Positive Energy 399 - Kudos and Cautions
Currently, our oldest record of New Year's resolutions date back to the time of the Babylonians 4,000 years ago with a celebration called Atiku. Throughout history, communities typically recognized the start of the new year in relation to an agricultural or astronomical event. Later, Julius Caesar honored the god of new beginnings, Janus, by instituting January 1st as the start of the new year. Janus was a two headed god that looked forward and backward. New beginnings are always birthed from what has already transpired.
My custom is to regularly assess my direction at least monthly. However, at the end of the year I do take time to assess my life on a deeper level. I like to look to the year ahead while examining the year past. It feels good to acknowledge where I've made progress and grown (kudos) along with an honest look at where I can improve (cautions). Below are some of the questions I take time to think about at the end/start of each year.
1) What 3 things would you like to have more of in your life?
2) What would you like to have less of in your life?
3) How did the past year line up with your hopes and plans?
4) What are you most proud of accomplishing last year?
5) What was the biggest obstacle to healthy lifestyle this past year?
6) What was the most helpful resource you had for maintaining healthy habits last year? (person, habit or tool)
7) Where would you like to make improvements during the coming year?
8) What techniques are you planning on experimenting with?
9) List 5 things you did that you are proud of and reflect you at your best.
10) List 10 things that you are deeply grateful for.
I like to think of these things while taking long walks, while driving, cleaning or putting them down on paper. Having these questions in a journal year after year is a great way to see what the last 5, 10 or more years look like and notice patterns.
Last year I resolved to stop rushing, to add more intelligent movement to my life as opposed to random, repetitive exercise and to spend more time outdoors. Those simple changes made 2016 infinitely more enjoyable and interesting. I still rush but being conscious about stopping has cut it at least in half and my life is happening at a more manageable pace. As far as more intelligent movement, I'm getting better results and enjoying myself on multiple levels. I placed these accomplishments proudly in my kudos category.
This year I'm sending my Positive Energy emails monthly instead of weekly. I plan to include more implementation action steps for beginners as well as people operating at more advanced levels. The idea is to get less information but to make it more useful. Less information "gluttony" and better info "nutrition and digestion". With information coming at us so fast, it's about curating the best and most useful to get us where we want to be.
If you feel inclined to share your answers to any of the above questions, I'd love to hear from you via email. As we start 2017, I wish you abundant wisdom, laughter and health.
"Celebrate what you want to see more of" - Tom Peters
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been."- Rainer Maria Rilke
All the best,
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