“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” ~Unknown
Why do so many people fear change instead of welcoming it? We tend to get into a routine and become quite comfortable with things. After a while, it is easy to develop a false sense of security. It feels safe because we know we to expect. It’s easy to become comfortably numb. We resist change and close out creativity.
If we are not changing, we are not creating our lives. Imagine if nothing changed in your life from this day forward. Everything would remain the same. Creativity would seize. In a sense, we would be alive, but not living. Would you be satisfied? Would you have any regrets? What comes up for you?
Whether you realize it or not, you play a part in creating each day. It begins with creating an intention, attitude or outlook. Conscious or subconscious, it’s there. It could be based in fear or love. Be mindful of your thoughts.
What are you creating?
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ~Soren Kierkegaard
This is the perfect time to reflect upon this past year. Are you ready?
To prepare, take a deep breath, slow down, and grab a cup of coffee or tea along with a journal or notebook to write in. As you go through the reflection questions below, write down what comes to you after reading each one.
There is no right or wrong answer. Making judgments and having negative thoughts are not part of the plan. This is an exercise for you to use to make positive changes.
- What did you learn this year about yourself and in general?
- Pick 5 words to describe this year.
- What or who brought a smile to your face or warmed your heart this year?
- What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
- What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
- Who came into your life this year?
- What or who did you let go of this year?
- With whom were your most valuable relationships?
- What effect did this past year have on your emotionally, spiritually and physically?
- In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?
- What was your single biggest time waster in this year?
- What was the best way you used your time this past year?
- What was your greatest accomplishment this past year?
- What do you want to continue into the New Year?
Did you find this exercise helpful? I’m always looking for feedback. Please feel free to add a comment below.
Wishing you an amazing 2017 full of endless possibilities!
I am a work in progress.
At times my heart has been temporarily closed for repairs.
My mind has been extended with new bridges for thoughts to travel along.
The capicity for how many may be onsite changes with time.
There are constant changes happening.
Some days are more challenging then others.
Unpredictable storms may create danger zones.
I cannot do it alone and have a team to help me when I ask.
It will take a life time to finish.
Redesign and renovations of some areas are to be expected.
Things will not always go according to plan.
With each experience, I will keep on learning and building more.
~Written by Life Coach Jennifer Bridge, ACC
This article was written by Life Coach Jennifer Bridge
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” and also the most stressful for many people. During the month of December, it is very easy to get caught up in the shopping, gift giving, volunteering, cooking, holiday parties, reunions and time with friends and family. Oh my! We are so busy running around taking care of all the seasonal details that we often forget to give back to ourselves. Yes, that means you! What gift did you get for yourself this season? (Did you feel some resistance come up when you read the last few questions?)
It is very common to be thrown off track by the thought of giving back to yourself, especially during the holiday season. There is so much focus on giving to others and by all means it is an amazing thing to do. When we give to others, we get our spirit filled back in return. However, there is a balance that tends to be way off around this time of year. In fact, when I ask clients what gift they are giving themselves for the holiday, there are surprised by the question. I have heard many reasons for why giving a gift to themselves is not on the list. They either don’t have enough money or time to spend on themselves. As I dig deeper, I learn it has to do with not having the self-worth to see the value in spending the money and time on themselves. I remind them that they are worth it. The action of giving back starts with you.
Not having the money to spend is not a reason, it’s an excuse. Giving back to yourself does not have to cost a thing. Save your money and instead give yourself the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation. Take a bubble bath, read a book, listen to music, go hiking, meditate or any other activity that you enjoy is priceless. It restores your energy and gives you the gift of balance, peace and serenity.
May your holiday season be fully of joy, love, light and relaxation!!