Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. - Margaret J. Wheatley
Did you realize there are only 21 days left in 2014! (Yikes)
Usually, as we get closer to the end of each year, there is normally a Year in Review of major news events, music or a memoriam for celebrities. As you take a look back over the entire year, you get to watch everything that has occurred and remember how you felt when those events happened.
Some events give a warm nostalgic feeling, while others bring back feelings of sadness or heartbreak at the very sight of it. But all of those events make the year what it is- full of growth and challenges. In the end, it generally causes everyone to think about where they are now and their desires for a better new year.
As I look back on my own 2014, while there were some experiences that still give me a sense of pain, there are just as many experiences that promoted a great evolution in myself. I definitely experienced some major inward and outward growth!
Internally, I have increased my faith by believing that all things will work together for my good no matter what struggles I encounter. I am confident in knowing that I AM ENOUGH (I put that in all caps because sometimes we need to shout it out)- I am uniquely me and no longer need to desperately prove my worthiness to anyone. I am here full of the gifts and talents given specifically just for me and no “shape shifting” is needed to try to fit a certain mold for others. And lastly, I know my spirit or “my light” will always connect with the right people who will help me grow and stretch as I continue on this journey of life.
Outwardly, I can say I have GROWN. I have opened myself up to sharing my experiences with others, in the hopes of providing encouragement and maybe even be a source of motivation. There is more joy within myself and it is radiating in my interactions with others. There is a wonderful glow of confidence and poise when I speak, because I am more certain of my abilities. Goals that I previously thought unattainable were only figments of my imagination and I discovered that these ventures are truly achievable.
While I am amazed at how my life has unfolded this year, I know that greatness awaits for you in 2015 as well!
I encourage you to conduct your own “Year in Review” and carve out some time to reflect. This exercise is helpful in the following ways:
- You can track and view your progress from this year
- It's a way to acknowledge and celebrate success in different areas of your life
- You can see the areas you hope to grow in and create actionable steps to get there
1. What were areas of inward growth for you?
Inward growth is any area of your core being that has stretched, making you stronger. Internal growth builds a firmer foundation and allows the expansion of resources (gifts) that were already in you. Ex. increased faith, decreasing negative talk in your mind, increasing a sense of joy from within
2. What were areas of outward growth?
Outward growth is a change in behavior, interactions with others and your overall presentation of yourself based on your internal change/internal growth.
3. What areas do you desire to grow in? (Don’t be too hard on yourself we are all an ongoing work in progress)
The gift of self-reflection and rediscovery is a wonderful way to end the year and plan for 2015.
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