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Look Back, Look Forward and Look Around You

Posted on 16-1-2014 by Fiona Cosgrove

Here we go again. New Year and a new start! I was reading another motivating column in the paper about setting goals and it was good to see it pointed out that the majority of New Years resolutions were abandoned within 6 days. There were some useful points made about creating new habits etc. and taking small steps. Hmmm.  

I’ve been thinking about this need each year to reinvent our lives, or ourselves in some ways and it’s got me querying why we don’t seem to be happy with the old self, or our existing life? It can’t be all due for replacement just because it’s the end of December. We always want to improve and grow and that’s a great thing but I wonder if there is a better way of looking at this blank page of the year ahead?

So I  tried using an idea from one of the many books I am reading and decided that instead of setting these amazing new goals to strive towards, I would re-think my end of year meeting (with myself) and ask three things:

  1. What has happened this past year that has been significant and had an element of success in it (Incredible how many things I listed!)
  2. What am I thoroughly enjoying right now? Ie what’s happening in the present time that I want to savour (Again, lots there.)
  3. What have I got to look forward to in 2014? (Such a nicer way of planning new ventures, challenges and just good things!)

I enjoyed this process so much I invited my husband to join me in the conversation and we both felt really energised, grateful and positive by what came out of it. 

Why not try this new way for your annual “review”? 
The principles of course come from positive psychology where the notion of having a positive relationship with the past, present and future can create greater life satisfaction – cultivating gratitude for the past, savouring the moment and anticipating the future. A refreshing approach.  


About the Author - Fiona Cosgrove

Fiona Cosgrove’s 25 years experience as a business owner, a trainer, lecturer, coach and presenter, positions her well to identify and employ the strengths of your staff making your business a pleasure to work in and deal with. 

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