Christmas has come and gone. It is sometimes unreal how quickly an event or holiday tends to come and go. Especially when it is something we really look forward too. This year has been that way for me. We look forward to birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, vacations, etc. Sometimes though our plans get delayed. The events don’t go as we had hoped they would. Vacations get pushed back or cancelled. The list goes on.

Each year so many things happen in our lives. Both for the good and the not so good. The not so good also seem to sneak up on us at times. That is what life is. All these little pieces of a puzzle if you will to make an overall picture.

All these puzzle pieces fit into our lives a certain way. All the things that happen, again, both good and bad, cause us or lead us to take some of the paths we take in our life. Some of these can be successes that lead us to landing our dream job or an opportunity we thought we never had. Others of these cause us to rethink our current directions. They teach us what is important or show us what we have been neglecting.

As this year comes to a close, I would challenge you to take just a few minutes to reflect on what this year has been for you. Reflect on it. Don’t dwell on it. Big difference. Look at your successes, your failures, your struggles and so on. How have they helped you? What have they taught you? Have they changed you for the better or the worse?

Self reflection is a time when you can evaluate where you have been and in what direction you are currently heading.  Have you made progress toward your goals?  Have you made steps in the directions of what you want to accomplish?

As I reflect on this year, I have many things that have helped me become a better me. There have been things that have help me with direction and change. If I look at these things one at a time and dwell on them, it could be not such a pleasant site. When I look at them as a whole, they have given me new insight. They have helped me to look at things with a new perspective. I am progressing in the direction I want to go and things I want to accomplish.  This may only be one small step each day, but it is still a step in that direction.

Now, I am not painting a picture of perfection, I’m just saying that even with the ups and downs of life, there can always be a lesson to be learned. It’s all in how you choose to look at it.

So again, I challenge you to reflect on this year. If it’s been a great year for you, then that’s awesome. Look how you can make it better. How can you help someone else this next year? If it hasn’t been a stellar year, what have you learned from it? How can you apply the lessons and make the improvements or changes for the coming year?

Do you have goals?  Do you have things you want to accomplish?  If so, then start with a plan to make that one small step each day toward that goal or accomplishment.  If not, then I would challenge you to also sit down and write out a few things you would like to do.  They could be personal items, changes, etc.  They could be career related.  What ever they might be, start by writing them down.  When you see them on paper, they become a little more real.

I would love to hear about some of your successes or trials throughout this past year and how you managed all the things in between.

I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that you will have a blessed new year.

Until next time…

I am a pretty simple guy, or at least I try to be. I love being outside and taking unexpected trips or adventures. I would love to be a seasoned writer some day. I try to improve upon myself each day. I have a beautiful wife and loving family who are my world.

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