2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
Another year coming to an end! It's time to look at our good and bad shots. Before making resolutions, do you take the trouble to take stock of your year?
The end of a calendar year is the only symbol of passing time that we all have in common. It is a moment of introspection that allows those who have had a difficult year to close a chapter and hope that the next one will be easier. It is also an opportunity to think about what we could improve, what we want to do and what we want to leave behind.
A balance sheet? What for?
By completing a year, each of us can realize what we failed to do. It wasn't a year of traveling, partying or learning, and besides, we've aged a year and our baby isn't one anymore!
It's what we do too often and it's what makes many people feel down during the holiday season. It is also for this reason that many coaches and authors suggest writing a concrete report on the year, based on objectives and specific events.
Because this balance sheet should not become an opportunity to hit each other, far from it, it is rather a way oftake a step back and understand what happened this year to improve your future, by working on specific bases.
A review in three steps
To make a useful and constructive review, you must first prepare a plan.
Write down achieved and unachieved goals
What did you want to do this year? Stop smoking? Lose a few pounds? Get in shape? To cook? To learn Spanish? Traveling with children? Take time for yourself? Write down everything you did well, what you didn't have time to do and what you failed.
Understand and reflect
Take a few hours, maybe a few days, ask yourself what hurt you. Did you lack time or motivation? Have you taken a few steps in the right direction? How could you adjust your approach to reach your goals by the same date next year?
Prepare new goals
Think about what you would like to do next year. Give yourself several achievable ideals, but also write down your wildest dreams. Next year, you may realize that you are getting closer to your ideals, even if only slowly.
A positive balance sheet
Whatever happens, try to end this exercise with a positive balance. After all, as a mom, you've achieved a lot this year. You consoled, taught, cooked, loved, sang, sewed, danced, tinkered,drawn, you were patient and when you weren't, you apologized. Basically, being a mother has taken a lot out of you, physically and emotionally. Just because it was your duty, you took advantage of it, and those actions made you happy doesn't mean they're less important.
You did your best and that's a lot. By the way, if you look at your end-of-year report with a critical eye because you didn't manage to do everything you had planned, tell yourself that in your resolutionsfor 2017, you should basically write: “Be less hard on myself”.