If you spoke with your family, friends, and colleagues, what would they say you were known for in 2023?
For me, I was known for being always “on the go” especially traveling to new places and having new experiences.
I was teased that they could not keep up with me!
As we are now into a new year, it is a great time for reflection but not necessarily to make New Year’s Resolutions.
Instead, it is a time to take stock on what went well last year and determine how you can leverage this into something even better in 2024.
Maybe you met someone who really inspired you.
If so, how about scheduling a meeting with them to learn more about them and their life journey?
It could also be that you read an article or saw a television show about a certain place that seemed appealing to you. Why not research the area and make plans to travel there?
If you worked with a really great client/customer last year, try devising ways to offer more services to them so you can continue the relationship.
If this is not possible, try to determine what made them so special and from there identify ways to meet like-minded people.
This may mean getting out of your comfort zone by attending different events or asking others for introductions.
As you continue to think about last year it is important to think about your health – both mental and physical.
What brought you the greatest joy? It may be a moment in time but usually it is little things that mean the most.
This year keep track of these times by writing in a gratitude notebook every day.
Alternatively, what stressed you out and more importantly, how did you overcome them?
Be proud that you were resilient by being able to face these challenges.
If you are still working on them, be kind to yourself and do not compound the issues by berating yourself that you are not at the finish line.
Baby steps still let you move forward. This is better than rushing through something only to have to go back and do it again.
I recently watched a documentary about regions across the world that had many people who lived to be over 100 years old.
Diet and exercise are obviously huge factors, but it was also about the sense of community and happiness these people experience that make them have such fulfilling lives even into their 80s, 90s, and beyond.
If this is what you want out of your life, it starts now.
What will you be remembered for in 2024? Happy New Year!