The ending of one year and the beginning of a new year offers a good opportunity to stand still for a moment at our own lives. I realized that I haven’t officially closed my last year and haven’t really taken the time to welcome the new one. Of course, I celebrated New Year’s eve but what I mean is taking the time to look back to 2010 and to prepare for 2011. Have you? If not, it’s not too late to still do it. Here are some questions that you might find useful:
Analyses of 2010
- Have you done the things you wanted to do?
For me, 2010 was a good year with many changes and learnings. This is also the year where I quit my job to do what I love. That’s also the thing I am most proud of.
- What have you learned?
I have learned that it is always the best choice to listen to your heart instead of to the voice in your head, or the voices of others. Deep inside we all know what we want and what is good for us. I also learned to live in the moment. We can only change things in the now, not in the past nor in the future.
- For which things are you grateful or proud on yourself?
I am very grateful for all the love, friendship & harmony in my life. And of course for the fact that I can realize my dreams in life and that I am not distracted by sickness, war, or any other tragedy in life. I am in the luxury position to only have to think about myself and about fulfilling my own dreams and wishes. Isn’t that the best thing one can wish for?
- What could you have done differently?
I wished I was more honest or direct to people in certain situations, especially when they crossed my borders or said things I definitely disagreed with.
- Which moments would you like to remember in particular?
I’d like to remember the moment when the picture in the header was taken since it reminds me of total freedom. I also want to remember special moments with my loved ones.
- What is your word/motto for 2010?
Mine is freedom.
While writing this pictures, conversations, emotions flits by and I realize how much happens in a year time. What will 2011 bring? What do I want 2011 to be for me? What do you want 2011 to be for you?
You know, we can only reach our goals, if we know what they are. So take a few minutes of your time and think about it.
What do you want 2011 to be for you?
And you know what is even more effective than thinking about your goals and dreams? Writing them down. Our mind loves if things are concrete, structured. It just seems to remember and process things better once we write thoughts, feelings, emotions down. Writing down what we want is also often the beginning of a self-fulfilling prophecy. So if you can free up 5 to 10 minutes of your time, I advice you to take your notebook and a pen and think about what you want this year to bring you.
What are 10 things you would like to do in 2011? Small and big. Work and private. Doesn’t matter. Just write down anything that comes into your mind. Might be a new idea, might be a dream you have had for years. Why not make 2011 the year of realizing your dreams and ideas?
As for me, here are my 10 things I want to do in 2011:
- Visiting at least 3 new countries
- Having 5000 followers of my blog
- Writing an e-book
- Picking up writing in my diary again
- Getting married to J
- Doing more yoga
- Spending more quality time with family and friends
- Spending time with inspiring people
- Taking up dancing classes
I’d love to know your list. Fill in the comment form if you want to share it with me.
Special tip: Make sure you are regularly exposed to your dreams/goals since it will increase the chances of reaching them. Here are some ideas how to visualize them:
- Create a special screensaver with your list or pictures of your goals
- Hang the list somewhere where you see it every day e.g. on the fridge door.
- Put up posted notes spread around your appartment to remind you of your goals or subgoals
- Make a wish-board that you then hang e.g. in your bedroom.
Have a great 2011!