The end of the year is approaching, and our minds are preoccupied with shopping, holiday preparations, year-end performance reviews and — most of all — our own personal life evaluations.
As we turn back the clock and the days get shorter and colder, we are often reminded of the resolutions, goals, and plans that we had just last January. And I don’t know if it’s the winter blues, but we all fall into the trap of focusing on all the things we didn’t do rather than on the things we actually accomplished — no matter how small!
This is why I am sharing this brief “Look in the Mirror” Exercise with you. It is designed to help you turn your attention from what could have been to WHAT IS!
LOOK IN THE MIRROR EXERCISE
Note: Please find a quiet space where you will be uninterrupted for 12 – 15 minutes.
Q: What are 3 things (big or small) that you have accomplished this year? Write these down.
As you look at your list of accomplishments, think on the following:
1. Was it planned?
2. When did it happen?
3. Who helped you?
4. What helped you?
Note: Please take a few minutes to be silent as you gather your thoughts and complete the exercise.
How did completing this personal inventory feel to you? Did you think you wouldn’t be able to find 3 accomplishments until you made this space to think about it? Did it also help you recognize just how many resources around you go unnoticed or under-appreciated?
If you did, no worries, we ALL do it.
However, we MUST do a better job at shifting to a positive mindset. And this means taking a few minutes out of every day to reflect on the present moment.
Have a great week!