I want to start by saying Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you. I love this time of year. Starting with Thankgiving, the hustle and bustle of shopping and parties, holidays and snowcapped mountains- there is nothing not to love. I think Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to start everything off. By taking time to focus on gratitude and blessings, it makes the rest of the celebrations more meaningful and heartfelt. I know how easy it is to focus on things you wish were better in your life, but this is a time to focus on everything you do have to be grateful for. As you approach the New Year, it is always beneficial to review your year and write down everything you are grateful for. Did you achieve personal growth? Did you pay off some debt? Did you maintain your exercise regimine? Maybe you are grateful that you cultivated some good friendships over the year. Do what you can to mak e this Thanksgiving meaningful for you and your family. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
1. Focus on gratitude
Thanksgiving is a perfect time to begin to gradually end the year by bringing to mind all that you have to be grateful for. Not only should you complete a gratitude list for the past year, but it is helpful to commit to a daily gratitude journal. Every day write down 5 things that you were grateful for that day. This keeps you mindful and focused on what really matters. This is also a wonderful exercise to teach your children at a young age. It allows them space and opportunities to focus on the positives in their life.
2. Review your accomplishments
Aside from focusing on your blessings, it is important to review your accomplishments over the past year. Too often we neglect patting ourselves on the back for things that we work hard for. We tend to focus on what we could have done better, instead of really honoring everything we did do. Take some time this Thanksgiving holiday to go over the past year and document all of your accomplishments. Don't feel guilty when writing this list-it is OK to ring your bell every now and then.
3. Time to let go
Now is the perfect time to acknowledge what you want to let go of for the New Year. Maybe you are ready to let go of procrastination. Or possibly you are ready to let go of the negative self talk. Make a list of everything you want to shed in your life and also create a list of everything you want to bring into your life for the New Year. Life is about evolving and becoming more of who you are really meant to be, so take this time to reflect and grow.
Do you need some more guidance and direction in your life? I will be putting together a group of individuals who want some personalized coaching and support. We will discuss your goals for the New Year, where in your life you feel stuck, and practical tips to move you forward. It will be conducted via teleconference calls. This is a first come first serve process. Email me if interested for more information.