Here we are. The final days of 2017. Some of us can’t believe we are already here or already can’t wait for the year to be over with. No matter what your personal feelings are towards the year of 2017, I can assure you that this is the most important month of the year and it has nothing to do with the Holidays. You see, December doesn’t come to play. It’s the month where we have to accept that a new year is almost here. December exposes how we spent the last 11 months. Instead of hibernating until 2018, take advantage of what this month is about: reflection and preparation.
What is life telling you?
Determine where you put the majority of you energy towards.
I will list 3 examples: Photos, Money, Communication.
Take a quick look through the photos through your phone, what are the mostly of? Selfies, Family, Locations, Screenshots? That is a sign of what you find most important to you. Analyze your bank history throughout the year. Where did most of your spending go towards? Was it worth it? Could you save more next year? Evaluate your phone calls, emails, texts and inboxes. Who did you communicate with the most or least. Are you communicating effectively? Start planning today on a system for next year to continue improving yourself. Find books, links or reach out to a mentor for guidance today. Don’t wait until June or July, start building your 2018 foundation now.
Failures: Be honest with yourself here. Where did you fail? Did you forget about plans or goals. Accept your failures, they happened and now you know what didn’t work
Accomplishments: Celebrate yourself! What did you get done in 2017 that made you smile? No matter how big or small the accomplishment, you did it. Did you finally start your business, did you finish that book, learned how to bake, did you finish a class. Be proud of you!
Improvements: Now that you have seen what worked for you and what didn’t, you are ready to improve. Do not lose energy by focusing on mistakes. They gave you a reason to improve.
Finally, identify the most common distractions. People, games, alcohol, social media. Whatever it is, don’t lie to yourself. Be honest and if it’s draining you in your finances or health. You’ve got to let it go. Only then could you look forward and prepare for a new year. Being present is a common theme in zen philosophy. If you are stuck on things from the past or too anxious for what might happen in the future, you won’t get to do anything with yourself now. The more you can discipline yourself to avoid unnecessary distractions in your life at all levels, the more you will be able to focus on living your life in peace.