As the end of another year appears on the horizon, you have an opportunity to take stock. So often when we reflect, we tend to dwell on what was not
accomplished and what did not
unfold in the way we had hoped or planned or deserved.
Our brains have a proclivity to focus on the negative and give less weight to the positive. However, neuroscience tells us we can
change those neural pathways and learn to view life through a different lens. How about a different approach this go round? Isn’t today a perfect day to begin to make this change? What do you have to lose by trying?
Here are a few tweaking questions to get you started:
- What did I accomplish in 2013? As you ponder, remember good things may come in small packages. Big, bold, and transformative may be awesome, but is not typically the norm as you move from day to day. What small changes did you make? Acknowledge them. Celebrate them. Give yourself credit.
- What are you grateful for? You may have experienced loss, disappointment, and frustration this year. Suffering of all types seems more common every day. But don’t ignore the good things that did happen, even if they seem few and far between.
Research indicates counting our blessings improves psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. Isn’t it time to find out if being thankful actually makes you even more thankful and gives you more to be thankful for?
Let me know what happens!
All the best,
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