It is not long until Christmas so I’m getting ready to close my clinic for two weeks and instead of working with my patients, I will work on looking after my family and my boys and having a great time.
Yesterday we talked about celebrating our successes. It is so important to notice what you’ve achieved this year because you can then work out what to do next. It is also just as important to have a think about the challenges you have faced over the past 12 months, what did not work so well.
Remembering what you found difficult may seem a bit negative but I never think of it in that way. I don’t say to myself ‘Oh goodness, that was terrible’. I use the challenges I faced in a positive way, I say instead ‘so, something did not quite work out how I wanted it to, I must learn from that experience, how can I go about learning from that?”
So I learn from my challenges and take one of two routes. I either decide not to make the same mistake twice and decide not to do whatever it was that was not successful. Alternatively I devise a different way of completing that task or achieving that goal by tweaking it so it becomes a success, not a challenge.
To move on to next year you must really think about the challenges you faced so you can work on those so you do not make the same mistakes.
It is all about learning from experience. It is simple, if it does not work, change it.
Over the next few weeks I will talk about next year’s goals, how to set them and how to achieve them.
Until the next time,