Sometimes, the most simple messages are the most powerful. They can give you clarity and with clarity comes a felt comfort and certainty. Who knows what the future looks like in the UK over the next five years? We shall have to see what gets done, when and how it gets done.
One certain thing is that 2019 is almost over. As you approach Christmas and a new year, you may feel a mixture of excitement and trepidation. You can be looking forward to some time off, but for whatever reason, you might not be expecting an easy time.
Take care this Christmas
Hanging out with the family can remind you of past losses and conflicts. It can be painful. As you move into this period, be sure to plan for how you can take care of you. Ask the question: what do I need to ensure I am OK this Christmas?
Looking back and Looking forward to 2020
Endings also bring periods of reflection.
- How satisfied have I been with the last 12 months?
- What did I accomplish?
- What were my failings?
As well as looking back, you may find yourself setting new year’s resolutions. Will they succeed?
Of course, NY Resolutions often fail for many people. One reason is that they tend to be abstract aspirations rather than clearly defined actions. For example, you might say: I want to lose weight rather than I will eat one sugary snack with my lunch on a Wednesday and Friday. Clear actions are easier to start and set you up for success. Whatever you are thinking about for next year, get clear about what, where, when and how long for you want to change something.
Close the year and plan the next
The last three years, around this time, I’ve completed a Year Compass. This wonderful booklet and exercise in reflection and planning help me to track my success in my personal and professional life.
a sucker for getting stuff done and then finding the next thing to do. It’s
easy for me to overlook my accomplishments. Fool me!
If I don’t celebrate my successes, then what’s the point in working towards something meaningful?
For now, I’m taking a rest. When I come back in January, I’m going to get started on my Year Compass. Download your FREE copy here, so you can do the same when you’re ready.
It’s is my final weekly round-up of 2019. I’m looking forward to sharing more ideas with you in 2020 to help you work, love, play and feel better.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Openforwards Weekly Round-up
- The Year Compass.The booklet that helps you close the year and plan the next. Using questions and exercises rooted in psychology it takes you through the past year, then helps you turn your dreams into achievable goals.
- Coping with Bereavement at Christmas. Podcast interview on RTE Radio 1 Drivetime with Psychologist, Paul D’Alton.
- Do Brain Training Exercises help your Brain or do they just make you better at brain training exercises? Article by Christian Jarrett, on British Psychological Society Research Digest.
- How do you open up, be present and do what matters?Article by Jim Lucas on how to finally address those longstanding struggles.
- Merry Christmas Everybody.Build up your Christmas spirit with the West Midlands finest Christmas song ever!