- Walking a marathon and raising £1,435 for ActionforME, one of the leading charities forging ahead with research and support for the illness I’ve had these last few years.
- Dad being in hospital for five weeks with an exploded vertebrae, and all of us being faced with the ghastly prospect that he might not leave.
- Feeling like the luckiest man on the planet to be surrounded by friends old and new in Portland over the summer. Completely blessed.
- Putting a huge amount of time and effort into writing the first 3 chapters of a book and a book proposal, only to realise that I was writing it for the wrong reasons. Project abandoned until I come up with a better idea.
- Spending Christmas laughing with the whole family, Dad included.
Right now, every blog is oozing with posts about the best of 2013, lessons learned in 2013 and all sorts of other reviews of the year, so now that I’ve offered my top 5 memorable moments I’d like to do something a little different. I’m contrary that way.
Let’s have a look back at 2014. The year that is still to happen.
A year that’s pregnant with possibility
Picture yourself a year from today. 2014 has raced by in what feels like no time at all, right? You’ve done some stuff. Had highs as well as lows. Laughed and cried. Soared and fallen. Been a sage and acted the fool.
One things for sure in 2014. You’ve lived.
From this vantage point, one year on, answer the questions below. Don’t just do this in your head – grab a notebook and write down your answers, sketch a picture or two, create a moodboard if the mood strikes, or hell, create a stage play and tour it.
There are some big questions here and there are some real gems to be found. Just don’t sell yourself short or give half-arsed answers. You’re better than that.
- What happened in 2014 that you’re most proud of? What achievement did you nail, what did you create, how did you make a difference or what did you accomplish that makes you glow or grin from ear to ear?
- What external challenges did you overcome during 2014? Maybe you worked through something career-related. Maybe you worked through something in your romantic life. Or maybe it was something financial or location-based that you overcame. What challenging situation or circumstances did you work through?
- What internal challenges did you overcome during 2014? This might be a trickier question to answer, so think gently about the fears you faced up to, the doubts you quashed and the damaging beliefs about yourself that you put an end to. What thoughts in your head did you finally conquer?
- How is your life different at the end of 2014 as a result of what you did in the answers above? How have you grown?
- Part way through 2014, you gave yourself a huge kick up the ass. It was certainly called for. But where specifically did you need that kick? And how did you do it with honesty and integrity, and without beating yourself up?
- What regrets do you have about 2014? Anything you’d like to have done differently? Something you wish you’d dealt with instead of hiding from? Did you let something with promise fizzle out? Or maybe there’s something you hoped to bring your best to, but didn’t?
- What’s another way of looking at these regrets? What’s a way of seeing them that serves you well or enables you, rather than being a way to beat yourself up?
- What were the 3 changes you implemented in 2014 that made the biggest difference to you? Perhaps you put a new practice in place that made you feel great. Maybe you finally let go of something that was holding you back. Or maybe you created something that really matters to you? Write down what those 3 big differences were, in as much detail as feels appropriate.
- What were the reasons these 3 things worked out so well? What part did you play, and what did you do that really helped these things take shape?
- How did you surprise yourself in 2014? Did you exhibit more guts or courage than you thought you had? Did you bounce back from a whopping great big failure? Or did you take a leap of faith?
- What do your answers to question 8 and 9 mean? If these things added up to something whole and true, what would it be? Or, if these things revealed something about yourself, what might that be?
- What made you feel as light as a bird in 2014? Maybe there was something you accepted fully, maybe there was something you stopped struggling against, or maybe there was something you stopped beating yourself up about. Write down your answer in as much detail as you want.
- How will you honour, express or celebrate everything you’ve done, achieved and learned in 2014? Don’t gloss over it as if it’s nothing – what’s a way of giving yourself credit?
Let me know how your 2014 went 🙂