Is it just me or is time going so quickly? With the end of the year upon us and December no doubt filled with a busy social calendar of all things Christmas & NYE, there is no better time than NOW to take a moment of self reflection; time with you, yourself and you! Thinking about how 2022 went down and things you want to cultivate for the year ahead – 2023.
Here are some great journalling exercises to draw upon in your time of self reflection:
Note – if you don’t yet have a journal, I HIGHLY recommend you get to the shops and buy yourself one – treat yourself. Journalling is such a powerful tool I use both in my personal practice and with clients. There is something very powerful about putting pen to paper, out of head and into your journal. After all, when it comes to self reflection, all the answers you need come from within.
1) Things you’ve achieved so far
From January all the way through to now, go through month by month and note down all the things you have achieved and overcome. Making sure that these are not just external things e.g. pay rise, promotion, house move etc, but also internal things. AKA what internal things have you overcome e.g. discovering your passion, starting a new hobby, learning how to manage the inner critic etc.
Notice, as you do this journalling exercise, how it makes you FEEL. Pride? A sense of achievement? Motivated to do more of the good stuff. Or perhaps a sense of not having achieved enough, inadequacy, frustration to self. The key here is to just notice, observe and write it down. And then, perhaps there lies the work, there lies the answers.
For the remainder of the year, is there anything else you would like to add to the list?
2) Reflecting on a personal challenge
Write down one personal challenge you experienced in 2022. Can you reflect on what you learnt about yourself during this challenge?
3) A look into the various pillars of your life
Make a brainstorm with the following categories with you in the middle, at the centre, then coming out from that (in no order of importance):
– personal health / development
– love life
– friends / family
– environment: this could be your home, who and what you surround yourself with.
In each category, note down where you are at now with these aspects of your life.
Then, on the page next to it, write down where you would like to be at with these things for the year ahead. Dream big, believe big, and as you do this notice your negative beliefs / stories you tell yourself, that may be holding you back.
As always, when we think about things we want to achieve or cultivate going forwards, it is very important to draw upon gratitude. In order to have the life we want, we’ve got to love the life we have. We live in a society where we are constantly focused on the next thing and then the next thing, without taking a moment to reflect on just how far we have come and just how much magic and joy and abundance we already have.
So, make a list of 10 things you are grateful for, right now, in this moment and at this point in your life. Be as specific as you most possibly can. No vagueness. Notice how they make you feel; abundant, full up, appreciative….
Can you look at these things and carry them into your 2023 with an abundant mindset to help you achieve all your 2023 goals.
Have FUN with all of these journalling exercises. If you have any questions at all with anything, pop me a DM / email. Remember, any negative thoughts of feelings or emotions are all things to notice and work through!
Lots of love,