To plan for the future you must first know where you are now.
Imagine building a house without a strong foundation. The house is likely to be unstable and move. And it won't meet your needs. Or think about being in a town you've not visited before but there’s a well-known tourist spot you want to visit. You phone a friend, who knows the town well, to ask for directions. What’s the first thing they’ll ask you? Yep, that's right. It'll be “Where are you now?”
It’s the same in life. If you don’t know where you are, you won’t know the first steps to take to head towards where you want to be.
This exercise is all about helping you better understand where you are now. In the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s all too easy to overlook your achievements, successes and the many amazing experiences you have. Or to not realise just how much you’ve learnt and grown. Pause the busyness and get set for this exercise, it's all about you.
Grab a pen and your book. Write each of the headings, listed below, in your book. You may wish to leave a page or two between each heading so you can add more details as they come to mind. There’s no right or wrong answer with this exercise and it’s not about getting the perfect words or the exact right grammar. Find yourself a comfy spot and allow your thoughts to flow.
My achievements and successes in 2015
Big or small, they all matter. You may have worked hard to achieve something, perhaps a big goal, or maybe you made a commitment to yourself about making a change to something in your life.
As you reflect on your achievements and successes, notice how you feel. Be proud of yourself. Do a happy dance, a fist pump or high-5, or whatever feels right to you.
Special experiences in 2015
Whether it was meeting someone you admire, a catch up with a friend you’d not seen in a while, or a memory created with someone special. These experiences will have a special place in your heart.
What I learnt about myself
Even in challenging times there will be a gift (although it may not seem like it at the time). What have you learnt about yourself this year and how have you grown from it? Maybe you did something you were fearful about and realised you were more courageous than you thought.
What I’m grateful for
In the busyness of daily life we often overlook the many things we’re grateful for. Instead, we focus on what’s wrong, what we don’t have or what we don’t like. Take time now to write down what you’re grateful for.
Writing down what you’re grateful for each day is a wonderful exercise to do. Over time you may notice there’s more and more to be grateful for. You know what? It was always there. We just don’t always see it.
If you have any questions about this exercise, please let me know.
Live your life as only you can. Your life, your way. - Tracey x