A new year has finally come and to everyone this means new beginnings! A new year gives us a fresh start and brand new hope for what is yet to come. This excitement for the future has us putting pen to paper to gather all of our hopes and dreams. Not to mention, all of the carefully planned strategies for every month, week, day, hour; all to make sure we will most definitely meet our goals this year. However, we often forget about looking back at the past year with gratefulness. Of course as countless memes have shown, the internet has unanimously agreed that 2016 wasn’t exactly peaches and cream. But even through those hardships, we must acknowledge the fact that we are still here and we have come out stronger.
Before starting your New Year’s Resolutions list, take that fresh, clean piece of paper, and while looking back at the previous year, make a list of all your accomplishments. It doesn’t matter whether they are big or small. They are all important because they are something that YOU achieved. Whenever we get to plan for the future, we sometimes fall into the “grass is greener” complex. Always looking forward to better and thinking I’ll be happier when it’s better. But we never take the time to actually celebrate or be happy and proud of what we have already achieved so far and what we have right now.
Even if you might get a bit stuck while writing this list because the problems or setbacks you had are fresh in your mind, there is always something to take away from these experiences. What did you learn about yourself from this? How did you grow as a person? I assure you that even in the smallest ways that you may not even have considered, you have learned something and grown as a result.
So, as the new year begins, be grateful for all of your experiences and proud of every little thing you set out to do last year and accomplished! Then take that feel-good positive energy and complete your New Year’s Resolutions list knowing that you are more than capable of reaching all of your goals this year too!