When Thanksgiving is around the corner, we all feel the cheer of the Holidays. Family get togethers, big parties, festivals, gifts, etc. While we can lost in all of these celebrations, I believe it is important to reflect on the year that has passed and think about what happened. What has changed in your life? Did things get better or worse? What have you learned? How do you plan on making next year better than this year?
These are questions that I am going to be thinking about in the coming weeks, when I look back at everything that has happened in 2009. I will look back at all the goals I had written down for this year, and see if I had either completed, attempted or neglected my goals. I will think about what areas of my life have changed and how I have responded to those changes. I will make adjustments to my goal map and see what needs to be stepped up.
What I am getting at with all of this? Why the in-depth analysis? I believe that the vast majority of people fail to take a good hard look in the mirror and talk to themselves. Find out what is really going on. Most people are clueless to what forces are guiding their lives – they are just “going with the flow“, letting it take them where it may. As long as they are not drowning, they are not going to look out for the waterfalls ahead.
Have you ever noticed that most people make huge changes in their life when confronted with a huge pitfall in their life – loss of a job, loss of a loved one, depression, severe illness. Often times, they make such changes to their life that make them happier and more successful than ever before. My question to you, did they have to wait for something bad to happen before doing something good for themselves? Or is it just that people will only attempt to swim out of that “flow” once they are drowning?
Do not be a mere survivor – strive to thrive. Take a moment to get out of “the flow” and look around. Where is it taking you? Do you like what you see? If not, what other paths can you divert to? There is no better time to reflect upon this than now.