What a year! First, take a moment to give thanks for the year. The ups, downs, and everything in between. Without them, we will not know ourselves and our capabilities.
As the year is coming to a close, many people are focusing on their challenges (or what I call, “character-building moments”). While it is okay to reflect, one must ensure that they are looking at the challenges / character-building moments in the right way. Right now, many people are saying, “Oh, this year sucked!” or “I can’t wait until 2017!” Well, in order to make sure the next year is phenomenal, you must weed and feed. This year, you planted a seed for yourself. But just with plants, you must prune them to allow it to grow healthy. In life, we must prune the negativity, bad habits, and things that do not deserve to move on with us. After pruning, we must feed our life positive energy in order to flourish.
Life is quite an interesting experience. Many times, people go through the motions carrying everything that they’ve experienced, never letting go of unnecessary things.
At the end of the year, people typically spend time making “New Year’s Resolutions” to begin at the start of the new year. For some, the resolutions fall to the wayside after the first few weeks or months. Although there is nothing wrong with someone setting out to improve themselves through their resolutions, they must first get to the basics.