When we do our yearly reflection, we often aren’t proud of ourselves but rather disappointed in what we didn’t do or what we could have done better.  We think our accomplishments aren’t all they could have been and that our setbacks are just the worst things that could have happened.

The reality is that accomplishments, no matter how small they seem to you, are still something to be proud of. And those setbacks are often a blessing in disguise.

During your yearly reflection, take some time to do the following exercise:

Grab your favorite beverage, find a cozy spot and take out a notepad and pen.

Create 2 columns on the paper and in one column write your accomplishments.  All of them, no matter what they were.  In the other column write down all your setbacks.

Once you have that list together look at the setbacks and think back to opportunities that arose at the same time.  Jot those opportunities down and really consider whether these were really setbacks or if they were a blessing in disguise.

Was the new opportunity a better fit for you than what you were “losing” at the time?

Was this maybe God’s way of pointing you in a different direction?  Teaching you? Growing you?

Often the things that we think are upsetting are just a redirect to something that will fulfill our lives and bring us joy.  It’s just a matter of realizing this and being able to appreciate it.

Now look at the list again and celebrate your accomplishments.  Big or small, they brought you to where you are today and who you have become.  They deserve to be acknowledged and given gratitude.

You may be surprised at the joy that you feel in your heart during this exercise.  In the future I suggest doing this exercise quarterly.  The reason for this is that by writing down your accomplishments and setbacks every few months, it is easier to remember it all and be grateful rather than just once a year.

If you would like to discuss your list and see if we can come up with more accomplishments or setbacks together, just reach out. Or, if you want to set up New Year Planning Sessions, I am happy to help!

Have the Wonderful Christmas and Jubilant New Year!!!