Is 2017 really almost over? I swear, I blinked and it was gone.
December has always been a time of both celebration and introspection for me. Something about sweater weather, abundant comfort food, and the passing of another year cues me to turn inward. I’ve noticed that when I do this - when I leave space for reflection - it tends to inform what happens next.
The way we finish impacts the way we begin.
When the end of the year arrives, it’s easy to move quickly into planning for what’s next. “What’s my resolution?” “What are my goals for this year?” “What do I want to accomplish?” All of these forward-looking questions are useful and they have the satisfying allure of making us feel productive.
Dreaming and scheming for the year ahead is a great. Do it! Just don’t forget to finish what you started. Take time to complete the year with eyes wide open. It will serve, in a multitude of ways, what happens next for you. No one wants to head into the new year nursing last year’s hangover. And yet, we do it all the time.
Before launching into something new, whether it’s a new year, a new job, or a new relationship, spend time focussing on an intentional effort I call “completion.” Completion involves celebrating, reflecting, and locking in your learning.
Here’s a simple completion exercise to get you started. As you wrap up the passing year, ask yourself these five questions:
1. What successes and wins have I had this year that I am celebrating?
2. What were my failures and heartaches and how did they serve me?
3. What have I learned this year that wants to be carried forward into next year?
4. Is there anything that feels “undone” that I want to tend to before moving forward?
5. Is there anything I else I need to feel complete?
Clearing some psychic space before creating what’s next will have a direct impact on how you manifest it. Happy completing and Happy New Year!