The time leading up to New Years is typically about everything but resolutions or related reflection. With the seasonal slew of parties, shopping, and travel, resolutions too often emerge spontaneously from the hazy shadow of holiday recovery. Little wonder these last minute, little thought out pledges barely make it beyond the starting gate. Heres a modest proposal to consider: forget the resolutions (for now). Instead of planning for 2011, take the day (or more) to mull, ponder, scrutinize, dissect, chew on, and generally pore over 2010. Think long and hard from where you were sitting last January 1st to now. What kind of year was it for your health and overall well-being? (Do I hear applause, sighs, groans?) What were your successes? Your failures? Unfinished business? New or ongoing excuses? (Hint: Brutal honesty and unbridled inquest are key here.) Wherever you are in your Primal journey, this New Years Eve theres a lot to gain from a serious and thorough self-review.
So, heres the nitty gritty. Find some time when you can be by yourself (or at least be free from rampant interruption). Take out some paper. Yes, really. Commit to the process. Heres a PDF you can print off for this very purpose. (Added bonus: it pairs perfectly with the document in tomorrows post. Stay tuned.) Start perusing this years story.
Recall your triumphs and failures in all their revealing detail. Ask yourself what was behind the successes and shortcomings. Look your ghosts in the eye. Submitting yourself to this examination is a crucial step of the process. (You dont want to be a step-skipper, do you?)
The principle behind the exercise is this: understanding where youve been and how things have worked (or not) in the past will help you create a more promising agenda as you move forward. On the subject of health and wellness, what did you attempt this past year? Where were you successful in your endeavors? What strategies, relationships, and other aids facilitated that success? Where did you fall short? What about your approach or motivation just didnt get you over the hump? What excuses did you make? Write em all down every single one. What choices and situations contributed to your stumbling? What do you think couldve helped you gain back your traction?
Im sure you see what Im getting at here. Examine your experience and learn from it. Its not about kicking yourself for not following what shouldve worked. If youre genuinely committed, its about setting yourself up for success however that should look for you personally. Weve all dealt in trial and error. Its accepting the lesson that matters.
January 1, 2011
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