10 Meaningful Areas for you to Ponder, Reflect and Create an AMAZING Year!

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womanMH900444495cropRecently, my life turned upside down. A family crisis has meant my husband Duncan and I are flying back and forth from Canada to England for what will probably be about 18 months in total. 

Now, although I’m more adjusted to our current life-style, I feel “at sea” and a little sad as I say goodbye to our home and Dexter our dog, for the next little while. It’s challenging to support Duncan and keep my businesses ticking over nicely to pay for all the extra expenses! But it’s not this that I find most unsettling. I usually use the quiet time between Christmas and New Year to ponder and reflect – which helps me connect to myself and then think about goals. But this year, (again!) I have not yet had the opportunity to reflect and I feel unbalanced and unsettled.

Much of how I feel is obviously due to the change in life circumstances, but I can also clearly see how the LACK of time to ponder and reflect has affected me. Without the reflection, I don’t have clarity. And without clarity, I am literally “aimless” – without aim or goals!

You see, reflection time is not just important – it’s VITAL. It gives us the opportunity to acknowledge our challenges, difficulties – and our successes. It helps us see where we have grown, what’s working for us and what is not, and what directions we want to take next.

But there’s still plenty of time! So, if you haven’t already, now is a great time to reflect on what and who you value in your life, where you are on your spiritual or life journey, what you’ve achieved in the past year and what you’d like to achieve in the upcoming year.

Set aside some time to ponder and reflect, to stare out of the window. Jot down your thoughts and learnings. I know I will be.

And I have just the 10 meaningful areas for you to reflect and ponder on, so that you can create an AMAZING year:

  1. Make THREE Lists a) the most IMPORTANT people in your life, b) people who DRAIN you and c) people who INSPIRE you.
  2. What you’d like MORE of and LESS of in your life.
  3. Your BIG achievements this past year (include personal, spiritual and professional). This is what you’re MOST proud of – what you’d like to celebrate!
  4. What you’re most EXCITED about for the coming year (if you don’t have anything, then this is something you may want to work on).
  5. What do you ALREADY KNOW you want to accomplish this coming year?
  6. What you would like to EXPRESS in your life or work more?
  7. What does it MEAN to you to have a full and rich life?
  8. How could you have MORE FUN and JOY in your life?
  9. What is your BIGGEST challenge in the upcoming year?
  10. What do you SECRETLY need to acknowledge in your life?

“Just because we increase the speed of information doesn’t mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.”
Dale Dauten

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