Before you start the resolutions list, reflect back on what worked this year.

It’s the end of the year, time for those New Year’s resolutions…OR you could try something different.  What if instead of berating yourself for all you didn’t accomplish in 2015 and making a list of resolutions/punishments for the next year, you celebrated what did work.

When’s the last time you looked at your accomplishments, took inventory on everything you went through and threw some love your own way?

We don’t get report cards any more.  We don’t have a teacher evaluating our comprehension skills, listening abilities, and or how well we play with others.  But we are evolving beings who are consistently learning.

I suggest taking some time to look back on 2015.  What worked?  Where did you grow?  Where are you continuing to grow and are seeing some improvement?  Where did you surprise yourself?  In what areas were you stronger than you had realized?

Start this new year off feeling proud of what you learned about yourself in 2015, and excited about where you will grow in 2016.  (Look inward, by the way, outward appearance is too often a focus of resolutions.  How boring.  Am I right?)

I plan on taking a little time before the 1st of the New Year to reflect on what I learned.  Because while you and I may not have kept our resolutions, that doesn’t mean we were stagnant this past year.  Life happened and we were present in it.

Take care of YOU.


One Reply to “Before you start the resolutions list, reflect back on what worked this year.”

  1. Dear Esther,
    Your Mom sent this blog to me, at my request, and I so appreciate your words of encouragement and wisdom! As an educator, I have always believed that children learn more from their successes than their failures (contrary to the old adage ;^) So, why wouldn’t this be true for adults? Thank you for offering a strategy for taking account of the growth we have experienced.
    Blessings to you,
    Robin Hands


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