How are you today? I hope you are doing great. How did your Christmas go? I hope your celebrations went well. The Christmas celebrations and thankfulness continue even as we countdown to the end of the year.
As the end of the year approaches, you are probably asking yourself, “Was this a successful year?”, “What were my achievements this year?”. This is pretty normal ;it is okay to take a look at the past and compare to the present. It lets you see how far you’ve come. But when you do this and you realize you didn’t reach your goals, or meet up to your expectations, don’t beat yourself over this. Instead, look deeply and ask yourself questions as to why your plans didn’t work out or why things fell out of place. When you do this, try to give yourself honest and open answers. This exercise not only helps you to see where you’ve made mistakes, it also helps you to figure out what worked best for you.
In preparation for the approaching new year, carry out this little exercise;
Find a quiet corner/space, (I strongly recommend that you get a notebook or paper and pen for this) and try to reflect on the happenings of the year. Record your achievements this year and ask yourself, “What were those things I did to accomplish all these?”. Put this down in your notebook or paper. After this, reflect again on the past, this time taking notes of your setbacks and failures. Again ask yourself questions pertaining to why you didn’t get the desired results. Take a hard look at your habits, find out which ones earned you benefits, and which ones prevented or stopped you from reaching your goals. Doing this makes you see and note the areas where you need to and can make necessary adjustments, thereby improving yourself. It will also help you to realize your mistakes and know how to avoid repeating them. Knowing all of this will help you to prepare yourself for a better and more successful life in the following year.

The new year is a new beginning and another chance for you to get it right. You just have to be willing to do your best in getting right this time.


P.S: Please remember that sometimes hard work doesn’t guarantee success. But then again, if you do not work hard, you are sure to fail. It is better to go with the first option.