As the new year is upon us, I find that it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the year that’s passed. Sometimes we judge ourselves too harshly. That nagging feeling that you’ve accomplished very little. That you have nothing to show for. Most of the time, that feeling gives a false representation of reality. Before you plan your actions for this new year, take a moment to think about all the great things you accomplished last year.
Think about all the aspects of your life. What did you accomplish in your personal life? Family life? Professional life? List all the things that happened, even the bad ones. The bad events make you grow, perhaps even more than positive experiences. What did you learn? How did you grow?
As your last year unfolds in front of you, you’ll be amazed by all that you’ve accomplished. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of all the things that you’ve achieved. We can easily be discouraged when we feel that things are moving way too slow. We tend to be our own worst critic, unable to appreciate the progress that’s being made. Laying it all out will give you a greater sense of accomplishment that will boost your progress in the year to come.
“We overestimate what we can do in a week, but we underestimate what we can accomplish in a year.”
– Tim Ferriss
Go ahead and do it. Make an account of last year before you look to the year ahead of you. You don’t need to share it with anyone if you don’t want to. This closure is just for you.