Don’t review your year without first remembering this

Dec 15, 2021 | Blog

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How do you feel as we approach the end of 2021? Are you starting to review your year?

From what I’m hearing (and I know this feeling all too well myself) it’s easy to think that we didn’t achieve the things we set out to at the beginning of the year.

Maybe there are work goals that you didn’t reach.

Fears that you didn’t overcome.

Travel that didn’t end up happening.

Friends that you didn’t end up spending time with.

Maybe you didn’t meet the partner/buy the house/have the baby /launch the side business.

And now, you’re beating yourself up about it.

But here’s the thing, the human brain often hones in on the negatives and glosses over the positives.

And I’m willing to bet this is what’s happening with you right now.

You review your year and all the worst things spring to mind first.

It’s another way that the inner critic shows up in our lives.

We also need to remember…

We’ve been living through a pandemic. Twenty twenty-one remains unprecedented.

New challenges have arisen, and barriers have been put in our way.

And sometimes, life has plans for us that don’t fit in with our timeline or schedule.

This year might not have turned out how you planned or wanted, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of good stuff that you’ve done, experienced, achieved and handled.

You’ve overcome challenges.

You’ve helped others.

You’ve been brave.

You’ve loved.

You’ve done your best in what might have been a challenging year.

Plus, let’s face it, you’ve taken the bins out each week, remembered to floss, texted people back and decided what to cook for dinner night after night (no mean feat!).

Instead of focusing on what you didn’t achieve this year – I’m inviting you to focus on what went well (remembering that all those little things still count).

Grab your notebook or journal and make a note of:

  • What went well?
  • What are you proud of?
  • Who did you help?
  • Who did you connect with?
  • What challenges did you overcome?

Now I’d love to know (and you have total permission to brag here) – what are you proud of this year? 

Comment below and tell me all about it.

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