the year to be over. No matter what the circumstance, I bet you can find something that was gained or a lesson that was learned.

As humans, we have a tendency to get lost in our goals for the future. The minute we hit December, I found myself thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in 2018. While being goal oriented is important, it’s also easy to get burnt out + lose motivation if you don’t take some time to acknowledge the progress you’ve already made. Think about where you were last year at this time: chances are, you’ve come a long way. 

You will be able to set more realistic and achievable goals for the New Year if you take some time to evaluate what worked and what didn’t work during the previous year; areas that need improvement, places you need to cut back, relationships that need nurturing, or beliefs that no longer serve you. It’s difficult to know where you’re going if you don’t take time to think about where you’ve been.

So, make a list of all of the things you’ve accomplished in 2017. Big or small, write them down. Then, take some time to celebrate these things (even if all your celebrating is the fact that you made it through!)

Then you’ll be ready to start setting some realistic and achievable goals for 2018! If you want to learn more about Therapy in Virginia Beach give us a call.