Find the Bright Side
At the end of each year a lot of people will look back on the past year and think about what they didn’t do and the things that they did not accomplish and look forward to January 1 so they can start to pursue new goals.
I would like to help you shift your thinking just a little bit and review each year in a different way. Forget about all the negative stuff and what you didn’t accomplish or didn’t do and focus in on the positive and what you did get accomplished. Concentrate on what went right and all the things that you did do and did accomplish.
Most people, including myself, in fact especially myself, are too hard on themselves. It is time to give yourself a break. This was a difficult lesson for me to do. I am always my worst critic and I know that probably holds true for a lot of people.
Just because you didn’t lose the 25 pounds you wanted this year or you didn’t earn your first million dollars, does not mean that you are a failure. It means that you just have not completed them yet.
It becomes very difficult to try and focus your thoughts and think about the things that you did do when you are focusing so hard on the things that you didn’t do. The past is the past and you cannot get it back. It is impossible to go back in time and change what didn’t happen in the past year. And if you focus on what you didn’t do in the past year or even the past few years the law of attraction says you will get more of what you think about. So the question to ask yourself is, “is what you want more of the same?”
So now it is time to just look back each year and think of all the stuff that you did do and congratulate yourself and be happy with it. You cannot move forward to the next year with intention and purpose and resolve to live your life the way you choose if you keep looking backwards. Look straight ahead and keep moving forward as I’m sure that is the direction you want to keep your life moving toward.
THIS WEEK'S ACTION STEP
Here is this week’s personal exercise:
This week instead of creating a list of things to do such as goals for this coming year, I would like you to make a look what I did last year list.
I would like you to take out your pen and your journal or notebook and then number from 1 to 100 on the left-hand side. Now take a look back over your year and focus in on all the wonderful things, both big and small, that you did this year. They do not have to be these world changing accomplishments as they can be just some stuff that you did with your family and friends.
Let me give you an example:
“Look What I Did in 20__ !”:
Got a promotion at work with a 10% raise.
Had an awesome anniversary this year.
Went on a cruise for the first time.
Got a new patio in back for our house.
Volunteered at the local food bank for the first time.
Had a great picnic with people from church in July.