It’s that time of year again, where most of us think of new resolutions for the coming year and set ourselves goals and promises to keep for the new year ahead, that are bigger and better.
But I like to also make time to reflect and be grateful for the year we have just lived, and learn from experiences whether they are memories to be cheerful about and some that I now know I could have done differently.
There are also of course issues that are bigger than us in the world, that we sometimes feel are out of our control, but I think how we respond to these issues or concerns are very much within our control, and that in itself is something that we can all reflect on. We could ask ourselves: “What can I do to make a difference?” with that issue which may concern us. “What positive change can I make?” “How can I help?” These are questions that are great to consider when making plans for the new year ahead, don’t you think?
Most of the time we seem to make new year’s resolutions based around our own personal needs or wants, for example: giving up smoking, exercising more, losing 10 kilos, etc. But unfortunately a high percentage of these promises aren’t kept for too long 🙁 Why you may ask? Exactly, it’s all about the WHY!
If you really want to give up smoking, ask yourself why? If you really want to exercise more, ask yourself why? If you really want to lose those 10 kilos, ask yourself why? When you dig deep, and ask yourself why, and ask yourself how will this benefit me AND others around me? This is where you can really achieve results when keeping yourself accountable to not only yourself, but others who are important to you.
Have you noticed when it comes to ourselves we tend to put ourselves second, as opposed to those we love and care about? It’s common, because we actually care about others. This isn’t a bad thing! But maybe if you make your reasons why you want to achieve something not only about you and your wants, but also about others around you and how it will benefit both them, and you of course! For example: “I want to exercise more so I’m fit and healthy to play with my children and I’m a good role model for them.” Awesome! This reason why is for both you and your children.
I’m not suggesting to forget about you, but when you make your reason Why about something or someone at a deeper emotional level, then things start happening for the long run and goals and new year’s resolutions CAN really happen!
But as I mentioned earlier, it’s a time to reflect on 2016, my reflections personally are as follows:
- I have learned that through tough times, I eventually move past them and learn and grow stronger for it (this I think has been evident before in my life), maybe I just needed a reminder 🙂
- The importance of family and close friends support has been a theme for me in 2016
- Being grateful for life and the awesome people and things around me
- Growing further with new tops that I’ve created with Run Donna Run.
- Completing the fundraising for RCH with a bang, with people from around Australia joining in the virtual race, Run Your Own Race with RDR, thank you all 🙂
- Handing over $36,000 to the Royal Children’s Hospital, supporting the kids in the Diabetes and Endocrinology Department, thanks heaps to all who contributed
- I’ve continued speaking with many audiences, inspiring them…and them inspiring me in return…I love it!
- Completing my long awaited book! Woo hoo! 🙂
- Having the support from you, who continue to follow my adventures, thank you! And to the newbies who’ve come on board this year.
- Creating new adventures and programs for 2016 and 2017, has occupied my time especially in the last 6 months. Exciting stuff to come! Thank you to those who’ve helped me 🙂
- I’ll leave it there for now, as I’m sure I could go on 🙂
I wanted to also take this opportunity to reach out and wish you all an awesome 2017, be safe with your celebration time too!
I’d love to read your 2016 reflections AND goals for 2017, please comment below and share 🙂
The Power is in Me…it’s in You too!