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With six weeks of this year left to go – most of which will be punctuated by festivities, now is the time to review, – and formalise – your plans for 2019.
Hit the ground running by asking yourself these five questions.
- Did you have clarity about what you wanted 2018 to be like for you?
- If you did not, then that should be your #1 priority for 2019, more on that later.
- If so – are you closer or further from that life vision now at the end of the year?
- What things helped or impeded your vision coming to life in 2018?(ie. what worked, and what didn’t?)
- Are these factors and actions likely to continue into 2019?
These questions are enough to give you a clear indication if you are on your way towards the life you want, or whether it is increasingly becoming out of reach.
If you are generally on track towards your ideal life, then those things that have contributed most significantly to your progress should be high on your agenda for next year.
On the other hand, if you feel that you are drifting further form that ideal life, then begin by acknowledging and forgiving yourself for your part in this outcome, and accept it as past. I can not emphasize how important this gesture is, as it will anchor you in the present and clear the way for change. Then give yourself permission to seek guidance in order to begin making the changes that will make 2019 different and fulfilling.
Lastly, if you answered “No” to the first question – and you are struggling to get clarity about yourself, your purpose, and what you wish your life to be like, or you are simply feeling drained, exhausted by fruitless efforts, and lacking hope that things may improve, then do not delay, your next step must be on a journey inwards. Again, give yourself permission to seek guidance. As your guide is not influenced by your emotions, they will be able to shine the light important things that you may miss, spot connections that may have become unfamiliar to you, and most importantly help you re-acquaint you with who you really are.
There is no strategy for 2019 that is of any value unless you have that self-awareness, that deep understanding of who you are, and are able to feel a sense of delight in being that person.
Let me know which of these three best described your 2018, and what big change you will be making to turn 2019 into sheer awesomeness.