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“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.”      Margaret Wheatley

Whether you are someone who makes resolutions, or you are not, the New Year does offer a unique opportunity for reflection, for looking at past choices and for dreaming about the future. It’s the perfect time to lay ground work for meaningful change in your life.

If you are not taking time for reflection, as the quote says, you will move blindly forward. I believe most of us would rather choose our paths than stumble around aimlessly. It’s hard to avoid the rocks and holes in the path when your eyes are closed. If we are being mindful in our lives we are always learning. Sometimes the lessons are big and sometimes they’re small.

So this year give yourself the gift of time. Curl up on the couch with your journal or head to your favorite coffee shop. Here are some steps to help you get started:

  1. Write down the lessons you learned in 2014?  Most resolutions are about our health, our wealth and our personal relationships. These are the things that matter to us the most because they impact our lives the most. Make a list of what worked and what didn’t work in these three areas of your life. Be very honest with yourself.
  2. What do you want to accomplish or change in 2015? You can consider these resolutions or goals. They need to be things you have control over and have the power to change. I suggest focusing on no more than 3 goals at this time. We may have the best of intentions, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
  3. Make a list of small changes you can make next month that will help you achieve your larger goal. Be very specific about what you plan to do. Small changes are easier to achieve and to maintain. When we are successful at maintaining these, we build self-confidence and satisfaction. In time, these small changes can become habits.  The keys to long-term change are persistence and patience.

Enjoy your time of reflection. I hope it leads to new insights and positive changes in your life.